4 unsung heroes of sound editing

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I started editing on Adobe After Effects CS3 back in Jan/Feb of 2009, while I was a young Airman serving in NC. What did you first learn to edit on? Granted, After Effects is not meant to be a traditional editor, but even guys like Kendy Ty use it as an all-purpose shop. It's possible.

Without further ado- who are the players that you should always have suit up for a game? Comment below! These guys I use routinely. I can't picture an edit job without them nowadays. And these, mind you, are basic tools. The pros with far more experience and tools at their disposal make me look like Jim Carey from The Cable Guy.

1. Low Pass Filter

As with all of these clips, the first 7.5 seconds or so will have the filter ON, and the last 7.5 seconds or so will NOT have the selected filter on. I use this turkey the most. Want to make a sound duller? Want to focus on the bass? Want to make your techno reverberate from the other room? Look no further. This first track includes the music "Battle (End)" by BoxCat Games.

2. Treble

I know what song you're thinking of. Don't. Take treble out to make a noise sound further away. Again, the first 7.5 seconds or so have the filter applied. The last 7.5 or so do not. On Adobe Premiere, you can take away treble all the way up to -24. Not every sound in your scene is present. Some need to sound 30 feet away. Keep treble in mind. 

3. Bandpass

This guy... I've been using him since long before I knew what it was. Without getting all technical with hifalutin jargon (partly because I taught math and largely because I'm from Georgia), just know this: if you want that telephone effect, bandpass. Do you want to "squeeze" a sound, like music, through a tiny set of speakers (e.g. earbuds)? Bandpass. Do you need to go all Peter Frampton on your triangle? Bandpass.

4. Notch 

Last but not least, the essential notch filter. Use this guy at around 300 Hz or so to cut the music bed just enough for the vocals to really cut through. It's subtle, and as with all of these sounds, if you're listening through your phone's tiny speakers, you probably won't be able to discern the nuances in the before and after. Good luck.


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Jake

Las Vegas

I want to encourage others and bring honor to the Almighty in everything that I do with film and video. My goal is to take the first 11 minutes of my tv pilot and seek out decision-makers who can further the conversation about developing it into a show. If my team and I can do that, then we can teach 100,000 other microbudget filmmakers how to do the same thing so that we might tell stories of hope to millions. In the meantime, I'm a son of the King, a family man, a lifelong student of film, and the author of two microbudget filmmaking books.