Well, I'm not sure about a few years exactly, but I've always thought of this question in terms of wildlife. The first thing that comes to mind are species lost from environmental destruction.
One example: whale song is changing. One theory is that they can no longer communicate as they did because marine traffic overwhelms their language.
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That should work, as long as you ensure that the PC is not running all sorts of irrelevant software and processes, and you make sure there is enough virtual memory allocated (about 3 Gb - it is probably 32Bit OS, so no point in allocating more - make sure you make a fixed allocation.. no "let windows handle things" here as you may get unnecessary disk ...
Take a look at Speakerphone!
reamp through an old speaker
reamp and record through a ribbon mic
reamp through a copperphone
convolution with samples of old devices
overdo a tape emulator plugin
overdo a console emulator plugin
Just found a video of the exact kind of vehicle you're talking about. Take a look/listen from 2 minute on. Also take a look at the similar videos on the side:
The Antique Engine library might have the source material you need: http://rabbitearsaudio.com/rea009-antique-engines/
Or if you want to record/design it ...
I would try to make everything sound pretty clunky, including a lot of wood and metal clanking sounds. I would also probably try and incorporate a lot of engine backfiring, those cars didn't go very fast and couldn't be overworked too much. Also figure out what sort of surface is on. You might be able to get some pretty convincing wheel rolls with some ...
If you can use your old laptop as a recording device or if you can use it as a DAW with current up to date software are really two different questions.
I'm pretty sure you'll be able to use it as a recording device, if you don't do a lot of real time processing. Most of the work for recording will be done by the DCA chip of the audio interface anyway (be it ...
Some props will also become scarce over time; keeping typewriters functioning is getting challenging. I use my library of thick phone-book hits for all sorts of stuff, which also causes them to get duct-taped together and often nearly destroyed. What will I use when everyone stops publishing thick pulp softcovers? Resort to punching interns in the stomach?
Phone work ups. Now everyone uses a smart phone in films. flip phones, antennas, function beeps, and key clicks I can see being endangered. I feel like I haven't heard a wilhelm scream in ahwile either.
This is probably a sound already in someone's library, but I remember my parent's old 50's era (or prior to that?) electric coffee percolator. When it is left to perc for 30 mins. to an hour (adding additional water here and there) it has quite a vocabulary.
Fun question! True - you can find many of these sounds in sfx libraries. We have recordings of NASA space shuttle launches at Pro Sound Effects, and recently have been making 'sound a day' audio posts about sounds of endangered species.
To my great dismay: space shuttle launches. Supposedly one of the (if not THE) loudest man-made sounds. I know the Transformers 3 sound team was able to record the last launch—quite a priceless recording if you ask me. Of course NASA and private companies will be launching other forms of rockets for years. I doubt many would be able to tell the difference.