Hi all. I'm new here and I'm also new to sound design. I use Cubase 6.5 and I write band demos and write orchestral film-type compositions. However, I want to branch out and into sound design too.
I'm aware of a few sites where I can download free individual samples and buy ceratin specific sample sounds etc, which is what I plan to use initially to test the water.
However, I'm just wondering what's the best way to go about getting video to design the sound for. Ideally I want relatively short pieces with no dialogue. However, willing to have some with dialogue as long as there not other audio on them (such as effects or music) that I'd have to spend ages trying to EQ out as best as I can. I really don't mind what the subject is as I just want to start trialling and erroring and finding my feet with sound design.
Any help would be HUGELY appreciated as I'm having no luck so far!
How I learned how to do Sfx, foley, and scoring is to use scenes from films I have not seen before, so I have no pre conceived notion of how things sound like, especially with scoring. Then I choose a scene, convert to QuickTime and mute the audio tracks. Then I design away and mix. Then I compare the way i edit with the actual sound from the movie. Very good leaning tool. I would do a Hollywood action, romantic comedy, documentary and a thriller, and maybe an old classic film that never had a score and see how adding music, sfx, foley adds or detracts from it.
Alternatively you could find an indie film director and score a short on spec.