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Designing Monster / Alien Sound Effects.

Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2004, 11:22pm

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Hi all.

I’ve started work on designing a collection of alien and general monster sound effects for the sound download section. Is there any specific Alien that you would like me to base a design upon ?.

Something that really spooked the living hell out of you ?.

I’ve already got the two main Aliens well covered. I’ve designed a range of sounds based on the Predator movie and none other than the Alien(s) Movie.

What other movies would be worth basing a design upon ?.

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Sharp.
Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2004, 11:31pm

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Monsters Inc. wink

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Posted: Sat, 5th Jun 2004, 11:58pm

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An American Werewolf in Paris, Jurassic Park
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:01am

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Mellifluous wrote:

An American Werewolf in Paris, Jurassic Park
There were aliens in Jurassic Park? confused
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:03am

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Sharp wrote:

I’ve started work on designing a collection of alien and general monster sound effects for the sound download section.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:07am

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I think it would be neat to have footstep sounds of monsters. There's a t-rex stepping sound here that I'm thinking of in particular. Not only would sounds like this be good for monsters, they would also be good for stuff like trailers and slow motion.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:29am

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Hi guys.

Yeah Dinosaurs !!! Consider it done.

Dino foot steps… Yes certainly. Can’t have a Dino without that cup of water on the dashboard vibrating. Consider it done.

As for Monster’s Inc.
I have it on DVD, but nothing pops into my mind. I’ll have to take a look at the DVD to see what I could base a design upon.

Regards.
Sharp.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:31am

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I was joking about that. Although there might be some wicked roars in it somewhere.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:39am

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biggrin Well I walked into that one.

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Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:46am

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i'd like to hear some good howls also, like the howling of a werewolf. Don't forget snarls and just breathing so we can overlay that under all the other roars! biggrin
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:50am

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Ho BTW:….for those who are interested in sound design, I’m actually going to make up a kind of tutorial walk through of the methods I used to make these sounds and I will also list the equipment used along with photo’s of each device this time around.

Straight away I can point out the obvious and tell you that all Alien and Monster sound effects are based on Wind. Be it vocal chords or some exotic instrument, it’s still a wind-generated sound.

So… this means I will be turning to Virtual Technology like Acoustic Tone Generators that deal with wind, and I will even be using a computerised Wind Controller to interface with the Generator.

I’ll take a few photo’s of these devices as I’m using them so you can all see what’s involved. Should be an interesting thread when finished.

Regards.
Sharp.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 1:19am

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TUTORIAL??!!
/me starts drooling
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 1:53am

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Hey, it sounds like wind sounds aren't too hard to make! biggrin A bunch of wind sounds could be useful for building tension in scenes with no music. Just an idea, though.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 2:30am

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Ooh, orc-ish sounds! Like the snarls and such in LOTR. That would be nice, and could also be of use for other beasties.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 7:21am

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speaking of lotr you no in movies and in trailers they have just like a big boom sound in it not like an explosion but like a vibrating rumble kind of thing and it sounds dramatic and stuff. i hope this makes sense. if you watch lotr youll here it in like the battle scenes and stuff.
if you could make this it would be great!!!
and speaking of sound. does anyone no were i can get a sound like in a scary movie were something pops out out you and you have that kinda bang.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 12:51pm

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Oh yeah that would be a good idea for a sound pack: different impact sounds, like a booming drum and such. As he said it would be useful for quite a lot of stuff as well.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 1:39pm

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It would be cool to have a "general" monster pack that has the stereotypical monster sounds (if these are easy to do) such as:-

1. heavy footsteps (like T Rex, Godzilla that have lots of bass kick in them smile )
2. blowing wind
3. rustling trees
4. evil growling, e.g. lion, leopard types
5. snake hissing

If there are some basic effects, these could be mixed to together to make new sounds (e.g. the T Rex was a mix of a lion's roar, a gorilla, & other sounds)

I have sounds I recorded myself for these but they don't sound right, I'd be interested in hearing what you are able to come up with.

In addition:-

6. gory sound effects - e.g. like when the Alien breaks through the guy's stomach, when zombies are eating flesh (wouldn't use these myself but I know they'd be useful for people). If people are making monster films then they inevitably are going to have a scene where the monster's eating someone

If you are able to do some of these, brilliant. If not, that's fine - everyone here appreciates what you're doing & already done (especially considering you have a full time job as well).

Thanks
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 2:17pm

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Oh yeah gory sounds, like when zombies bite people in Resident Evil smile
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 5:31pm

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pooky wrote:

Oh yeah that would be a good idea for a sound pack: different impact sounds, like a booming drum and such. As he said it would be useful for quite a lot of stuff as well.
This is a good idea. If you saw the first Hellboy trailer, there are a ton of whooshes and flash sound effects that provide good effect with the flow, and go along with the white flashes. Stuff like that would be very useful.

But take your time, Sharp. It's amazing that you are willing to make all these sounds for us, so don't feel obligated or anything. smile
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 7:10pm

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Sometimes in films you get those weird scary tunes that last a few seconds, often piano based. A few of those would be great.
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 7:48pm

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How about scuttling spidery sounds? Shelob style...

Or, continuing the LotR theme, I've always absolutely loved the grating growl of the Balrog - that mixture of a growling animal, mixed with what sounds like metal chains being scraped along the ground and crackling fire.

As others have said, great stuff Sharp. Good to know there are such generous people still out there. smile
Posted: Sun, 6th Jun 2004, 8:05pm

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Sharp I love you smile

that being said. Um I know this is gonna sound wierd but if you REALLLY REALLLY want to be off the hook, the trumpet/trombone and violin sounds that are in ALL horror movies would BE AWESOME. Like the ones that happen to create suspense and accent what happens on screen. It makes the Decapitation THAT much more scary cuz it sends chills through your spine. smile
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 8:44am

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Don't forget the subtle little effects aswell as the big crashes and roars, heavy breathing, shuffling, scraping claws, gurgling etc etc...
Posted: Mon, 7th Jun 2004, 12:08pm

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Hi everyone.

Thanks a million for all your suggestions.
Because of the diverse range of ideas I won’t be able to pack all this into a single download when completed. So…this will be a kind of ongoing collection of sounds that I will submit for download over time. Basically… It will be released is “Packs” of sounds.

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Sharp.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 9:58pm

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Also, I sort of skimmed the topic and didn't notice this specifically (though I did notice alien sounds) but, I would like to see some of those crash sounds in M. Night Shyamalan films. Like when they have a chair or whatever propped up against a door and the monster crashes into it, kind of making a splintery thumping sort of noise. smile

If you've seen Signs, you'll know what I'm talking about smile There are also a few in The Village trailers: http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&id=1808488393&cf=trailer
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 10:17pm

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Hi Marek.

Yes that’s no problem at all, but I’m afraid that they will have to be added at a later date because I just finished working on the first Sound Pack yesterday and I’ve already started to upload the files so they can be transferred to the download section.

45MB of Mp3 files.
Everything from Orchestral Terror Phrases to Aliens and Aliens worlds.

Regards.
Sharp.
Posted: Fri, 11th Jun 2004, 10:27pm

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Sounds good. The reason I ask is because I'm working on a suspense film right now, and Shyamalan is a big influence on me in that area. I'll be able to wait for however long it takes, as I have a few things that I also need to wait for before the film can be completed.

Thanks a million for all your sounds. biggrin