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 Jones-Darrell used his original score to add ambiance to podcast scenes, often incorporating up to 20 layers of dialogue, sound effects and music. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Locally produced ‘The Mystery of Easter Island’ podcast wrapping up first season," 27 June 2020 Each game has been given an abundance of polish and attention to ensure you’re getting the best possible version, down to the sound effects and approachable controls. Brittany Vincent, CNN Underscored, "Clubhouse Games: 51 Worldwide Classics offers a perfectly punchy set of minigames," 11 June 2020 Decker is superb at simply setting an atmosphere, and all of her favorite moody tricks—hazy, hypnotic photography; groaning sound effects; extreme, dizzying close-ups—are on display here. David Sims, The Atlantic, "An Unconventional Biopic About a Horror Master," 8 June 2020 Equipment was moved to staffer’s homes so post-production, editing and sound effects could be done remotely. Mark Kennedy, USA TODAY, "Elmo is heading to HBO Max streaming service with new talk show," 14 May 2020 The productions incorporate the duo’s own special brand of humor with music, sound effects and some virtual backgrounds to highlight just how historic the city really is. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Avon Lake Historical Society brings bits of local history to YouTube," 11 May 2020 For instance, how do these podcasts vary the voices of the different speakers with music, sound effects and archival material? Nicole Daniels, New York Times, "Making a Podcast That Matters: A Guide With Examples From 23 Students," 22 Apr. 2020 Games are so immersive and cinematic that losing subtle sound effects can mean the difference between life and death—or at least the difference between cursory entertainment and total captivation. Popular Science, "Three game-altering Playstation accessories," 22 Apr. 2020 In many ways, Houseparty is similar to Snapchat, Skype, Zoom, FaceTime—group video calling apps that have filters, sound effects, etc. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "What Is "Houseparty," the App People Are Obsessed With In Quarantine?," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sound effects

1909, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jul 2020

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“Sound effects.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sound%20effects. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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