I remember reading somewhere about someone creating a stone door closing when they were packing up for the day and scraped a box along the ground that was covered in salt and I'm sure there's many other examples. So what's the best thing you've made by mistake?

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one time my ISDN box freaked out on connection, but in an awesome digital kind of way. I hit record and caught a sound I'd never be able to reproduce otherwise. For a year or so I used that sound in everything. :)


i've made some WEIRD stuff by accidentally leaving "noise only" selected when using noise reduction tools like iZotope


Moving a sofa created a wonderful low end growl so I just had to record it.


stepping backwards away from a lecturn and laughing turned in to this amazing phazey sci-fi sound that ended up being a car-start for a futuristic show....

I have a folder full of 'leftovers' that holds all the little gems that might otherwise be indiscriminately culled from a recording session. Things that just sound cool and are hard to categorize.

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    i add the term "badass" to the metadata of the REALLY choice stuff i catch. :)
    – Rene
    Commented Nov 29, 2011 at 20:45
  • ha, nice . Commented Nov 30, 2011 at 2:07

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