I’ve been working on some new bow sounds for Pirates, Vikings, and Knights II out of household items. A creaky dresser in a bedroom turned out to be a good sounding-board for stretched cords. This video shows parts of my process and the finished results.
Version 3.1 beta of Pirates, Vikings and Knights has been released today. Look for some of my environmental sounds in Pinegrove and Cara, as well as a rather rude special attack for the Man at Arms.
Some recording projects I’ve been messing with for PVK II and other projects.
To get some ice cracking and crunching sounds, I froze a bag of water to make a larger, pillow-shaped ice brick. It turned out to be less impressive of a crack than I was imagining but I was able to break it by hand and get some nice ice friction stuff out of it, at least.
For PVK II, I needed to create some desert winds for the map Sandstorm. I already had some library recordings of wind that I liked but I needed some “sand” to add in, so I experimented with recording grainy items around the house including rice and oatmeal to try and get the right feel.
Some veggies awaiting destruction in the name of flesh rips, stabs, and other gooshy gore noises.
Here I am capturing some field recordings of the Key Largo shore. I usually record ambiences with the stereo mics from my Zoom H4 or H2. They also pick up a lot of background car traffic and distant boats and such so I thought I’d try track some wave crashes with a shotgun mic.