First off...I do almost all of my editing and processing using Audacity, it's an open source (free) multi-channel audio editor(I don't think it's fair to compare it to ProTools, Abelton, Ardour, or any of the other multi-track DAW applications but it does handle simple multi-track projects). I usually start from a real sound: a gunshot, a whip crack, a door slam, a lightning strike, fireworks, etc. Sometimes I will modify the pitch or duration but often I'll use a digital graphic equalizer to break the sound down into distinct high, medium and low frequency bands. I do this by pasting copies of the sound into separate tracks and filtering each one. This allows me to treat each part of the sound separately. I might take the bass track and put it through a slight delay with compression to make it punchy. The mid or high tracks might get a phase shifter or some treated noise that has been enveloped to have similar dynamics to the sound in that track. Then I might add a synthetic or recorded sound like a whoosh, a jet pass, fire, electrical arcing or (as is the case with this "Laser Cannon") a cutting torch. This is cut and enveloped to go along with the original sound and it's additional tracks. Now I have something like four or five stereo tracks of the sound and then copy the whole thing and paste it down the timeline four or more times. At this point I can make different mixes of the sound and change the timing of individual elements to create variety. In this sound you can hear that the plasma cutting torch sound changes its starting point in relation to the rest of the sound. After I've created four or more distinct mixes I then paste them as one file and treat the new copies with slight variations in pitch and compression to make a longer file with more variations. If you want to hear some other examples of this technique check out the "Weapons" Pack : http://www.freesound.org/people/klangfabrik/packs/13396/ And if you are interested in Audacity here`s a link: http://audacity.sourceforge.net
This is my favourite rain sound! :) Found it through the Ambiance iOS app but now I've changed to Android I'm building my own app and would love to include it—with an attribution, of course! :) Thanks, Beth
Hi. I'm using parts a b and c of the winter wind series in a long form ambient release to be put out later this year under creative commons. If you'd like an advance copy of the download, leave me a private message and I'll get a copy to you. Thanks for the great set of sounds. I may also be using them in an additional project I'm working on.