What is SFX?
SFX is the leading live entertainment sound playback
software application. The
typical venue for SFX is theatre,
but it is also used by theme parks, magicians, and other related venues that
require the playback of music and sound effects. SFX puts the art back into sound design: instead of worrying about technological
limitations, you can now create rich sound designs that can be reliably played back
during each performance!
How does it work?
Very simply, you put
your sound files on the computer and then drag-and-drop them into a SFX cue list and,
along with other special cues that you can create in SFX such as Waits and Volume Changes,
you create an easy to playback sequence for the operator. Also with
SFX, you can playback multiple sound effects at the same
time and you can even send
them to many different outputs: imagine playing a train cue that steams across the
stage from stage right to stage left while also playing rain in the back of the house
and then at some point also playing a telephone ringing that was based off an actor's cue
-- all cues overlap, are independent, easy to setup, and even simpler to playback!
Where can you hear it?
You can find SFX in On- and Off- Broadway shows,
on the professional London stage, as well as professional, academic, and amateur theatres in the U.S. and all over the world. Theme parks,
haunted houses, magicians, puppet-shows, and corporate types are also users of SFX.
Here are some examples.
Who is SFX for?
If you playback prerecorded
music or sound effects, especially if you're a theatre sound designer or operator,
then SFX is for you. The typical system that SFX replaces is one or more CD players or minidisc systems. Because just about anybody can use SFX to create
complex shows that are operated easily, it is found on all levels of theatres from academics
way to the pros. Professional theatres use SFX because it
can create reliable and enriched soundscapes and has been used in many award winning shows
including several Tony Award winners. The academic stage (from elementary
education through college) and amateur theatre also enjoy SFX not only for the high quality of
shows it can create, but also because
it is easily run by novice
operators. For students, they are also learning the software that they will
most likely work with when they enter the theatrical job market.
See the key features of SFX...