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    Hello,
    I need a variety of sounds, and I'm having trouble finding any of them. If you can help, or at least give me some direction, I would appreciate it greatly!

    1) Droning insect sound. Individual insect, constant volume. This is a sound effect for a man-sized character who flies with man-sized beetle wings, so the sound of a normal beetle would likely be too high-pitched. You'd think I could find this one easily, but I've been searching for days.

    2) Dramatic sounds for Magic. I can find lots of "Disney" magic sounds, like tinkling bells. I need deep menacing sounds, creepy sounds, threatening, dramatic sounds.
    a) sounds for various mind-control spells
    b) sounds for a fire spell and a lightning bolt spell
    c) sounds for spells that summon horrible insect creatures
    d) sounds for the above mentioned horrible insect creatures
    e) a teleportation sound

    Thanks for any help you may be able to provide here!

    Regards,

    Matt

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    Looks like a lot of fun. Why don't you try to make these yourself? Imagine what are the ingrediences of the spell and then use echos, reverses, doppler shifts, reverbs, flangers... to mangle and layer them together.

    All the ingrediences are on freesound. You'll find booms, fire, electricity humm/zaps, bells (belltrees) and electronic pads...

    I can understand if someone asks for very exotic sound for which (s)he whould have to travel across the globe to record (and there is no budget nor time for that). But at times it is (and don't take it personally, I mean it in general) a bit strange to see requests that are just lazy wink. At least that's how I feel about it.

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    No offense taken.

    The issue is that I am a writer. I have zero experience with making or modifying sounds in any way. I don't have any software, and I wouldn't even know where to begin. I also don't have an ear for this sort of thing, having some hearing loss, so I can't be sure when the sound matches what I'm thinking it should sound like. I have to ask my wife to listen to things for me, so I know what they really sound like.

    To me, this is similar to my having someone else make the world map for my novels. I lack the skills myself, and others will do it far better than I ever could.

    If it doesn't work out here, then that's the way it is.

    Thanks

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    This is funny, I was just uploading a recording of a didgeridoo and was checking if there are any existing sounds and found this: http://freesound.org/people/maccavictoria/sounds/21433/

    I think this might match what you need (2a?)

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    Very interesting! It's not an exact fit, but it's pretty close. I'll listen to it a few times to see if it will work.

    Is it possible to just take one of the longer, louder sections and just have that, so it's like a constant drone?

    Thanks for pointing this out to me!

    Matt

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    Technospiritualist wrote:
    Is it possible to just take one of the longer, louder sections and just have that, so it's like a constant drone?
    Hi, I've taken the third loud section of that sample, and ping-pong looped it to a >1 min duration, but it's further loopable seamlessly. I've left a little attenuation in the selected part, to give a little variety in envelope, but It can be done it with a more constant section if needed.
    The result is here, available as soon as it gets moderated:
    http://www.freesound.org/people/copyc4t/sounds/173957/
    EDIT: Sound moderated and available!

    Hope this helps

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    Wow! That's great. Exactly what I was looking for on the first sound.

    Thanks for doing this for me. Any chance for help on the others?

    Matt

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    You're welcome, glad you liked it, great find by qubodup and great source by maccavictoria there smile

    As you see, once a good sound source is found, processing it a little is rather easy; the problem is often finding, or before that, imagining good sound sources.

    What do you see as the elements composing the sounds you need? As an unrelated example: gusts of wind, creaking, zaps, whooshes, metallic sounds, stomps, gurgling...
    Such words are often used as tags for the sounds, so searching for them might help getting a narrower and more focused set of sounds.

    Just like you described the flying man sound, try this: close your eyes, see the spells being cast, as creepy and dramatic as you envision them, and tell us what you hear (e.g. background deep drone and a sudden zap) then the search for ingredients will begin smile

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    Ok. I appreciate the encouragement. If I knew how to mix my own sounds, I would give it a try (at least). But where are the tools? I don't have any mixing software. Sure, there's good source material here (and other places, I gather), but how would I actually DO IT?

    I guess this means I am officially declaring myself as the Freesound N00B of the day. So be it. If you show me, I will experiment.

    Matt

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    Sorry for the misunderstanding, I didn't mean it being easy as you having to do it wink
    What I meant is that we all can help you faster the more precise your ideas are.

    For instance, imagine that you have a general idea of the sound ingredients for the teleport spell, and meanwhile someone else does a complex layer of totally different sounds; you might end up liking it even better than your first idea, but it might also turn into a wasted effort if not.

    Let's say you see it as a swoosh and a zap and tell us; we can browse through such sounds, point you to a few selected examples, you say you like swoosh B but higher pitched, and zap D but possibly going from left to right, ad we can do that in a snap.
    All of this, greatly limiting the number of sounds you'd have to check, as it happened for the insect drone.

    In short, help us help you better; share your vision, and it'll be turned into sound smile

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    Here's a teleportation spell I fun-mixed just now: http://freesound.org/people/qubodup/sounds/174366/ maybe you can make use of it.

    I use Audacity and play around with recordings and effects (mostly Paulstretch, Freeverb, Reverse, Fade-in/-out and change speed).

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    Ok. I understand better. So, let me ask about this one...

    I'm looking for a sound for a fire effect, and another for a cold effect.

    The fire effect - I am looking for a sound based (in my head at least) on the flamethrower sound you might see in a war movie. However, it must be shorter in duration (2-3 seconds) and perhaps with some sort of hiss to it as well.

    The cold effect - I am imagining a sound much like sleet hitting a windshield. However, I'm hearing it as involving a larger amount of impacts - in other words, about 3x the intensity. Also, I'm looking for it to be shorter, again 2-3 seconds.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks!

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    Thank you, I'm sure those descriptions will be very helpful for the search, but there's something I forgot to ask: is the usage you'll make of those sounds a commercial kind of usage?
    Asking because some sounds that might match your needs are marked as for non commercial use only; in that case you'd have to contact the author and ask for personal permission or come to some sort of agreement with the author.

    Searching for flamethrower right now gives 4 results:
    http://www.freesound.org/search/?q=flamethrower
    Of these, only the second can be used with no restrictions at all.
    Anyway, tell us which you like better if any, so we can find feasible alternatives, should the restrictions be an obstacle.

    Searching for hiss alone gives 915 results (eek!)
    http://www.freesound.org/search/?q=hiss
    But check the first of those 915, you might like it:
    http://www.freesound.org/people/DJ%20Chronos/sounds/130293/

    Oh hey, it belongs to a pack of pipe hisses, check the others too, just 8 sounds in total:
    http://www.freesound.org/people/DJ%20Chronos/packs/8152/

    This one too might be good, also from the first page of those 915 sounds:
    http://www.freesound.org/people/geodylabs/sounds/122803/

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    About the cold effect:

    This one is sleet, but against leafs, not a windshield
    http://www.freesound.org/people/sanus_excipio/sounds/44921/
    (non-commercial only)

    This is rain, but against a windshield
    http://www.freesound.org/people/sanus_excipio/sounds/85216/
    (non-commercial only)

    Rain again, from inside a car, no restrictions:
    http://www.freesound.org/people/stomachache/sounds/46525/
    http://www.freesound.org/people/ecfike/sounds/128707/
    http://www.freesound.org/people/martypinso/sounds/22504/

    If there's a sound you like but it has too few impacts, consider the sound can be multilayered at will to reach the density you need.

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    I've just uploaded this one - it's been sitting on my hard drive for ages. It's obviously longer than you need but you could easily truncate it, and it has the whoosh dynamic at the start.

    http://www.freesound.org/people/Speedenza/sounds/174999/ - awaiting mods.

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    For the record, all of the sounds I am looking for are for my own use, not commercial. Either they are to be used in a tabletop RPG, or they are to add atmosphere while I write as I am an author.

    I'm going to check out the above links asap!

    Thanks!

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    For flame, try this pack: http://www.freesound.org/people/Nic3_one/packs/10359/

    I tried my hand at a man-sized insect drone (normal speed, and resampled at about 4x speed -- you may have to wait for it to get moderated/approved). Meanwhile, I can't help but think you could get "magic" sounds by a shortening envelope applied to some ethereal ambiance backgrounds like this one of mine, or perhaps one or more of the "portal" sounds I posted, like this one. You can check others in the same packs or try finding "similar" sounds if anything strikes your fancy. Better yet, perhaps you can describe what comes close and why, or what is missing, etc.

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