Getting Started With Sound Design Do you dream of recording and mixing audio for film? Maybe you do film shorts on a local level with other creatives and are looking to improve your sound design you should consider some of these resources. Depending on the end goal, you can use stock audio files through an online subscription platform like Audioblocks. The other thing to consider is purchasing a DAW that allows you to score the audio to the video, and gives you a frame by frame look at the video for recording foley. Foley artists recreate the realistic ambient sounds that the film portrays. The props and sets of a film often do not react the same way acoustically as their real life counterparts. Foley sounds are used to enhance the auditory experience of the movie. Foley can also be used to cover up unwanted sounds captured on the set of a movie during filming, such as overflying airplanes or passing traffic. For this I would highly consider an industry standard like Pro Tools. In addition to the sound effects and background music you may need to create a custom audio file for a trailer or radio spot. Having access to a recording studio and studio musicians is a major plus. There are other platforms online that can also give you access to musicians on an hourly basis or a per project basis. Many sound designers prefer to do it all themselves, especially with home studios being so accessible. If you have never played an instrument before, you can take music lessons through various learning platforms like Lynda.com. You can take vocal lessons, guitar lessons, and online bass lessons from very reliable sources for an affordable rate. No matter your preference, the ability to obtain audio files to use with your film project is a must for any producer. You may be the do it yourself producer/engineer or you may be the technical type that is great behind the boards but have never picked up an instrument in your life. If that’s the case then even taking lessons is probably out of the question for you. Give it time and you will figure it out.