In this article, we take you behind the scenes of our new sound effects library British Soldier Voices. This library was a challenge both from a creative and logistical standpoint, with over 800 lines of dialogue and voice clips that needed to be recorded and edited.
We began production of this library with a research phase looking at the genuine commands and terminology that British Forces use when deployed on operations. We spoke to various members of the armed forces who consulted on the operational language that is used in conflicts. This was a very interesting process, as it opened our eyes to the communication difficulties that soldiers face when operating in chaotic and noisy environments. Most of the commands are born out of practicality as communication needs to be clear and direct, with little chance of words being miss-heard as something else. We were also given lots of slang phrases that are specific to the British military which gives this library a further level of realism and depth.
Using this research we then scripted over 800 lines of combat dialogue and military commands. These included generic terms such as "Move out" and "Cover me" as well a