A look at the sound design at Kojima Productions

Sound is an important part of the Metal Gear games. During the latest episode of the English Kojima Station (episode 7), Stefanie Joosten once again infiltrated Kojima Productions, this time to give us an inside look at the sound design. After reaching Konami’s studio floor, she first visited the Foley Studio, where the various sound effects of the game are made using everyday objects such as cardboard tubes, wet towels and leather bags.

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This is salt, used to create the sound of snow when stepped on

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This tube was used to create some of the Gekko sounds in MGS4

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After that we got a look at the rerecording studio, where all the sound mixing takes place. This room is equipped with a large projection screen, a 7.1 surround setup, and of course special equipment consisting of a huge panel filled with buttons and meters.

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Yutaka Shimoyama (manager of the studio) demonstrated how a simple looking scene can have as much as six different layers of sound types (among them sound effects, background music and voices), and how important sound can be to create the mood of the scene.

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To watch the infiltration video, go here.

The staff also explained they use audio during motion capture as well, to help the actors get into their role. While the actors play out the scene, sound editor Masayoshi Shimano provides live sound effects (like gun shots and helicopter blades) on the set using a panel with up to 64 buttons.

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Sound Editor Masayoshi Shimano

The next episode of Kojima Station will take place just before E3. At the moment, they didn’t want to say anything about the studio’s plans for the show. But it looks like we have something to look forward to, because Chris Johns noted that ‘E3 is going to be crazy’.

Also, next time writers Etsu Tamari and Shuyo Murata will be answering questions regarding the older Metal Gear games (MGS1 up to Peace Walker), so send them in if you have anything to ask.

Source: Kojima Station Episode 7 (English)

  • Batzi

    Looking forward to the new trailer! Do you think Kojima-san will outdo himself and surpass last year’s red band trailer?

    • If anyone can, it’s Kojima. 🙂

      • Zero

        Hey Nyx, do you know if they mentioned Obssesedgeorge’s video (chico is quiet) in the latest episode when talking about fan made videos? Would be awesome haha

        • No, they mentioned some other video they couldn’t use because of a copyrighted song, and they showed the world record for ‘Destroy the Anti-Air Emplacements’ side op, but that’s it.

          • Zero

            Thanks Nyx,my bad i just realised it they was refering to the chico-paz easter egg. Thought it was george’s video at first lol

            Anyway Keep up the good work Nyxus, awesome page 🙂

          • ObsessedGeorge

            I didn’t sent it to them lol! The thought didn’t even cross my mind! I don’t know where to send screenshots or videos. 🙂 But, can you imagine? That would be embarassing and awesome at the same time!

          • Zero

            Haha lol I know

            As for the videos you can send the link to Ken on twitter or just use the general contact formular on kojima station homepage.

            Would be cool to see some of our pics and videos too featured on the show someday lol

          • ObsessedGeorge

            Great now l have to capture more weird GZ screens like that alien it came from the sky that l sent you!

          • Thanks!

    • crimsonfox

      If he does it. If he tops the Red Band trailer,I’d probably not be able to wait any longer for The Phantom Pain. It’s already to hard 🙁

      But like the grandmaster Nyxus said if anyone can pull it off…It’s that son of bitch Kojima. (sorry I’m over flown with emotion thinking about a newer better trailer)

  • Zero

    Really cool stuff! Cant wait

  • ObsessedGeorge

    If l could, l would be working there with them. Just watching this video, everything looks so interesting. The sound department is really on par with the graphics team.

  • Dave

    Hi, does anyone know if hot toys will make an solid snake figure (hopefully MGS1)??? I have the hot toys naked snake…. Can’t wait for this game to come out :(……. I’m looking forward to E3.

    • No announcements so far on a Hot Toys Solid Snake.

  • glitchbomb

    This is so exciting! Foley art and audio design in general is something I would really love to do for a living. Mix that with Metal Gear?! AWESOME!
    I even enjoyed the older tongue in cheek audio segments with Ludo.

  • Janeo

    Seems like a really cool job to have always trying new things and finally getting the right sound fir something would be very satisfying. So do they always have sand there or will there be a snow world in TPP.

    • They seem to have all the stuff lying around that they have used over the years.

  • XIFF-5

    Gekko: MOOOOOOOOW!

    • ObsessedGeorge

      When he grabbed the cardboard tube l thought that this was the instrument used to record the

      • Actually Ludo showed how he created that sound a couple of episodes ago (it’s a mix between different sounds: electric guitar and some more).

        • ObsessedGeorge

          Really? I missed that!

          • glitchbomb

            Eh. Yeah but it was hard to tell what was really going on afterthe guitar.

  • Guest

    This place could be existed in Africa . And the second pic ,snake has no prosthetic arm? . I know these are old pics.

  • Devine_Hayter

    Wonder what approach these guys will take on the msx remake? http://www.twitter.com/OH_Remake

    • No Place For Hayter

      0.0 cool did not know about this, now I have something more to look forward too, hopefully because they are remaking such an old game it won’t take as long to make as most mods like that.

      • Devine_Hayter

        It’s no longer a mod.

        • No Place For Hayter

          Lol, yeah you’re right, bad habit of mine calling things put together like that by people like that mods even though some of them aren’t.

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