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    Hey there.

    I'm creating an ambient album of four tracks as my school music diploma work. To make the instrumental tracks fit to the theme of the album as good as possible, I'm going to need some sound effects. I'd prefer creating the sounds by myself as much as possible.

    The sound I'm looking for here is a sound of some factory machine. I can't really figure what kind of machine it could be or what to call it, so it's really hard to find tips for making that kind of sound. I'm glad I found this site with it's forums.

    To get the idea of what I mean, I'd like you to listen a few seconds of this great song: http://youtu.be/JMl8cQjBfqk?t=1m29s (If the time on the link is not working, go to 1m 29s.)

    The sound doesn't have to be EXACTLY like this, but still something around it. If you guys have any ideas how I could build this kind of sound myself, I'd be more than glad to hear.

    I hope there's someone out there that might know about it. Did I post this to right place anyways? I'm new cry

    Don Posei

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    Hi, if you are referring to the rhythmic clanking and clunking in the clip, this shouldn't be too dificult to do. If you have the equipment to achieve the kind of quality you need for your tracks, then record yourself doing various things, banging filing cabinets, scraping and chinking pieces of metal together, all the kinds of things that are going to give you a rich pallet of appropriate sounds to create with. you can then pitch and mix them as you please. alternatively, simply search Freesound or another sound library to which you have access in search for clanks, clunks, crashes and impacts.

    You could create a loop of the sounds you want by inserting silences of certain lengths between elements in your sound to make a good rhythmic machine working sound or you could put the sounds through a sampler and play the rhythm you want on a midi controler or keyboard etc.

    If you want to punctuate your percussive sounds with motor sounds, you could try recording things like blenders, DVD-player trays, automatic doors etc, and pitching and splicing them to your satisfaction.

    Hope this helps!

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    You actually helped me a lot! Those ideas are great, and actually I might be able to do the sound like that. Also it actually didn't even cross my mind searching for a single sound to turn into a rhythmic beat.

    Thank you!

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