Learning to Describe Sound Accurately

Even if you aren’t destined to be a full-time sound designer, it is important to be able to communicate about sound with sound designers and engineers. Practice verbally describing what you hear, but avoid abstract adjectives whenever possible. Try to be as specific as possible. Instead of asking for “outdoor sounds,” try “crickets near dusk, and an occasional car passing on a distant highway.” Instead of saying “city sounds,” try “blaring horns, footsteps on pavement, and an occasional helicopter sound.” These are the details that make a sound mix convincing.