I'm currently working on my RPG game, and I'm trying to design a unique sound for the griffin's howl. I have a specific sound in mind, but I'm having trouble finding good references for it. Can anyone share their experiences on how they conceptualize abstract sounds like this?

Also, if any of you have tried recording similar sounds before, I'd love to hear about your success or any tips you might have.

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    Hit your small toe on a corner twice in a row when you don't expect it (I agree, that will be a bit hard to catch on record). Keep recording and you will get some goblin sounds as a bonus
    – Zibelas
    Commented Jul 31, 2023 at 14:34
  • Well, it's an eagle & a lion - that should be good for starters. Combined with stubbed toe if appropriate ;)
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Aug 16, 2023 at 15:32

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You could have a look at Buckbeak's sound (the griffin in Harry Potter)

It sounds like a chicken plus a dinosaur.

Chicken samples are easy to find and there are also tutorials on how to make dinosaur sounds


I’d approach it iteratively, I guess.

I would go about it like this:

  • Start by trying to verbally describe the sound. “Like an eagles cry, except lower, and with elephant overtones.” Or “Breathy, and gravely like a lions roar, but then through the beak of a majestic eagle”.
  • From there you could go right into the sound design, for example one, you might pitch down an eagles cry, use an elephant trumpet as a reference to how the pitch changes over the phrase of the sound. For the second example may you’d convolve a lions roar against an eagles cry, and layer thick heavy stone scraping against stone underneith?
  • listen to what you’ve got. How is it different from what you’re hearing in your head? What can you do to make it closer? Is there an effect you can add? Is there a quality to the sound missing? What is that quality? How would you describe it?
  • That then gives you a starting point to work from. Lather rinse repeat. Also, don’t be afraid to change it up completely, and start fresh. Realizing when a particular path isn’t working and trying a new one can be fruitful.

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