Camping

Over 300 new free sounds

Fresh to the library are over 300 new free sound effects. The new range includes a wide variety of sound effects, from plastic canisters through to zombies. Here is a quick break down.

Zombies

We all love a good horror movie right? Inspired by some classic films, we created a new set of zombie sound effects from zombie children through to a crowd of 15 zombies groaning as they approach. Our approach to recording these sounds is simple… we just make sure to record ourselves very early in the morning, just as we wake up! But seriously, we hope you’ll find these useful. They, along with all our monster and creature sound effects can be found  here.

Plastic canisters

This might sound like a weird one, but we were recently emptying out a large plastic canister of chlorine and we figured the sound it made could be anything, from petrol, right through to water. We set our microphone up close and recorded a wide variety of sound variations, from drops on the ground and drags, right through to emptying and filling up. You can download them here

Parcel movements

A request from one of our users was a particular size of padded envelope… more a parcel. They needed some specific movements and drops, so we set about creating them. We bought a similar sized and type of padded envelope that they described and filled it with small items found around the home. Then we simply performed some Foley actions to fit the specification. We uploaded them as we realised they’d likely be useful to others and they can be found here.

Fishing rods and reels

Up until last week, we didn’t have any fishing rod or reel sound effects, so we decided to record some. This is just the start as we plan many more fishing sound effects and will record them over the coming weeks. To get started we’ve uploaded some fishing rod casting whoosh sounds, some reel spins and reel bail clicks. We are awaiting a new hydrophone, so when that arrives we’ll also get some underwater sounds of line and tackle movements etc. Our new fishing sound effects can be found here.

Camping

We went camping out in the Australian bush, at a beautiful campsite in Kilkivan. So it was essential along with our tent and sleeping bags we also packed our Sony PCM D100 recorder. The weekend was spent trying to stay warm (yes it was cold at night) and recording as many sound effects as we could. We managed to get some great tent sounds, campfire sounds and more. We’ll be heading back out again soon, so if anyone wants any specific camping sounds, just let us know.

What’s next?

As I mentioned earlier in this post, we are waiting for a new hydrophone (an underwater microphone) to be delivered. As soon as it arrives we’ll be recording a load of underwater sounds. From splashes and movements of water right through to whales and dolphins. Here in Queensland it’s whale season, meaning they are migrating right past our location. We’ve managed to secure some time out on a local fisherman’s boat, so will spend an entire afternoon capturing the beautiful sounds of humpback whales and dolphins from both above and below the water surface.

By Alan