Chapter 7: The Music & Sound FX

Music and sound effects are often the unsung heroes of a motion graphics video project. Great motion design requires great sound design. Never let sound design be an afterthought.

GREAT MOTION DESIGN REQUIRES GREAT SOUND DESIGN.

The reason video is so effective in engaging viewers is because it appeals to so many of our senses. While our eyes focus on the motion and our minds engage with the story, our hearts are drawn in by the fast paced music of an exciting story, or the dramatic low notes of a brand narrative. Choosing the right music and sound effects is key to the success of your video.

How To Choose The Best Sound Design

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INtro and Outro Music

  • Use a bookends for the video
  • Select the right vibe or tone




Keep the Audience in Mind

  • What is appealing to your audience?
  • Let demographics set the genre




Understand Your Budget

  • Stock music and sound is a good route
  • A custom composer can be expensive




Utilize Music Libraries

  • There are several great sound effects available from online music libraries




Set the right pace

  • Make your selection based on rhythm
  • Utilize pace for highlighting stops/starts




Appeal to the Heart

  • Use dynamics (softer/louder) at the right moments within the motion design
  • Align the sound design with your WHY