sound effects

plural noun

Definition of sound effects

: effects that are imitative of sounds called for in the script of a dramatic production (such as a radio show) and that enhance the production's illusion of reality

Examples of sound effects in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The troupe performs plays without dialogue: Instead, physicality, sound effects, music cues and expressive faces expertly tell a story and get laughs. Matthew J. Palm,, 27 May 2021 This technology analyzes the DSP (Digital Signal Processor) parameters and optimizes each sound element, such as dialogue, background music and sound effects, in real-time. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 23 May 2021 To avoid any jarring sound effects, the six-person cast recreated sounds vocally. John Benson, cleveland, 14 May 2021 The sound effects Midway provided were a huge boon, allowing the pair to sample the actual sound of Sub-Zero freezing somebody rather than attempting to re-create it. James Grebey, Vulture, 21 Apr. 2021 The returning chef wasn’t Pascuzzi, or German, but Jamie Tran, she of the weird noises and sound effects. oregonlive, 14 May 2021 The writing heavily relies on tidbits of Nintendo characters and sound effects, and then peppers in some talk of sexts and cocaine. Matthew Love, Vulture, 9 May 2021 Because of that, finding the appropriate feel for sound effects, voices and ambiance required creativity and constant iteration. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2021 Sound designer Andrew Gutierrez also adds aural interest to the recording with subtle tones, sound effects and digital voice modulation for each character. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of sound effects

1909, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jun 2021

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“Sound effects.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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