This is experience design, so sounds can be a very important part of our design outcomes. Every sound brings a type of “feeling” or communication with them. When you listen to a serene piano versus a death metal band, you know the difference. In order to create sound references, finding the right type of sound is paramount. Just like a theme board, the reference material doesn’t have to be exactly what you intend to use in the final product—it just has to capture the aspect you’re shooting for.
Sound Reference Material
In order to communicate a sound’s qualities, you must find some reference material so you and others can hear it. Here are some examples of some sound references:
An angry woman to capture a tone of angst. This could communicate the tone of a narrator for a design or a warning sound:
All of these sounds communicate something unique. Many of these were found on teh internet, some were purchased, and you can always make your own.
Sounds can be made using a microphone, recorded using software that captures audio on a computer, or downloaded for free (legally) from a range of sources online. There are some great tools out there for capturing and editing sounds:
Audio Hijack: record any sound on your mac, no matter the source