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For the studio nerds - a sound designer from Skywalker Sound discusses his work in the latest Avengers movie. Background on a few of the main characters and signature Marvel sounds. There are some interesting views of the individual tracks playing back on their mixing software and a brief discussion of immersive sound toward the end. Pretty cool.

https://vimeo.com/126456478

p.s. I haven't seen the movie yet so NO spoilers!
 

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I've often thought it would be a lot of fun to record and create sound effects for movies. IMO many of the newer action movies are waaaaay overdone in terms of the amount of sound elements, but a few accomplish it really well. I'm sure it's very difficult to balance it all.

I was looking again at the screenshot of the individual tracks in Pro Tools (I think). Interesting to see the dynamics of the different sounds. I'm by no means an expert in this field but to my eyes it actually looks like several tracks clip the signal in some areas.



What do you think? Wouldn't those elements sound distorted at pretty much any playback volume? Maybe it's intentional, but why?
 

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I wondered that too, about intentionally clipping sounds that would probably be distorted to our ears in real life, at real levels. It's definitely a reasonable guess. I'd be curious to hear it done both ways in a scene like this to see which sounds more real.

I do wonder how much freedom they have when it comes to sound and visual fx. I'm sure there are constant battles between directors, producers, mixers, etc. over how things should be done. Still, I agree it looks like a really fun profession.
 

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Thanks for the explanation. That certainly answers my question. I would have been surprised if the levels were set to cause intentional clipping. I hadn't paid attention to the level meters on the left side, I'm glad you pointed that out too. I went back and re-watched that part of the clip and it didn't look like any of the meter levels went into the yellow.
 
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