Sound for the screen: 5 essential toolkits for sound design

Here are some useful tools to aid you in crafting the perfect soundscape.

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Essential toolkits for sound design

Our recent Sound For The Screen guide is packed with practical, expert guidance on creating audio for film and TV. This plug-in selection has been extracted from the main feature which you can sink your teeth into here.

Omnisphere 2 by Spectrasonics


Essential for sound designers, Omnisphere’s second coming added expanded synthesis options to its already bursting-at-the-seams sonic library. There’s little else out there that delivers the same breadth and scope as this.

Price £285. Read our full review here.

U-he Zebra 2

u-he zebra 2

This is a playground of a synth with a powerful sound engine, a range of sculpting tools, and four wavetable oscillators with integrated spectral effects. The amount of synthesis combinations allows for an endless creativity.

Price €199.

Density by Mammoth Audio

Mammoth Audio Density

Newly launched at NAMM, the Density sample instrument brings together unsettling sounds that are beautifully, terrifyingly tailored to thriller-scoring. In addition to the 1,500 samples, there’s a master effects section with two characterful distortions.

Price $299/$349. Read more here.

Punish by Heavyocity


To inject some character and flavour to your soundtrack, consider Punish, a four-in-one beast that enables compression, EQ, limiter and transient modules that can transport the feel of your track somewhere else entirely.

Price $199. Read our full review here.

Soundtoys 5 by Soundtoys


This bundle contains some of the most popular creative plug-ins around at the moment, from reverbs and pitch-shifting to the extremely flexible Decapitator analogue-saturation model.

Price $249.

Check out our guide on soundtracking for film and television. For our buyer’s guide on essential cinematic sample libraries, check here


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