Hey fellow SSDers! I've been doing some library cataloging today, digging through some recent shows to finish some much-overdue mastering (who am I kidding though, I'm nowhere close to finished hah). But something occurred to me when mastering up some really sweet, long Foley recordings I did of leather, rope, and barefoot footsteps (sorry boys n girls, this wasn't an S&M scene so please get your heads outta the gutter ;) ). I'll bet all of us, especially those who have done a lot of shows and/or a lot of designing and recording, have come to create or record something that's become our prized possession, a $$$ sound that sits in our private stash. Whether we use it often or not, for some reason it's just got the 'it' factor that makes it our favorite sound byte that nobody else has.
My personal favorite "stashed" sound is this:
My production sound mixer buddy recorded it a while back when he mixed the RuPaul Drag Race and it was some sort of comedy show this time. He set up his Sound Devices rig with a set of dedicated mics facing the live studio audience in an A/B array. So he shared them with me and let me dig through them for anything cool, and after sifting through about 2 hours or so of recordings, I was able to wrangle tos of genuine crowd laughter as standup comedy routines were happening, so I carefully strung them together while removing the actual dialogue and was left with this track, a perfect bed of genuine crowd reactions that fits the bill for that hard to find energy level that isn't over the top but feels like the same kind of crowd energy heard in Seinfeld's stand up bits at the top of each of his shows. There were a lot other goodies in there, but this one was just $$$ to me.
So, the question I pose to you all is.... what's your favorite stashed custom recording/design/effect? It can be an actual sound effect, or some ridiculous outtake during a recording session that you've always felt was pure gold even though it'd never get used. No-holds-barred in that regard! I'd love to hear what yours are and any story behind them you may have.
The only parameters:
- If you have multiple favorites, please select one that you feel comfortable sharing (I know some are protective of some of their prized material, and that's okay, I fully respect that)
- It must be something of your own creation in some way/shape/form (e.g. not your favorite commercial/purchased library effect)
- It must be something from your personal, private stash that has been only traded with or given to a handful of friends/colleagues at most, or not traded/given at all (this speaks more to those of us sound effect recordists/license-granters)
Look forward to hearing what's on people's minds (pun intended, indeed)!