Are there valid guidelines to design squeak and creak sounds produced by metal objects?

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A violin bow on a cymbal can make some cool squeaky/creaky sounds.

Using a piezo disc taped to the cymbal as a transducer can help make it more metallic sounding than using a microphone, but either way is fun.

If you don't care about scratching the cymbal you can also experiment with scraping metal objects against it. Hardened metal (like a good screwdriver tip) can be nice and creaky.

I'm sure there are other ways, too..


Sound Design is a creative pursuit. Consequently the way to progress in Sound Design is to learn the common techniques involved, such as:

  • Sound Recording
  • Editing
  • Layering
  • Pitch and Tone manipulation
  • Audio Processing
  • Mixing
  • etc.

Once you are familiar with these techniques, begin to experiment with particular sounds and see what you come up with.

There are no other guidelines than this.


Talk to your local torsion testing laboratory record real metal

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