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February 21st, 2008

This is a recording of a plastic soda straw being pulled up and down through the lid on a plastic 32-oz. soft drink cup! I recorded it using a Logitech USB mic sitting here at my computer desk, about a half hour after polishing off the soft drink LOL! I happened to pull the straw out, and noticed the groaning noises it made as it scraped against the plastic lid. So I recorded it with Audacity. The deep pitch sounds are the straw being pulled out, and the high-pitched sounds are the straw being pushed back in. I separated those two distinct sounds, made 2 copies each, overlapped them, and used the Audacity "gverb" effect on 'em with the room size setting maxed out. Then I lowered the pitch of the low sound about three steps and put one copy of it in the center and panned the other hard left. Then I panned one copy of the high-pitched sound, also lowered a few steps, over hard right and boosted to about 18db. I then took another copy of the high-pitched sound, but this time RAISED it in pitch three or four steps (to make it scream), panned it hard left, and boosted it about the same amount. I wanted something that sounded like a cross between Godzilla and the monster in "Cloverfield." I think you'll agree that whatever it is, it sounds pretty angry!


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    tom.p 6 years, 8 months ago

    absolutely wicked!

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    maximusthedark 6 years, 9 months ago

    who could've thought this came from a plastic soda straw...???

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    Didgaraya 6 years, 10 months ago

    Really great :) More like Cloverfield than Godzilla.

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    Faylon 6 years, 11 months ago

    not bad

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    andre.rocha.nascimento 7 years, 1 month ago

    Hi Sea Fury,

    i've been a part-time electronic musican for a few years and i've done a couple of short movie soundtracks, as well as some advertising music and game / multimedia sound design.

    I must say this is one of the best pieces of sound design i've come across these past few years. It should be showcased in music tech classes and sound design workshops as an example of what you can achieve with simplicity and a little imagination!

    Best regards and keep it up!

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