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

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Nearly a dozen tappers will install their own floor (for maximum sound effect) and pay tribute to African-American tap greats. San Diego Union-Tribune, "11 things to do in San Diego this weekend: Mojalet Dance Collective, Tanabata Festival, ‘Rock of Ages’," 5 July 2019 Nearly a dozen tappers will install their own floor (for maximum sound effect) and pay tribute to African-American tap greats. Marcia Mannawriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Mojalet co-founder Faith Jensen-Ismay’s new fearless outlook is reflected in this year’s summer lineup," 4 July 2019 The center’s live productions use recorded sound effects, but nuance is important and timing is crucial. Robert Knox,, "Old radio magic will come alive in Marshfield," 13 June 2019 But with sound effects, music, the use of color and certain controls, there are allowances made for the gaming environment. Edward Baig, USA TODAY, "Your doctor may be playing medical video games at work. That could be good for your health," 12 June 2019 The browser also comes with sound effects that were made in part by the band that worked on the soundtrack for Gris. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "Opera made a ‘gaming browser’ that lets you control CPU usage," 11 June 2019 Cinema’s creation will utilize several puppets, seven overhead projectors, two cameras, three screens, four musicians and foley sound effects to create a live movie for audiences. Hannah Herrera Greenspan,, "Writers Theatre announces casting for 2019-20 season," 7 June 2019 The play is grounded in abstractions: the dueling monologues, the basically empty stage, the occasional sound effects, the framing of some scenes as silhouettes. Christopher Arnott,, "Review: 'Actually’ at TheaterWorks a thought-provoking, heavy drama of a hookup gone bad," 3 June 2019 Qianbaihui Yang has pointed a microphone at a roaring, spitting jaguar, walked alongside biting camels and stood near a pack of playful, loud elephants—all to capture realistic sound effects. Chip Cutter, WSJ, "Meet the Sound Editor Bringing ‘Toy Story 4’ Characters to Life," 10 May 2019

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First Known Use of sound effects

1909, in the meaning defined above

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