Try searching "cicada" on YouTube in foreign languages.
Like Zikade, Cvrčci, セミ, Cicale, Цикадовые, Τζιτζίκι, böceği, 蝉
Maybe you'll get better sources like this one:
This recording on Wikipedia is also useful:
Re-watch A Bug's Life for tons of ideas. If you can get the DVD, there's a whole track where it's SFX only: No dialogue, no music. Full of neat ideas there. Seem to remember that Ben Burtt used handcuff ratchets for the feet of the roach in Wall-E. Just some ideas of existing SFX to get you unblocked.
Close-up, dainty, tight foley or SFX seem like they'd ...
I created a sound design for a theatre production of Waiting for Godot using primarily feedback chirps from a delay pedal (Line 6 DL4) - and then doing some creative cropping, panning and amplitude envelops.
You could maybe try dropping small pasta shells or tapping your nails on a hard surface. If it's a cutesy kids thing I imagine something like a xylophone run would help soften the mood as the spider runs past as well.
I might try a small (very) garden trow or small hand shovel in grass, time compressed and pitched up. Bugs usually get a "skittery" sound no matter what kind of feet they have. The time compressions will shorten it and make it a tiny tap. Good luck!
Hey Bryce, very cool. thanks for sharing.
I've only had a few minutes to play with it and it's great.
Some feedback on how it could be improved:
1) more source sample material for more varied textures of wings. multiple .nki files
I enjoyed listening to the raw source sample - nature recording. I threw in a couple of my own samples real quick, set a ...
There are some great bit in Designing Sound which go into detail of how to synthesise birds and insects. You could check out the PD patches here (for the insects), but the book contains all the interesting stuff, like the design strategy etc. Well worth a read, but it's a very deep subject. You may find yourself becoming a synthesist instead of a sound ...
Have you looked into condenser microphones? Instead of the dynamic mics, condensers are used for more intimate sound recordings. Additional, the Sanken brand makes some microphones for such needs. "Sanken [makes a mic] called the MO-64, which is capable of recording the heartbeat of a snail."
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I would begin by analyzing what individual sounds or events make up the composition of a meadow (and since not all meadows are created equal, the following categories are subject to change):
Wind blowing through high tree canopies, tall grasses or bushes
Although this sound could be created using synthesizers, it may be more fun to create it using real ...
Bizarre that this has come up before....twice!
Check this thread for some good links to Andy Farnell's work:
How do you design a cricket sound?
Creating insect and meadow ambient noises without recording insects or meadow abients?!
Good luck with it.
Having just looked this up, I would definitely like to but the journey from London is a bit too long for me!
I just listened to the stuff here:
"So both both the 13 and 17 year cicadas have cycles that are prime numbers, this makes it difficult for predators to time their own population increases to match what ...
Erm, there's a wonderful dawn chorus going on every morning right this time of the year, in London. They start early, around 4am, and there are hardly any cars at that time. And if you catch the very start, before it turns into a watery mush of birdsong there are beautiful single calls.
For insects, look at the sound of a cricket in a wave and spectral ...