Today marks the first proper day back for us and straight into recording and creating more free sound effects. It’s been really nice to take a little time off and spend it with my family. I normally just take a few days off over Christmas, but this last year has been so busy and intense, it felt only right to take some time to relax and restore the creative energies.
I have a whole backlog of sounds from our very generous contributors, but also a small backlog of my own sounds, which I have released 52 of today. Below is a short summary of what’s been uploaded:
It was while speaking with Justin over the holidays that we decided we needed to focus on some more science fiction sounds, some of which are our most popular. I often get requests through for spaceships, doors, aliens and other sci-fi sound effects, so I wanted to get cracking on more of these. Using the Whoosh plugin (as described in this previous blog post) I set about designing some spaceship pass bys. I had been thinking about creating more of these since starting to use Whoosh, so I was keen to experiment with the software and see what it could produce.
The thing I love about Whoosh is that by loading in your own samples (which is a must for creating your sounds to distribute) and just letting the plugin randomly generate sounds based on those samples, you can get some amazingly complex sound design results with very little input (yeah, I can be quite lazy sometimes). That’s exactly what I did for these. I simply loaded in some wind, drones, whooshes I previously made and some other light motorised sounds and voila, we have lift off (or pass by anyway)
I also then layered these up in Adobe multi-track mode and create 2 versions of a large squadron of UFOs flying overhead.
Again, using much the same technique as described above, I decided to create some new magic zaps and whooshes. For these I used different source material, mostly wind and also some recordings of my breath, and again randomised the output and automatically generated several versions. I also added in some ice cracking sounds to get colder, icy magic spell sound effects too.
Lastly for today, I wanted to let you know about a new Jurassic atmosphere I created, that is supposed to sound like a small herd of herbivore dinosaurs having a meal in a forest. I used several previously recorded (well, created obviously) dinosaur roars and growls spaced out across the mix, with some wind in trees and reverb. But this felt sparse, so I needed to find a way to fill in the gaps. I found an old recording I had made of geese at a farm and pitched this down by 30 semitones, and very gently added this to the background of the mix. It works well, or at least I feel it does.
As always, all our sound effects are free to download and use in your projects. Have fun and we will be back tomorrow with even more sounds!