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 Post subject: Shmup sound effects - advice needed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 1:00 pm 


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Hello developers,

I'm dabbling a bit with creating a vertically scrolling shmup as a hobby project. I'm getting by in the coding and pixel art departments, but sound effects are causing me a bit of trouble, so I would be grateful for any advice on how to create:

* Good explosion sound effects, especially the kind of high-pitched explosions you'd hear in, say, a Psykio shooter
* A good main weapon firing effect

So far, I've gotten by with a combination of bxfr and cc0 sounds processed in Audacity, but the ones above really elude me. I've tried searching for info on the subject on the net without much luck.
I'd like to learn how to create these sounds myself, but if anyone can recommend a good source of stock sounds for this, I'd also be interested.

Thanks in advance,
Tom


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup sound effects - advice needed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:07 pm 



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Scour things like freesound and pick up good sources; then adjust them to your liking.
You can also layer several sounds together with a DAW to create unique sounds. A reasonable free-to-try solution is Reaper, but if tracker software is your ante you can use a tracker to layer to sounds as well.

Also for arcadey effects you can use a VST instrument and tweak the sound outcome. A good free solution is Synth1 by Daichi.

For a high pitched explosion sound effect a ricochet sound is usually layered to a sound to give it more distinct impact


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 Post subject: Re: Shmup sound effects - advice needed
PostPosted: Wed Jul 11, 2018 9:40 pm 


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Speaking of DAWs, LMMS also includes a bfxr/sfxr port in it so you can keep using it but with the possibility of adding effects and tweaking the sounds with modifiers and stuff.

One thing you should remember when designing the main weapon SFX is that it is the one sound you'll hear over and over again throughout the entire game. So it has to be there for the direct feedback of shooting but it mustn't be too loud nor too grating.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup sound effects - advice needed
PostPosted: Fri Jul 27, 2018 2:33 am 


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In addition to downloading free sounds for a source, you can record your own stuff. I bough a Blue Yeti mic for just this. I'd say at least half of the sounds in my game ended being homemade recordings. Sometimes I even used my mouth to make sounds, like go "PEW" and then add effects and layering til it sounds good.
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 Post subject: Re: Shmup sound effects - advice needed
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^ Yeah, that's good advice! The mouth is more flexible than you would think, and it can sometimes be easier to get a specific sound effect this way rather than recreating it from scratch.
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