Sound effects

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karligula 101 Sep 10, 2011 at 22:02

Hello everyone,

I’ve almost finished my first iPad game (YAY!) and all I need to do before I submit it to Apple is add a few sound effects. It’s a falling blocks style game but I’ve added my own particular twist to it.

I’ve added some effects that I bought from audiojungle and some I’ve done myself but I’m just not happy with them at all. I’ve been googling for weeks, there’s loads of sites that offer effects but I just cannot find what I’m looking for. They’re all either too simple, or too complicated, or too long. Getting quite frustrated, I thought it would be pretty easy to find what I need! :wallbash:

Anyway, does anyone know where I can find good quality game sound effects suitable for a falling blocks puzzle game, not 8 bit plinks and plonks, not overdone complicated stuff, but simple, elegant, short sounds? Or would any sound designer like to produce some effects for me, for a modest fee of course?

Thanks!

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TheNut 179 Sep 10, 2011 at 22:14

I’d suggest freesound.org, but I’m going to guess you must have already come across it from a google search. It’s not easy to find stuff there, but with patience you can usually find a lot.

Other than that, do you have a decent microphone? I often record my own sounds with a Rode NG-2 shotgun mic and the results are pretty good. Something to consider, as a mic is usually a lifetime investment (assuming you handle it with care). It’s one of the best ways to get the sounds you want.

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touch_the_sky 103 Sep 12, 2011 at 18:41

Since you mentioned you bought your current samples I’d say - have you tried istock? Game sfx definitely isn’t the main focus there, but it wouldn’t hurt to narrow search to audio and give it a shot

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Vilem_Otte 117 Sep 12, 2011 at 18:53

Hm… we bought “good” mic and tried to simulate the sound as close as possible (F.e. breaking bones can be simulated when you break ice from fridge).

On the other hand, recording some stuff is just all but impossible (without having really large studio with huge budget) - in that case we used google and bought some stuff.

Note: You can as well go with some standard mic for some 200$ - most players won’t notice lower quality sound in contrast to studio stuff. Especially if it is indie game.