Sound Design & Alien: Isolation - Part 1

I think Alien: Isolation has the best sound design in any video game. We take a little look at why that is and what ‘sound design’ means.


This is the introduction to a series of video tutorials where we’ll create and manipulate sounds similar to those used in Alien: Isolation – perfect for any sci-fi horror game.


In the series, we’ll create sounds, blend them for a small game scene, and look at how to place sounds to maximise the use of stereo and surround sound mixes.




Alien: Isolation, SEGA

Subnautica, Unknown Worlds Entertainment

Hitman 2, IO Interactive

GTA5, Rockstar



Title Music from Alien: Isolation

02:34 Original composition by Valkyrie Sound in the style of Vangelis



Sound Design & Science Fiction, William Whittington, 2007, University of Texas Press



Walter Murch


LV-426 Alien Spaceship

Mixtur-Trautorium (used on Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds) by Morn the Gorn

The Day The Earth Stood Still Poster

The Thing (1950) Poster

Day of the Triffids Poster

Invasion of the Body Snatchers Poster

The Thing (1982) Poster

The Exorcist Poster

Alien Poster

Aliens Poster

Alien3 Poster

Alien Resurrection Poster

Prometheus Poster

Alien: Covenant Poster

Confused Image by Robin Higgins from Pixabay 

Oscar Wilde 1, 2, and 3 by Laura Chouette on Unsplash