Sound Design for Animation

Discover the principles of creating sound design for animation videos that contribute to evoking emotions, supporting a plotline and a brand identity. Bring animation to a new level of sounding!


Get started with Cubase 9.5. In the course, you will master one of the most convenient tools for working with sound design, as well as step by step study the process of creating all the elements of sound effects. We’ll concentrate on the niche side of sound production, which is work with animation videos.

No matter if it is an explainer video telling the story of a company and its products or a visual essay (an author’s statement on a certain topic), the approach studied at the course works equally well for creating sound design in any sphere of visual media.

The struggle is real

Where can I get the sound library?
Where can I get the sound library?

This is a common first question that beginning sound designers ask, but it is far from being the most important one.

You’ll get to know where to find it and how to use it in the first lesson.

I’ve done everything I had to, still I am completely unhappy about the result
I’ve done everything I had to, but still, I am completely unhappy about the result

This is a typical example of making wrong decisions when creating sound design. Very often newbies start creating sound design with no certain goal.

Before you start working, you need to realize what objective you’d like to achieve and what emotions and values you’d like to transmit to the viewer.

Everything sounds nice separately, but horrible when together
Everything sounds nice separately, but horrible when put together

Most probably there is a mistake at the stage of the final audio mixing.

In the course, you’ll learn how to work with each of the ‘layers’. Also, particular attention will be paid to the topic of audio mixing. We’ll teach you how to make the final result sound great in any acoustics.

Is this course for me?

This course covers all the required basics of sound design for animation so it will be of best use for beginner sound designers and motion designers who are willing to jump into the world of sound design.

Motion Designer
Motion Designer

Those who want to take their work to a new level of quality.

Beginning sound designers
Beginning sound designers

Even if you’ve never worked with sound design before, the time is now.

Sound engineers
Sound engineers waiting to change the sphere of work

You have some experience in sound design, yet you want to know how to apply your knowledge in an absolutely different field.

What will I learn in the Sound Design course?

It's a drip course, and you will get two lectures a week

This lesson is important for giving you an idea of the volume of the work. It will also help you to get ready with everything you need for the course. We’ll have a look at:

  • The necessary hard- and software (DAW, Soundly);
  • Sound libraries;
  • The principles of work of a sound designer;
  • The review of the course materials.

These two are very important programs that we’ll take a close look at and review their major capabilities and settings. You’ll get to know about the interface, the settings and the plug-ins necessary for the work on sound design.

Cubase is our main work station and Soundly is a sound effects platform which we use daily. We need it to find the necessary sounds.

We will cover how unique sound effects are created by combining several sound textures.
We will get to know how to create sound effects for an interface. Also, you will learn the principles of work of a sound synthesizer.
Here we will cover the topic of creating sounds accompanying the characters’ movements and sounds of other objects in the frame. For example, the sound of footsteps, of a squeaky door, of a car passing by, etc.
Here we will find out how to make characters look truly alive. We will learn how to create characteristic sounds and voices for them.
One of the main topics in sound design is creating a sound background that influences the identification and perception of the action setting.
We will cover the topic of creating sound effects, which are usually impossible to be recorded on the microphone.
In this lesson, we will share our experience of editing and processing voiceover tracks.
The fact that you have successfully completed all the previous stages doesn’t mean the work is done. Now we need to set the right volume balance between the elements of the mix. We will also explore different volume standards for various digital platforms.
Learn how

Learn how to get the best result with Cubase and Soundly

This is a set of software that we use in our studio. We will also work with it during the course. Actually, if you learn the workflow well enough, it won’t be a problem for you to create sound design in any software you use. We advise using the demo versions throughout the course and then think whether you need to buy it or not.

Cubase is one of the most powerful music creation software packages in the world. With its unrivaled range of flexible tools, you can create any kind of music quickly and intuitively.

You can download the trial version on the official website

Soundly is a fully-featured sound effects platform for Mac & PC. With a wealth of features and a friendly interface, Soundly makes you a better and happier editor!

Upon enrolling in the course you'll get full access to Soundly Pro for three months. You can download Soundly on the official website

Access 10 000+ sounds for free!

Enroll in the Sound Design course and get 3 months of Soundly Pro access for free.


Who will be teaching?

Hi guys, I’m Dmitry Novozhilov!

Founder of Daruma Audio studio

Since 2012, we have been creating music and sound design for various media projects for companies all over the world, such as Snapchat, McDonald’s, Mastercard, Pornhub, Google, Acronis and many others. Through our works, we want to communicate the importance of sound not only in visual media but in the day to day life as well. In this course, I’ll try to cover in detail the approach we have in our studio to creating sound effects. I hope our experience will help you bring your works to a qualitatively new level of sounding.

Check out Daruma Audio studio's pages to see more:

Dmitry Novozhilov

How much is the fish?

Sound Design for Animation

Sound Design for Animation

  • If you are a beginner in sound design, the course curriculum will guide you to an intermediate level in a really exciting way.
  • Unique author's techniques which you won't be able to find on the Internet will be considered.
  • It is a practice-based course, therefore, we will be explaining everything on real-life tasks.
  • We know the importance of getting satisfaction from your work, that's why we will show you fast and easy ways to achieve really good-sounding results.
  • You will learn the whole process of creating amazing sound design starting from software overview and finishing with hitting the 'Render' button.
100% money back guarantee

100% money-back guarantee

If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Only applies to the purchase of the course with no discount coupon applied.

Student and location discounts

Student and location discounts

Not-so-good exchange rate? (i.e. India/Brazil). Get in touch to get a coupon. Student? Email us from your student email or attach your student ID.

Frequently asked questions

To have access to all the necessary functions of the program we recommend you to have Cubase Pro or Cubase Artist (versions 9.5 or higher).

Nothing but the huge desire to learn something really new! We’ll start with the very beginning and finish with polishing the final product.

We advise using the demo versions throughout the course and then think whether you need to buy it or not. Also, we have sent requests for student licenses for this software. As soon as we get any information on that, we’ll update this answer.

  • 64-Bit WIN 7/8/10 or MAC OS X 10.11 / macOS Sierra.
  • Intel or AMD Multi Core CPU (i5 or faster recommended)
  • 8 GB RAM (minimum: 4 GB)
  • 18 GB of free hard disk space.
  • USB port for USB eLicenser.

If there are no presale or discount activities happening, you can get in touch with us to receive a $50-off coupon. We provide coupons for countries with not so good exchange rates and for students.

We consider a country with a not so good exchange rate where the currency rate is more than $1 to 10 units of local currency. For example, 10.5 Botswana Pula equals $1. If your country’s currency rate is lower than 1:10, we do not consider your country as a country with a not so good exchange rate.

We consider you a student if you have a valid student email address (@***.edu) and/or a valid student ID. Please either write to us from your student email or attach a picture of your student id so that we can verify your student status.

Please double-check if there are no presale, sales or discount activities happening as we do not provide coupons during these periods.

If you're disappointed for whatever reason, you'll get every cent back within 14 days after the purchase. Whether you select to complete the purchase in a single or in several payments.

Note that it only applies to purchases without a discount. So if you would like to use a discount coupon or complete a purchase of several products with a discount, you will be not eligible for the refund.

Yes, all the artwork that you create on the course belongs to you. You can share and tweet and dribble whatever animation you create. We would be grateful if you mention our school while sharing, we have @motiondesignschool accounts almost on every network.

It usually takes at least 8 hours per week for three months for a student to get to the final stage. We do recommend to spend as much time as possible since you are gaining new skills here, it's never an easy journey.

Yes, the course works well for people who have skills in Cinema 4D too. We will give a great foundation and structure to complete your knowledge. And just to make your journey more fun almost all of our lessons have tasks with additional difficulty for advanced students.

This course has subtitles, which makes the content easier for understanding and lets you check the unknown words in the dictionary, if needed.