May 14th, 2011

A totally synthetic explosion sound that could be the firing of a large gun instead of a bomb exploding. Unlike the lower-numbers in this series, this is the first to purposely use a low-frequency hump just after the initial impulse begins, which upon simulating the over-driving of a microphone (via distortion) results in a relative drop in the high frequency content for a tenth of a second or so. This in turn creates a sound much more familiar to our ears, as it sounds more like how explosions tend to sound in all the old movies. This one is relatively short compared to its predecessors, but still has enough ambiance following it that you can shape the envelope to suit your needs (making it sound nearer or farther). As it sits, it could very well be a shell exploding or being fired (by artillery or a tank, or whatever you want). All in all, a nice variation on the theme so far. Like the others in this series, this sound is totally synthetic, created within Cool Edit Pro (the ancestor of modern-day Adobe Audition).


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    jacob3489 8 years, 1 month ago

    this one is fantastic

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    zimbot 8 years, 5 months ago

    Thanks for the comments. I think its my favorite in the series.

    But I only noticed the grainy "hiss" (HF noise that overlays the decay) after I had uploaded this. Several of the sounds in this series have that. And I believe it came from a distortion step late in the processing chain. It was a mistake. I'm just amazed that I let that slip by me. It's not necessarily a *bad* thing -- you can either low-pass filter that out or just imagine it is dirt or other fine debris hitting the ground. It's just that I didn't *intend* for these explosion sounds to sound "hissy" like that. At all. Oh well. One of these days I might take another pass at creating these kind of sounds, and pay more attention to that particular detail. Distortion should only be applied to the beginning, after all, not the whole thing -- that's why its a mistake.

    But this one is apparently the most popular in the series so far, judging by downloads, so I guess a lot of folks are finding it useful. For something.

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    psy_warrior 8 years, 5 months ago

    excellent! many thanks ;)

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    nicktermer 8 years, 7 months ago


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