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How to sound design magic spell sound effects

Learn how to approach designing magic sound effects in the latest episode of Waveform featuring The Odyssey Collection: Essentials sound library.

The YouTube series Waveform is an incredibly educational (and very funny) resource for sound designers to learn about how and why iconic sounds are created for games, films, and television. Produced entirely by Marshall McGee, who is currently a game audio sound designer at Avalanche Studios, each episode of the video series focuses on a specific sound or style and takes the viewer through the entire creation process – from recording (often with an iPhone mic) to designing, layering, and processing.

In the latest episode, McGee tackles magic spell sound design by breaking down the creation process for the mystical, impactful sounds as heard in Harry Potter films and games. Rather than recording every sound from scratch, this episode illustrates a more practical sound design workflow by featuring The Odyssey Collection: Essentials – our renowned "Swiss Army knife" general library of professional, cinematic sound effects curated from the life's work of award-winning sound editors Mark Mangini & Richard L. Anderson.

Watch the video above to see McGee and sound designer Akash Thakkar each design their own magic spell sounds using the same 5 sound effects from Odyssey Essentials.

The Odyssey Collection: Essentials is a powerful sonic tool for any project. Discover how the Odyssey Essentials library will boost creative inspiration for any project with award-winning quality:


A big thanks to Marshall McGee for featuring PSE in this episode!

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The Odyssey Collection: Essentials - by Mark Mangini &amp; Richard L. Anderson