Sound for the screen: 5 essential toolkits for sound design

Here are some useful tools to aid you in crafting the perfect soundscape.

Our recent Sound For The Screen guide is packed with practical, expert guidance on creating audio for film and TV. This plug-in selection has been extracted from the main feature which you can sink your teeth into here.

Omnisphere 2 by Spectrasonics

Omnisphere

Essential for sound designers, Omnisphere’s second coming added expanded synthesis options to its already bursting-at-the-seams sonic library. There’s little else out there that delivers the same breadth and scope as this.

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Price £285. Read our full review here.

U-he Zebra 2

u-he zebra 2

This is a playground of a synth with a powerful sound engine, a range of sculpting tools, and four wavetable oscillators with integrated spectral effects. The amount of synthesis combinations allows for an endless creativity.

Price €199.

Density by Mammoth Audio

Mammoth Audio Density

Newly launched at NAMM, the Density sample instrument brings together unsettling sounds that are beautifully, terrifyingly tailored to thriller-scoring. In addition to the 1,500 samples, there’s a master effects section with two characterful distortions.

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Price $299/$349. Read more here.

Punish by Heavyocity

Heavyocity

To inject some character and flavour to your soundtrack, consider Punish, a four-in-one beast that enables compression, EQ, limiter and transient modules that can transport the feel of your track somewhere else entirely.

Price $199. Read our full review here.

Soundtoys 5 by Soundtoys

Soundtoys

This bundle contains some of the most popular creative plug-ins around at the moment, from reverbs and pitch-shifting to the extremely flexible Decapitator analogue-saturation model.

Price $249.

Check out our guide on soundtracking for film and television. For our buyer’s guide on essential cinematic sample libraries, check here

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