Sunday, 9 October 2011

A Word About Sound

Hi All,
The question of adding music came up on the Anime Studio Forum so I thought I'd briefly describe how I do it here.
In editing software I compile all the storyboard images to create an animatic. I also sometimes roughly animate the images in Anime Studio to give an idea of the action. After the dialogue tracks are added I often add music and effects to get a feel for how things are progressing. For the music I use Magix Music Maker. Magix has an excellent range of samples available but you can, of course, use any instrument samples. You can also use your MIDI keyboard for creating melodies and chords if you wish as within Music Maker is a full orchestra of authentic sounds available. Luckily Music Maker has a video window so I can load the animatic and build up a music track to match the visuals where I think music is required.

This is an early version of part of the animatic that I've added music to. I've since changed it a little to make it a bit more dramatic after a colleague made a few suggestions.

For dialogue I have each character recorded separately. I then load the track into an audio editor and select and save each line. This makes things much easier when animating as each line can be loaded into Anime Studio for Lip Synch. I give each character a track in the video editing software also.

That's it for now. Until next time....

All text and images (c) 2011 Dale Hemenway


  1. What do you use for sound effects?

  2. Hi Jessica951,

    I have several sound effects CD's, I get some from sound effects sites but, wherever possible I record my own using a portable minidisc recorder.

  3. what sound effects cds would you recommend?

  4. There are many but the Magix Video and Photo Show ones are good as they are completely Royalty Free.
    You can change the sounds in audio software and usually get the sound you are after.