Today's advent calendar reveals the next part of "Useful Tips From The BOOM Sound Designers"
Felix Diekhake has some interesting tips about his work with Cubase and he tells you what he's using to beef up his sounds!
How does your project template look like?
My usual Cubase template is empty except for a marker track that I use for noting either filenames (for single SFX) or hitpoints/notes on important events (for video/cutscenes). Otherwise I have the media bay set at -10dB so new tracks will be created automatically with a headroom-friendly gain setting.
A useful approach for designing a sound
I'm still not sure whether it's useful or not, but I usually start out by just amassing a whole bunch of stuff that might be usable and then start organizing it into something that sounds good (always asking myself if I really need that particular soundfile in there. Well...trying to). So it's a trial-and-error approach followed by a critical listening phase. Something else I try to do is to keep things organized and simple: using marker tracks, folders and sub groups for tracks, and directly rendering simple EQ and panning settings into files rather than cluttering up the fx slots on single tracks with plugins.
Useful FX that you use almost always to beef up your sound.
FX as in plugins or in " Those awesome BOOM sounds"? For the first, see the next question, for sound effects: there's a bunch of go-to SFX in the BOOM collection that I use again and again; a favorite wood break that's nice and crispy, a favorite whoosh, a favorite punch, a favorite metal twang etc... it's nice to have something that you know for sure will work the way you want when you throw it in the mix. And then I scold myself for being lazy and go looking for something I haven't used before so the layered result will be something new.
Your favorite FX plugin and why is it your favourite?
There is a good reason why I have the pitch shift and pitch envelope function on a very-easy-to-reach shortcut key. As for VST Plugins not native to Cubase: hat tip to Michael for recommending HOFA's IQ EQ - I use it in pretty much every session (because it's really versatile and easy to use, sounds good and works the way it says).
Thanks Felix :-)