Liebing nods. “Experts like Daniel have incredibly detailed hearing, which is enormously important because sound design isn’t really something you can learn; you have to have it in your blood. But there are moments when you need a precise measurement, for instance to find out what exactly isn’t quite right about a sound: is it a second order or a fourth order? The octaves are particularly difficult,” says the sound expert.
KNOW YOUR SOUNDS
For all those not familiar with the terminology of sound design: “orders” are like the fingerprint of an engine. Boxer, V-engine, in-line six – all engines have different ratings within these orders, and thus produce different sounds. The sound of a six-cylinder in-line engine, for example, is determined by the third and sixth order and, because there are no “equal” (loud) secondary orders, it is smooth. The eight-cylinder engine has the fourth as the main ignition order, but when it is loud secondary orders also appear, about 2.5 and 4.5, which create a rougher sound. Complicated as this seems, it all has to be taken into consideration when fine-tuning the sound of an engine.