Presenting Bullets HD Professional Sound Effects Library. After nine long months and over thirty recording sessions it’s finally done! During the last week of October 2012 the remaining sounds for this comprehensive collection of bullet sound effects were recorded with a multi-microphone setup in the wilds of North Idaho. This final release adds the sounds of bullets being shot into an old Bronco SUV. They were recorded inside and out… and from all sides. After many weather delays and scheduling conflicts, the end is here.
The trick to recording a large portion of this library was using subsonic and custom made ammunition with some of the guns. Most of the bullets recorded are traveling less than 700 feet per second. This allows me to position the microphones in just the right area without having a significantly loud muzzle blast. Sometimes I used cloth or carpet baffling around the target area to lessen the echo trail from the initial shot. Even though my goal is to have just the ricochet or pass by recorded, sometimes I include the muzzle blast in the file whether it can be avoided or not. It can make for a interesting sound element and gives you a few gunshots to use also.
The library is organized into 3 sections: designed, processed and the original source files. The designed portion is basically taking some of the raw files and processing them for importing into sessions that I mix and mangle. They are over the top, larger than my own reality and hopefully yours also. The processed files are amped up with transient enhancers, compression, EQ and pitch manipulation. They are derived from the original source files but most are not exact duplicates of the number of takes and sequence. For the processing, I only used the takes I thought would work well for the feel I wanted. And finally, there are the original source files for you to process.
Three types of firearms were used on the SUV to give you a wide selection of impacts to choose from. This final installment includes 198 brand new multi-take Broadcast WAV files and includes the cleaned up and organized raw recordings along with the “processed” takes. Some new foley and designed sounds are also included.
Also included are bullet sounds recorded along a logging road in the North Idaho mountains and the “cliffs” overlooking the forest. A majority of the ricochets were recorded with a suppressed .22 caliber rifle in a very quiet setting. Along with the ricochets are multi-microphone foley sounds of bullet belts and single shells being dropped and handled.
Thanks, Frank -The Recordist
Guns used for this library:
Ruger .22 rifle • Savage .22 rifle with Gemtech suppressor • Bushmaster M4 .223 full auto machine gun • Rock River Arms LAR15 with Gemtech suppressor • Glock 17 9mm handgun • Glock 22 .40 Cal with Gemtech suppressor • Bushmaster M4 with a Spikes Tactical ST-22 full auto machine gun • M60-E Machine Gun • Mossberg 590A1 Shotgun
(3) Sound Devices 702 – (4) Sennheiser MKH-8040 – Sennheiser MKH-8060 – Sennheiser MKH-416 – Sanken CSS-5 – Hearing Protection
Sounds: 3500+ • Download: 2.8GB • Format: Stereo/Mono • Bit Depth: 24-Bit • Sample Rate: 96kHz • Metadata: Soundminer/BWAV
Here is some straight talk on the making of this sound effects library. I will be totally honest with you all… this has been an incredibly difficult collection to record. It probably has been the most challenging sound effects project I have every attempted. (yep, even harder than recording fire) Aside from the scheduling of many sessions with my go-to shooter (Richard), over 3000 rounds of ammo had been shot so far and waiting for the weather to cooperate has been difficult.
Bullets are very unpredictable most of the time. During the many recording sessions, I was always surprised when listening back to the raw files that I got what I got. After these awesome sessions I always wanted to go record more anytime, anywhere. To solve this I purchased my own Ruger .22 rifle with a decent scope, legs and subsonic ammunition. Now I am able to go out into the yard on the ranch and shoot up whatever I have laying around and I can do it at the spur of the moment. I also have some special places I can go record anytime to get sounds from another location, not just the ranch. When the weather is right and the birds and crickets are napping, I head out an see what I can get.