Sound Spotting refers to the analysis and evaluation of an audio recording using the aid of a soundtracking device. While sound spotting can be performed using a physical sound device like a microphone or sound mixer, the digital sound recording method is much preferred. In sound spotting, a sound spotter compares two sound samples and assigns a rating to each one.
Sound Spotting Templates
When designing sound spotting templates, it’s important to consider various sound spotting format like sound spotting film, sound spotting word, sound spotting document and so on. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. For instance, when comparing the film with a sound editing program, the visual elements of the film will always come ahead during the evaluation phase. This is because, in sound spot, the sound that is recorded using film cannot be processed later on with the help of sound editing software. It is for this reason that many sound editors prefer to work with a verbal description rather than a written one.
On the other hand, working digitally and using a verbal description makes a sound editor’s job easier. He does not have to make a movie and pass it through the entire production editing process, but he can easily make one soundtrack and then use the digital tools on the sound track to trim, analyze and modify it accordingly. This is the same way as when a director wants to add music or background sound to his picture edit. He can do so by cropping the audio in the editing track and saving the resulting picture as a soundtrack. In sound spotting session, the sound editor must first make a rough estimate of the changes that he wants to make.
After completing the rough cut version of the screenplay, an aspiring sound editor can easily transfer the rough cut into a final screenplay format by downloading it from online websites. Such websites are capable of both converting a screenplay into a VHS tape recording and converting the screenplay into a digital format. A budding sound editor can start earning money right away by selling his VHS copy to fund the development of his future projects.
A sound spotting session cue contains the entire master playback of a television show or movie. The quality of the sound depends upon the skills and expertise of the sound editor. A good editor must be capable of detecting the important parts of the script and then supplementing those parts with appropriate sound effects.
During the sound spot, a set of reference sounds like a car engine, footsteps, talking birds and doorbell rings are used. These sounds must be placed in the scenes which will help the sound editor in identifying the exact locations of sound sources. Another technique used is to record the dialogue separately from the music. Once the editor identifies the locations of music and dialogue tracks, he can match them with the locations of the car engine sound or other relevant sound elements. This technique helps in saving a lot of time as the editor can easily remove any background sound when the scene demands it.
Sound editing is also a specialized form of sound recording. It is mainly required when there is some kind of reverb on the dialogue track. The use of reverb during the editing phase makes the sound very evident. It is a useful tool for removing all the background noises during the scene where the dialogues or the car engine is speaking.
Sound recording is a very important aspect of film sound design. It helps in completing a sound design job by eliminating unwanted noises in the final project. It is the key to achieve a professional-looking film and helps to impart the right mood to the viewers. An amateur can’t create such convincing sound effects.