The Secrets Of Skyrim's Sound Design

Mark Lampert, sound designer and audio director at Bethesda, talks about how he constructs the sounds of Skyrim.
  • DaGroove Tom

    Thats Cubase.. not FL studio's ... both are digital audio workstations, but different formatting.. Fl studio's is alright, i deff wouldn't use it for mastering tracks, but it seems like he goes about making 4 to 10 bar riffs of layered sounds and then bounces it out to place into a library which from there probably reuses it an different arrangement patterns .. reprocessing over and over 

  • Vetle Alexander

    He uses Cubase! :) Don't know which version it is though.

  • UpInFlam3z

    Best "WTF" laughter I've had in quite some time.

  • Klaus Overmeire

    That shot of his Darjeeling tea was so out of context

  • Digital-Scratch

    i think that quest update sound he didn't use is better than the one the game has

  • nagol1000

    Can I work with you?

  • Lord Krythic

    What program is he using on the left monitor? I'm currently using Audacity for sound/music in my game development.

  • dotdotdot

    you just inspired me to find a sample of an old steam engine and use it for an electro house song:D

  • Adam Spade

    I love this guys setup. Cubase, old Dell monitors, and a Fireface 800. He knows where to put his money.

  • G Lander (2018)

    That is not much, and for secrets of Skyrim's sound design it is pretty short to be even just to scratch the surface of it. This is also very basic, regarding settings, gear , and out of topic.

  • GamingOtaku1000

    OK with the dwarven sphere ... how the GU k do you defeat that?!?! That just popped in my head:/

  • DayCraftMC

    This is really interesting! I love watching videos like this cause it inspires me to do it myself. Must say that the cameraman was not as talented, zooming in to the ear like wtf?!

  • me700gnomes

    Well. He recorded an African Swallow, which doesn't make sense because They're not migratory and wouldn't be found in the climate of the Euro-esque region of Skyrim like, say, the European swallow.

  • KrySoar

    I think its look like barack Obama o_O

  • Kyle Segovia

    2:02 I wouldn't have been able to understand this video if I never saw that closeup of Tea... thanks for including that!

  • Serial Killer

    100% Cubase...... Great interview

  • Daniel Blanco R

    The camera man was either high or bored as fuck

  • Zakary Best

    Before you freak out about them using Cubase... that is Nuendo not Cubase. Nuendo is built from the ground up for film and video game audio. Cubase on the other hand is built from the ground up for music, which is not Ideal for working with video game audio.

  • Ferdy Hoshigaki Tube

    how is he collect this sounds? i mean there must be the source

  • lawlorcoaster

    Ok you bird watchers out there, can you identify what species made that call he played, and would it be found in real life in an environment as cold as Skyrim?

  • J Ramos

    He didn't do a good job at all, the sound mod on steam sounds alot better than the original. I can barely bring myself to go back.

  • Richie Zarmajian

    cool thanks, I work with sound design too, it's fun!  :) thanks for sharing

  • mellodge

    3:27 Mackie big knob great piece of kit. I totally regret selling mine and now can't afford another. By the way I wouldn't attempt sound design on Fruity Loops LOL! Correct me if I'm wrong but FL studio is MIDI only no?

  • Gongasoso

    I hope he could see this. Mr. Lampert, if you ever find yourself in the need of a sound for some robotic flying bug, for instance, that the player could control, and land on it's hand or something: Try tossing a key set in the air, then grabbing it again. Notice the sound it makes. I just think it fits...

  • Kinkoyaburi

    The camera operator at some point randomly decides to film extreme close-up of Mark's ear. Because - sounds - ears - get it? Get it!?

  • Obyvvatel

    Wait, so Skyrim had only 1 sound designer?

  • NINedStark

    How can i use automations for video game soundtracks? Like Pitch automation, Cutoff filter automation.. i can make inside the DAW but would be better if the engine game trigger some this effects, for example: if the player are inside water, the sound will be pitched down, cutoff (its just a example, i dont know sound design techiniques yet..)

  • Flylikechris

    I love these types of videos!

  • Dmitry Akimov

    This guy is a genius.

  • The Panacea

    Man this camera work is really...something else...and the editing is also...unique...

  • Mi T

    its deffiantly not fruity loops lololo

  • Miserable Shrimp

    I was the 1000'th liker.


    Faggot camera man, i can do better with no experience

  • dacasman

    all that hard work and people replace the sounds with mods lol

  • lawlorcoaster

    Haha, thanks man! I was really curious about that, you're awesome for answering.

  • Jerred Williamson

    looks like white obama

  • Tymprasta

    The shot of the tea shows what he uses to teabags newbs in his spare time.

  • YaBoyChenWang

    what DAW is he using?

  • UpInFlam3z

    hahahaha omg he really does!!!

  • Sgt Pepper

    He says he sits there with recording equipment trying to be as silent as possible in the middle of a forest

  • overtheB

    fuck this camera-work

  • Inceptor 100

    If he only knew what the current DAW version 7 of Nuendo will offer him in regards of game sound, special FX editing and integration. It is amazing... He should be a happy man, these days. :-)

  • warnexus

    great interview, GI!

  • Google Plus Sucks!

    I love the sound of the Soul Trap spell being used. Best sound effect in Skyrim.

  • SyotosGod

    Is he using Pro Tools? Does it make sense to use FL Studio or Ableton for Sound Effects and BG Music for games?

  • WillyJ

    lmfao the closeup on his ear @ 4:23

  • RyonRykal

    Great interviewee. The way he talks and explains it in this calm and clear way is very good to listen to!

  • Eric Wycoff

    Really sick video! Ableton Live is a very good DAW for making sounds for games as well :D

  • tasty scrib

    That shot where you get a good look in his ear for 5 seconds

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