October 7th, 2014

A heartbeat sound I made, complete with some gurgling, blood-rushing sounds. Just uploaded a version without the gurgling, in case you prefer the way that sounds.

To make this, I took a kick-drum sample and a snare-drum sample, and made a loop of kick-snare, kick-snare, kick-snare, over and over. After that, I EQ'd out the more drum-like parts of each sample, added reverb to dull it, a chorus plugin and some compression to remove some of the drums' attack...basically processed the hell out of them.

To get the blood gurgling sound, I filled a water-bottle almost all the way full and turned it sideways, so I had a massive air-bubble floating around. I then tilted the bottle back and forth in front of my Blue Yeti USB condenser mic, so you could hear the air-bubble swishing. I had to be pretty gentle, because if you rock the horizontal bottle too much, the bubble moves too fast and makes a fake-sounding "gloomp."

When I was happy with it, I mixed the heartbeat sound and the gurgling sounds so they'd work well together. Both the sounds were in mono, so I used a free plugin called WOK MS-T on both of them to create a fake hard-panned stereo effect. I wanted it to sound like you'd been running, and were hearing the heartbeat in your ears. I think it turned out pretty cool.


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    Niedec 5 months ago

    @lilsips: Absolutely! It's under Creative Commons CC0, so treat it as Public Domain (Free for any/all commercial/non-commercial use in any market and medium). Credit is nice but not required. You can read more about the license here:


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    lilsips 5 months ago

    this is a really great sound effect, sounds so realistic and love the subtle gurgle. Beautiful work.

    Could I pleases use this effect on my amateur short film? I will post the results and give full credit.

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    cyclonecirce 2 years ago

    Nice, thank you.

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    Niedec 4 years, 6 months ago

    I used Reaper: http://www.reaper.fm/

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    zsirzsolt 4 years, 6 months ago

    what didi you use to composite it?

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