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spbee.gifStingers aren't just on bumble bees, they are in almost every movie.  One of the most powerful musical elements in crafting suspense is the Stinger.  You know, that subtle string sound that creeps into the scene and strings you emotionally without warning.  For example, imagine a scene that involves a character walking down the hall toward his apartment door.  He hasn't a care in the world.  He might be talking on a cell phone, and the only music is the light thump of a neighbor's stereo.  But a musical stinger begins as he approaches the door and fumbles for his keys, so tension is starting to mount for the audience even before the character notices that his door is already ajar.

What makes Stingers so effective is that they slowly creep into the soundtrack, and by the time the audience notices, their adrenaline is already pumping.  Stingers are used for instant suspense. 

Soundtrack Pro 2 has many Stinger effects in the library, but the one we're talking about is the one that raises the little hairs on the back of your neck is Designer Synth 07.aiff  Audition this sound and use it in any variety and watch how it can change the whole outcome of your scene.  Have fun with it and many others in Soundtrack Pro.

To get the best training in Soundtrack Pro and in Final Cut Pro, contact the representatives at GeniusDV for the next available class.
 
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