Thursday, March 8, 2007

Make your own sound effects

Adding sound effects isn’t always easy! However it ads a great deal to any production! It isn’t always easy, just keep practicing you’ll get it right! Here are some techniques for making common sound effects. These are ideas from around the web, enjoy!:

· Cornstarch in a leather pouch makes a good snow crunch.

An old chair can produce very controllable squeaking sounds.

Crumpling cellophane makes a crackling fire.

A large sheet of sheet metal suspended and shaken produces thunder.

Coconut shells, cut in half and stuffed with padding, will make the sound of

horse hooves.

Use a heavy rolled up and taped phone book or hit a raw chicken or turkey for

punching sounds.

Break celery to create the sound of breaking bones.

Step on tape from an unraveled audio cassette to make a convincing substitute

pair of gloves sounds like bird wing flaps

An arrow or thin stick makes a great whoosh!

An old chair makes a controllable creaking sound

A water soaked rusty hinge when placed against different surfaces makes a great creaking sound. Notice how various surfaces act as a sounding board to amplify and change the sound: this is an important principal of Foley and sound creation!

A heavy staple gun and a other metal parts make can make a good gun sound

A metal rake makes a great fence sound (and when scraped across metal makes a great metal screech - if you can stand it!)

You will need a car door and a fender which you can pickup at a wrecking yard - they are good for car and other heavy metal sounds. If you can fit a whole car in the studio, even better!

Burning black plastic Glad garbage bags (cut open a bag and strip it into thin pieces) will make a cool sound as the bag melts and drips to the ground
1/4" audio tape when balled up sounds like grass (we walk on it!) or flowers

A wet balloon makes a weird sound when rubbed: this is funny more than practical!

'Flubber' (they sell it in toy stores) is great for wet squishy sounds; so is gelatin and liquid hand soap.

Frozen romaine lettuce (I used this in the 'War Of The Worlds' television series for alien head squishes!) makes a great bone or head squishy noise

Coconuts shells cut in half and stuffed with padding makes great sounding horse feet (I swear I still use this trick): it takes some skill to make good sounding ones (not too hollow or thin) but it works!

Cellophane can make the sound of crackling fire (the effects editor should do the fire but in a pinch it does work)

You will need a wooden door - apart from door knocks and other movement sounds, they make great wooden boat noises when laid across a heavy wooden stool (the stool gives the door a resonance and helps with the creaking

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