Was sind Soundeffekte?

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If you are thinking we are going to talk about special effects, you may be in the wrong article, because we will be targeting another kind of SFX: sound effects. Yes, SFX stands for both special effects and sound effects, a bit confusing, but hey we didn’t make the rules! We have, though, released a whole bunch of royalty free sound effects, that you will for sure want to check.

But before you get your hands on editing, here are some more things you need to know about sound effects. First of all, they are a huge part of sound design, no matter what kind of content you are creating and, most importantly, if your content is audio-based. If you have a podcast, then sound effects are a must, but even if you are doing a video, they can be helpful to create transitions or add a little extra something to the content. 

If you are doing a movie, documentary, or music video, SFX will be your best friend as they will help you to set the mood in many scenes. As we talked about in our article about diegetic sounds, sound effects play a huge role in films and are a great way for filmmakers to make the worlds that they build feel even more powerful. Think of any great movie in history and you will realize how all the sounds play a major role in storytelling. 

The magic of any kind of film is making audiences part of the world they are seeing on screen. Sound is a crucial aspect of making a scene seem more realistic, even if they are enhanced by sound editing. A real gunshot is not as loud as it seems in movies and most thunders aren’t as scary as they are on screen. Still, without those sounds, something would seem off, as we have grown so accustomed to them, we expect to hear them when watching a movie. 

Not only do they help make a scene seem more real, but they also boost emotions in the audience. Actually, movie score composers carefully consider how to use familiar sounds in unusual ways to make us feel uncomfortable and tense. Many times these sounds are buried in the movie score or even as subtle sound waves to generate different emotions. For example, infrasound is well-known for creating an unsettling sensation and freaking audiences out. This is a low-frequency sound that cannot be heard but literally unsettles human beings down to our bones. While human ears begin to hear a sound at 20 Hz, Infrasound exists at 19 Hz and below, that is why we can’t actually hear it but still feel it. 

Sound effects are so big, that they have become an art form themselves. Foley sounds recreate those heard on-screen and are made by actual humans. This old-school way of recording sound effects is still very much used on many films and gives an authentic touch to any creation.

Obviously, you can make videos without using sound effects, but since beauty is in the details, they will for sure be a plus when creating audiovisual content and your audience will appreciate it. Be sure to browse around our sound effects library, which includes door sounds, siren sounds, and many more. Add them to your videos and get ready to step up your editing game!