Qtorial: Creating Film Music with QSoundFX

by Abby @ Quaver on June 25, 2012

in In the Quaver Classroom!,Qtorials,QuaverMusic.com

Last week we introduced you to QSoundFX and its creator, Kenny!

Now, Quaver will lead you through a quick QSoundFX project to show you the ropes of this fun, new tool!

Quaver Sound Effects Machine: QSoundFX

Experiment with these ideas this summer and impress your friends, classmates, or students with your amazing film-scoring skills!


Take it away, Quaver!

Do you ever stop to think about the music in your favorite movies? If you’ve ever seen a Star Wars film, then you know the ominous theme music that’s played the moment Darth Vader comes on the screen. I bet you could even sing it now! What about Harry Potter, or Braveheart or any number of modern day films? Can you hear their theme music without digging out the DVD?

Film music is a massive part of the movie business (computer game music is almost as big!), and we wanted to create an easy way for kids (and adults) to learn the basics of scoring a piece of film!  QSoundFX is a starting point for kids to score the videos they see in front of them, either with live music or music created in one of Quaver’s Studio Creatives.

Try this QSoundFX project to get started:

1. Pick your Video

  • Go to QuaverMusic.com, log-in, and head to Quaver’s Lab.
  • Enter QSoundFX!
  • Click on the video: Hill Bonk for this exercise – it will cost 25 QuaverNotes.
    • You can also try this project with one of Quaver’s Free QSoundFX Videos!

  • Watch the video! Use a pencil and paper to note the key moments in the video, plus the overall length of the video.
    • Hint: In Hill Bonk we crash at 3, 5, and 13 seconds.

2. Create or choose your song

  • All the clips are designed to fit with a tempo of Moderato, so Hill Bonk (a fine piece of cinema I am sure you will agree!) is 19 seconds long or 8 measures at Moderato tempo. Now we know that the music has to be 8 measures at Moderato and it will fit the video just perfectly!
  • Now, you can go to QGrooves and create a backing track to suit the scene OR go to QBackBeat and create a rhythm track of 8 measures including special hits at 3, 5 and 13 seconds.
  • Use QuaverNotes to make your piece into an MP3 then pick it up in QSoundFX by clicking “Click here to load a Play-Along Track!” under the song title.

3. Now add your Sound Effects!

  • Explore the pre-made sound effects in the categories to the left of the Video player. You’ll see the sounds in each category in the sidebar to the right.
  • Drag and drop the sound to one of the three SFX lines below the video. Overlap sounds by using multiple SFX lines!
  • Or you can record your own sound effects with the online microphone in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Boom Chicka Boom! You’ve created your first piece of film music.

Watch out John Williams!

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