Re-creating old radio episode of Fibber McGee and Molly- need to manually create the SOUND of (for live audience to see) 7 mirrors breaking in succession - safely. Thanks for your suggestions.

  • is the audience supposed to see the actual performance of the shattering, or can a recording be used?
    – Rene
    Aug 27, 2014 at 20:26
  • Yes, live in front of audience, no recording- thus the challenge. Aug 31, 2014 at 22:51

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I really think your best plan here is to break seven panes of glass (or in reality break quite a few, so you can get various recordings)

Depending on what acoustics you need, the best breaking glass sounds I have come across were in an old concrete-floored warehouse, and the breaking action was a drop from waist height. The glass we tried varied from 1ft x 1ft up to about 3ft x 1ft, but the best ones were the smaller ones.

Try to set up at least two mics, one directional mic pointed at the point of impact, and one omni (or directional pointed at a nearby wall or corner) as the echoes can be an essential part of the mix.

You'll want to try different angles - you get very different noises depending on how they land.

Steel-toecap work boots, goggles and work overalls are essential.

  • A good plum line weight on a string can work well to pendulum in to the window to break it too, but you need to make sure to put heavy plastic around the area for easy cleanup and containment at that point and drop it from above out of the way of any flying glass.
    – AJ Henderson
    Aug 27, 2014 at 15:01
  • We have to do this live - on stage - no pre-recording. Aug 31, 2014 at 22:49

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