Sample Set Guidelines
We realize that there is significant overlap in the sound designer and SFX/Foley roles. Feel free to apply for both, or parts of each role as warranted by your skillset. However, if you do mix engineered/raw sound or original/non-original recordings, we ask that you specify how each sound was made.
None of the things listed below are individually necessary for a sample set. These are cues and suggestions to give you a feel for the kind of audio the project will need. Choose or create works for your sample set that display your skillset while using this as a guideline, not a checklist.
Caimbria’s audio tells the player just as much as it’s visuals. If you like creating complete environments with audio, show us with soundscapes.
Keep in mind, if you submit a soundscape as a sound designer (i.e., you did not record it, and the recording itself is not an example of your work) it must be a constructed soundscape. Sound elements should be assembled by hand, not originally recorded together.
- Natural soundscapes
Caimbria takes place predominantly in lush deciduous forests. Forests are very aurally dense environments, with soughing of trees, running water, animal noise, and more.
- Destroyed soundscapes
Wind whistling through windows, creaking supports, shifting rubble, etc.
- Big soundscapes
The in-game environment of Caimbria has to feel much larger than its levels actually are. Soundscapes will need to give a sense of depth and scale. Even if they aren’t thematically appropriate, we’ll give full consideration to sound samples designed specifically to give a sense of scale.
Effects and foley
Bassy, visceral, metal. Caimbria doesn’t have “click” it has “ka-chunk.”
Caimbria’s audio contributes to the weight and presence of the player just as much as it’s animation. Recoil is just as much about the sound as it is the actual aim adjustment. The sounds of handling and firing a weapon should let the player practically feel the mechanisms operating in their hands. Below is a list of some of the individual sounds and effects Caimbria will need.
Heavy machinegun fire
High-caliber revolver fire
Precision longrifle fire
Preternatural* weapon fire
Bullet impacts for any of the above
Melee impact, combat knife/bayonet
Melee impact, gun bash
Melee impact, heavy/improvised weapon
Reloading, heavy mechanism (AA gun, artillery, tank.)
Thrown character impact (with wall, floor, etc.,) light equipment
Thrown character impact, heavy equipment
Thrown character impact, heavy armor
*Some weapons in Caimbria seem almost supernatural. You can try making a sound that reflects the unnerving, off-putting nature of these weapons/bosses.
Walking, character noise, various equipment levels
Walking, environment noise, various surfaces (leaves, gravel, mud, concrete, etc.)
Sliding, various surfaces
Adjusting equipment, snap-buttons, zippers, etc.
Shifting in equipment, cloth/leather noises
De-equipping, removing weapons/armor