February 27th, 2010 – There are a lot of different types of jobs in the audio industry outside of music. One of the sectors that’s rising in profile is sound design. Sound designers can work on movies and television, or on video games. They work with sounds they’ve recorded, or vast libraries that they maintain and apply effects to. It’s their job to accurately aurally portray the speed of that Porsche, or the sub-woofer rattling roar of a gigantic octopus-faced sea monster.
I’ve been interested in dipping my toes into this realm, and one of the best resources I’ve found is the website Designing Sound. Run by Miguel Isaza, Designing Sound has how-to articles, and great interviews and specials with industry heavyweights. Honestly, you can only get good at sound design by actually doing projects, but getting advice from the people who have worked on your favorite video games and movies, is a huge boon.