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    Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    I'm wondering if anybody has any first-hand experience with this sound effects library created by Tommy Tallarico. It's on sale at Sound-Ideas and I'm wondering if it's a good value.

    In particular, I'm curious as to why the library contains over 19,000 effects on only 7 cds while the 6000 series "General" has only 7600 effects on 40 cds.

    Is the library good for film or is it only designed for games and multimedia applications?

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper

    Is the library good for film or is it only designed for games and multimedia applications?
    I haven't had any experience with the library, but I'm a bit curious as to why a library would be good for one medium but not another? I've done plenty of sound design for both games and film and have yet to see where I would need a lesser or different library for either... You're creating sound for picture either way, and the resolution really needs to be the same to begin with, and in many cases, ends up the same. ...Just asking... There are many misconceptions about game sound, so let's try to get rid of them when and where we can.
    regards,
    Tim

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    I have had experience with his "Sound Ideas" library, honestly Im not a big fan of it. I found that alot of the sounds don't sound very good in general, on top of that the overall usuability of the library isnt very good. For example (with the version of the library I used) you would have a sound called "sword twirl" which is the sound of two swords twirling in the air. Interesting sound... but I would have rather seen sword slash sounds, sword impacts.. etc etc, no where to be found. Thats the problem with the library, it's not very specific though it does cover alot of bases. It has categories like "hockey organ music" and "BMX", I have yet to find a huge need for this library, especially when doing sound design for games. I would steer clear of Sound Ideas and probably this library as well. Personally, I would recommend the Hollywood Edge library, it's a tad expensive, but way more usable. Also, I would recommend you look at X-Treme FX (http://www.ilio.com/usb/xtreme_fx/) it's a new vst plugin and uses sounds from hollywood edge, it's EXTREMELY usable and at an affordable price too. Hope this info helps.

    Rich

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Quote Originally Posted by TLarkin
    but I'm a bit curious as to why a library would be good for one medium but not another?
    Hi Tim, this is exactly what I was wondering, but for whatever reason the library is marketed as being "Designed for Games and Interactive Entertainment".


    I know libraries designed for cartoons don't translate well into anything else but don't see why that would be the case with "The SFX Kit".

    Thanks.

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rich D
    I have had experience with his "Sound Ideas" library, honestly Im not a big fan of it. I found that alot of the sounds don't sound very good in general, on top of that the overall usuability of the library isnt very good.

    Rich
    Thanks for the honest opinion Rich, sometimes reviews can be easy on a product.

    Are you referring to Sound Ideas Libraries in general or specifically to "The SFX Kit"?

    I'll definitely check out the other libraries you mentioned before making any decisions.

    Thanks.

    Brian

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Hey Brian,

    The SFX Kit in particular... havent been too impressed with it. What sounds I have used on game projects, Ive had to heavily modify. I will say this though, it does have an astonishung amount of footstep sounds, but some of the other categories are just rediculous as I mentioned earlier. Personally, I would totally steer clear of this lib.. save some cash.. and go for Hollywood Edge, or if your a VST kind of guy, give X-Treme FX a try, it's pretty damn cool for the price and has a good selection of really usable sounds.

    Rich

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Quote Originally Posted by Looper
    Hi Tim, this is exactly what I was wondering, but for whatever reason the library is marketed as being "Designed for Games and Interactive Entertainment".


    I know libraries designed for cartoons don't translate well into anything else but don't see why that would be the case with "The SFX Kit".

    Thanks.
    Good point Looper. I guess the marketing itself is to blame.
    Best,
    Tim

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Tim, Looper, all,

    It's dominated by sounds/file less than one second long, recorded in mono.

    Brian

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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    Sorry, I've never used The SFX Kit.

    I too have been disappointed with Sound Ideas. I just expected better sonic quality.

    But to be fair, I've always been disappointed whenever I've purchased a sound fx library. I think Impact Effects 1 and 2 were the only ones that lived up to my expectations. Power Surge and Crash and Burn are pretty good too.

    I still use Sound Ideas a ton. Just the vastness of it is good for source material. There's a track of a .357 Magnum that must have been recorded from 100 yards away. It would be comical if you actually used it as a gun sound in a game, but it can accentuate the crack of lightning when you layer it in low. I guess all I'm saying is that with effects and layering you can get a lot out of a little.
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    Re: Opinions on "The SFX Kit"

    I think the idea behind the SFX kit (from what I gathered from talking to Joey) is that it's more finished product types of sounds. We all know how fun it is making button clicks and other menu sounds that film and TV designers don't have to worry about. As for the Sound Ideas libraries in general, I find their libraries to be very good and used them as the basis for a lot of the games i have worked on. Mind you, they are just tools and no library will make you a decent designer any more than Viagra makes you a better lover.

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