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Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 5 days ago #208202

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Hello everyone, am looking for good quality scifi sound effects,like engine sounds, space battery blasts, input sounds, etc... I have found some on the web but they are too huge and pricy for me. Any suggestions? Thanks

Danny

Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 5 days ago #208206

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Check out Eric Matyas' website at soundimage.org/. He doesn't just have music there. There's some great sci-fi atmospherics and spot effects.

And they're free.
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Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 5 days ago #208208

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Hey J!

Yeap, always do check Eric's site. Actually I use most of my sound effects from him. The ones I am after are much more specific. Like ambient sounds for a ship or fleet (am aware there are no sounds in space but they do add to the drama and the montage of the clips), plasma batteries opening fire, explosions, full out space battle sounds, ships jumping into hyperspace, missiles firing and nuclear blasts.

Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 4 days ago #208210

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Have you tried mixing various sounds? Just to demonstrate the idea, here's a mix of Rez-Drone-1 and Ambient-Rumble from the sci-fi atmos group, and from the aircraft interiors, Jet-Plane-Ambience_High-Altitude_Static_Interior.

It's a 48K wav file rather than the 44.1K MP3s that Eric posts, but it should give you an idea. You can do the same thing to simulate rocket sounds, weapons, you name it. Just because something isn't labelled sci-fi doesn't mean that it can't be used for that.
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Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 4 days ago #208212

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Actually, follow on from the above: most engineers that I know who have had to this do exactly what I suggested - find combinations of sound effects that they can build into the effect that they want. They also often do this by varying the speed of effect that they are building on to change its characteristics.

One of the most impressive space interiors that I have heard was put together out of a gas-fired barbecue because it produced the sort of intermittently varying hiss that the engineer wanted, filtered hospital corridor atmos, and a ticking clock slowed down to roughly a tenth normal speed (I think) mixed in at very low level. The slow low pitched, low level thud-thud-thud of the clock underneath the other two gave the effect life. Of course, he recorded each of those himself, but you don't necessarily need to do that. Just experiment.
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Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 4 days ago #208215

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That's one thing I didn't try and that is to create the sounds myself... which would prove interesting. OK I will. Thanks mate.

danny

Re: Looking for scifi sound effects 2 weeks, 4 days ago #208259

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Licensing may be an issue, depending on how you use the material
http://bbcsfx.acropolis.org.uk/

Look for Creative Commons 0 license in your search for "public domain" sounds.
https://freesound.org/

Ask the question again in a couple of years after you've sifted through the libraries, I'll give you more links.
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