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Hi

I'm doing a trailer for an action/thriller film and I need to make some of those big boomy sounds that they use to emphasise picture cuts. Does anyone know where I could start with making these effects?

Thanks in advance.

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Virtually any subtractive synth with an LFO. Get a sound that is close to what you want and then start tweaking.

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Modify and tweak large metal impacts, layer then with synth material etc. Basically anything with a clear transient and impact and ideally recorded at high resolution will be useful source material - just start thinking big and boom and layer everything up :)

  • Garage doors make a great base layer for these kind of things. – Dave Matney Jan 19 '11 at 14:15
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Just before we switched from an oil fired boiler to gas, I recorded the 1200 liters oil tank, hitting its side. It made an extremely low, and eerie deep tone. Back in protools I cut some of mids and added some Altiverb reverb, and made a send to a DBX120a. It had the lows and a naturalness that I found nice.

I could send an example if you want to?

Best wishes,

Mikkel

  • thanks mikkel, it would be great to hear an example. unfortunately, we have gas heating but i'm sure i could find a big water tank somewhere. my email is phobic4king@hotmail.co.uk – David Smith Jan 21 '11 at 11:51
  • thanks everyone, some great ideas here that i'll try out. – David Smith Jan 21 '11 at 11:52
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You could start with a 40 hz sine tone, add reverb and send it to the sub. Try slowing it down using vari-fi. You can also use explosions, pitch them down an octave or two and add reverb. You could use a reverse explosion for the beginning of the sound. You could also use an electronic bass drum sound like a 909 or an 808 to trigger the reverb.

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