Sound Designer

20 Best Sound Designer

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Kayla Elorza

New York, NY, USA

Designer, storyteller, and video wizard.

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Kerizma Branding

United States

The Brand Devlopment & Investment Management Firm

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Canivid Media and Marketing

United Kingdom

Video Production and Distribution

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Diego Rotmistrovsky

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Versatile Filmmaker. Jack of all trades.

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Salvador Vanegas

Berlin, Germany

Creative Direction & Post-Production for Brands.

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Sasha from Zajno

Los Angeles, CA, USA

Digital Designer focused on not-so-ordinary brands

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Kai Nair


Visual & Motion Designer, AI Tinkerer

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Cristofer Moreno


Pro Sound Designer and Producer

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Isaac Kitange

Rochester, MN, USA

Music Production & Viral Social Media Content.

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Akash Yadav

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

8+ yrs exp Video Editing, Motion & Graphic Design

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dammy _


Top-Rated Sound Designer, Music Producer & Tutor.

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Charl Fouche

New Zealand

Audio & Video Specialist, Post-Production Editor

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Sebastian Jautschus

Berlin, Germany

Create Unique & Memorable Podcasts

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Mazin Ruknuddin


Video Editor | Sound Designer | Marketer

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Niles Fromm

Brooklyn, NY, USA

Interactive UX Engineer. Creative coding and sound design.

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NexTech Innovations

Cotonou, Benin

Tech Visionary, Web Dev & Data Analyst

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manOhar plays

Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

Visual storyteller, expert editor

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Rayan V ✦


Video Editor & Storyteller | Podcast Production

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Gloria Mendez

New York, NY, USA

Online Marketing Consultant | Strategist & Creator

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Bailey Kleinschmidt


Fast. Efficient. High Quality - Video Editor

Common projects for Sound Designers

Creating sound effects for video games or mobile apps

Designing sound for animations or films

Producing music tracks for commercials or promotional videos

Editing podcasts or radio shows

Improving sound quality for recorded interviews

Creating unique jingles for brands or products

Tips for working with and hiring Sound Designers

Clear project description

Before seeking a freelance sound designer, have a detailed description of your project. This includes the type of sound you want, the format of the final product, and any specific sound effects or music.

Check their portfolio

Review the sound designer's past work to understand their style and quality. Listen to their soundtracks, sound effects, and other audio elements they have created.

Understand their skills

Ensure the sound designer is proficient in using audio editing software like Audacity, Adobe Audition, and Pro Tools. Their ability to produce high-quality sound is crucial for the success of your project.

Communicate through Contra

Good communication is the key to a successful freelance project. Make sure your sound designer is responsive and open to feedback. Use Contra's built-in communication tools for effective and easy communication.

How to hire Sound Designers

Define your needs

Before you start the hiring process, understand what you need from a Sound Designer. This could include the type of sound you want, the format of the final product, and any specific sound effects or music.

Post a detailed job

Posting a detailed job on Contra will attract the right freelancers. Include information about your project, the skills required, and the project timeline.

Review applications

Review the applications you receive and shortlist freelancers based on their skills, experience, and fit for your project. Listen to their past works and read reviews on their profile.

Conduct interviews

Conduct interviews with shortlisted freelancers. Ask questions about their experience, approach to sound design, and how they handle various aspects of the job. Also, discuss your project specifics and expectations.

Make an offer

Once you've found the right freelancer, make an offer through Contra. This will include the project details, payment terms, and timeline.

3 questions to ask when interviewing Sound Designers

1. Can you describe a challenging sound design project you've worked on and how you overcame the challenges?

2. What audio editing software are you proficient in and how do these tools enhance your work?

3. How do you handle feedback and revisions during the sound design process?

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Frequently asked

A freelance sound designer creates, records, and manipulates audio elements for various media like films, video games, or commercials. They use technical equipment and software to achieve the desired sound effect.

A freelance sound designer creates, records, and manipulates audio elements for various media like films, video games, or commercials. They use technical equipment and software to achieve the desired sound effect.

Sound designers often use software like Audacity, Adobe Audition, or Pro Tools. These tools allow them to record, edit, and manipulate sound to fit the needs of the project.

Hiring a sound designer on Contra gives you access to top freelance talent without the hassle of commissions. You can review their portfolio, collaborate efficiently, and handle contracts and payments all in one place.

You can post a job detailing your project requirements on Contra. Sound designers who match your requirements can then apply for the job. You can also browse through the profiles of sound designers and invite those you are interested in to apply.

Projects that require sound design skills often include creating sound effects for video games, designing sound for animations or films, producing music tracks for commercials, and editing sound for podcasts or radio shows.

The cost of hiring a sound designer on Contra varies based on the complexity of the project, the designer's experience and skills, and the project duration. However, the average cost is typically between $50 and $150 per hour.

Freelance sound designers are paid commission-free on Contra. They may charge per project, per hour, or per milestone. Payments for milestones are held in escrow and are only released after the deliverables for that milestone are approved or automatically within three days.

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