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A Brief History of the Wilhelm Scream

From the thunderclaps haunting Frankenstein’s castle (repurposed for Back to the Future’s lightning strikes) to Tarzan’s reverberating 1932 jungle call (repurposed as screams for both the Star Wars and James Bond franchises), many of Hollywood’s stock sound effects have become staples in the film industry. But one in particular has become a legend by appearing

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YouTube Content ID Claims and Stock Music: Why It Happens and What To Do

Update April 29, 2016: YouTube has changed the way it handles monetization during Content ID claims. Monetized videos will now continue to earn revenue during the claim process, which YouTube will hold until the claim is resolved. YouTube will payout the held revenue to either the video creator or the claimant based on the resolution.

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How Two Teenage Brothers Got Their Music in Breaking Bad

While Breaking Bad celebrated record-crushing ratings during its 4th season finale, Bronson and Preston Taalbi were high-fiving in their musical headquarters—also known as their parents’ basement in Wisconsin. The brothers had just experienced the national debut of their first song “Freestyle” to an audience of nearly 3 million viewers. And they were only 13 and

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7 Essential Audio Editing Tips

Whether you are a seasoned sound mixer or a humble beginner just learning how to use looping tracks, sound effects, and production music, here are some tips and tricks for putting together the perfect audio track.   1. Good Sound Editing Begins With Good Recording Make sure to use a recording device you are familiar

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The Following Preview Features Slow Theme Music

If there’s one thing Hollywood loves more than reboots, it’s pairing them with slow trailer music—and for good reason. If you want audiences to know in the first few seconds that a film is not going to be all moonlight and roses, the quickest way to show them is often through its sound (the more

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The Sounds of Marvel Movies

Superfans really don’t enjoy it when you mess with their favorite characters or storylines—just ask George Lucas. Not only do fans of his Star Wars franchise continue to hold grudges over characters like Jar Jar Binks and the controversial reversal of Han’s shooting first, but they scrutinize and dissect every minute detail, from lightsaber design

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Sound on Sound: An Interview with Steve Saada

If you’ve ever listened to Selina Meyer cracking a pointed punchline, you’re probably unknowingly familiar with the work of Steve Saada. At just twenty-six years old, Steve is already a staple of the sound department in Baltimore and Washington, D.C., productions, having worked as a boom operator, sound mixer, and audio utility in more than

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The Difficulties in Licensing Jimi Hendrix Music

Close your eyes and try to think of the 1960s without thinking of Jimi Hendrix. It’s virtually impossible. In a few short years of recording, he became known as a guitar god who helped usher in such mainstays as righteous guitar burning, heavy metal, and playing with your teeth in lieu of picks, among others.

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How “Talkies” Standardized the Modern Frame Rate

The year is 1928, Warner has just released “The Jazz Singer,” the first feature film with spoken dialogue, and audiences are completely and utterly stunned. It’s the start of a new era in which audio is taken just as seriously as visuals. Before the advent of spoken dialogue in film, going to the cinema was

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