ZCM 47 Sound effects No. 1 cassette

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Catalogue numberZCM 47
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TitleSound effects No. 1 cassette
Cover conditionGood
Record conditionNear mint
BBC records label codeB
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Media typeRED 47
Media genreSound effects View all other tracks listed as Sound effects.
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Compiled and edited by Rosemary Davis, actress, playwright and broadcaster who has written the following notes and hints on the use of this record.

THE BBC SOUND EFFECTS LIBRARY is generally acknowledged to be the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, comprising approximately 6,000 recorded sounds. Now, for the first time, a selection of these high-quality recordings - used in BBC Radio and Television productions - has been published and made available to professional and amateur theatrical companies and film-makers. The selection has been edited to present those effects most frequently required in plays and home-movies.

The record's on the turntable, you've decided which effects to use, it's simply a matter of incorporating them into your play, or on to your sound-track. If your experience and equipment are limited - have courage - it's not difficult, and the results can be sensational.

Sound effects for plays should always be re-recorded on to tape in the order in which they will be required, with a band of coloured leader tape between them so you may see exactly where each one begins. Time the duration for which you will need a continuous background sound - like traffic - and make sure you assess the timings generously. Actors don't always play scenes at the same speed, and a line intended to mark a dramatic moment, such as: ''Will this rain never stop!'' falls damply on an audience who heard it stop just ten seconds before. Build up the required length of time on the tape by re-recording the same sound several times, being careful to eliminate any fading or silent pauses between each repetition.

I've also found it more convenient to transfer film sound effects on to tape first, in order to run film and tape together. Depending on the equipment, there could be a slight reduction in sound quality, and you may prefer to record directly on to the film. (But do practise first on the blank strip of film at the beginning and end of the reel. Film stripe works as recording tape but wears faster, especially if subjected to heavy noises.)

To record the effect you want from the disc at the exact instant it begins, link up record player and tape-recorder / film projector, and play, without recording, the effect immediately preceding. When it ends, count to yourself the seconds that elapse before the next track begins. Now repeat the process, switching on the recorder / projector one second before the pause preceding your required effect ends. (Some film projector recording heads delay a frame or two before picking up the sound, and you may have to take this into account.)

Use the recorder / projector modulator to bring up or fade out an effect - for example, the footsteps of a man departing or approaching. With most projectors it is also possible to superimpose a second effect on a background noise, through the microphone.

An extension loudspeaker is desirable if best results are to be obtained. It should be situated in the location from which the reproduced sound would normally be heard: i. e. for street noises in a play, immediately outside the door or window of the set; for a film sound-track, close to the screen.

The moment hen you run the film and actually hear the waves you can see thundering on to the beach is quite intoxicating. The maddening thing is, most of your audience will take it for granted. It's what they expect of waves.

Good luck!

Copyright note: he copying of the Sound Effects in this record onto tape for use in conjunction with a play or dubbing onto film is permitted.

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RED 47Sound effects No. 1

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