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The Making Of Ultimate Mud SFX Library

Ultimate Mud

Sonic Terrain has published an article I wrote on the making of Ultimate Mud SFX Library.

Making of The Recordist’s Ultimate Mud SFX Library

Recording the Ultimate Mud SFX Library was quite an experience. I’ve always wanted my own mud splat or “Giblet” library. The term Giblet comes from working on fantasy type video games where monsters get slayed by the player and they explode into a bunch of pieces. Dungeon Siege 1 and 2 had a lot of these types of sounds. Back in 2001, I did record some mud, but I was so busy working on the game that it was a quick session just to get what I needed. So here I am in 2010 thinking about recording a brand new set of High Definition mud sound effects. After deciding that mud sounds were going to be my next project, I asked myself, “Where the heck do I record mud?” It just so happened that I had a mud bog on my ranch even though I did not realize it at the time… until I started planning.
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Ultimate Mud
Here are some pics and audio clips from my Ultimate Mud SFX Library.

This one of a kind collection contains 464 slimy and wet mud sound effects recorded at 24-Bit 96kHz.

Includes: splats, splashes, drips, pours, bubbles, gurgles, movements, impacts, spooges, suction and much more.

I recorded dumping mud from my tractor, a large pail, and shovel. I also used the rubber boots to walk around and get myself stuck in the deep mud bog in my back yard. The garden hose served as a great tube to get forced air into the wheelbarrel. Sonic Terrain will have a detailed “Making of” article soon.

Previous mud recording blog posts:
Mud Recording Photo Gallery – August 27, 2010

Ultimate Mud SFX Library Recording – September 29, 2010

Equipment Used:
Sound Devices 702
Sanken CSS-5
Sennheiser MKH-416
Audio Technica AT-835ST
Sony PCM-D1
Rubber Mud Boots
Five Gallon Bucket
Wheelbarrow
Garden Hose
Various Tools and a Flip HD Camera

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Ultimate Mud SFX Library Recording

As I am making the Ultimate Mud SFX Library I’m always trying to come up with new ways to create unique mud sounds. So far I’ve used my feet, shovels, my hands, buckets and logs. I decided one day last week to go bigger and better (hopefully) so it was time to get the JD tractor going and see if I could dump some mud.

It had just rained heavily for 3 days straight and my mud bog had filled back up with quite a bit of water. Perfect! It was a challenge to get the John Deere down into the mud but once I did I filled the tractor bucket by hand full of very wet mud. I raised the bucket up and proceeded to slowly dump out the water and then the mud. So far so good, I got some fairly big mud splats and splashes.

Next up was the shovel. I was able to get the shovel deep into the mud and raise it up to get some good suction and bubble spooge sounds. As the mud dried over the next few days I went back into the bog and dumped some more mud with the tractor. This time it was very different without all the water. I got some great dry mud glops and splats.

Ultimate Mud SFX will be released as soon as I can finish all the session recordings and editing sometime in the next month or so. Here are some videos: QuicktimeFlash

Enjoy the sounds! – Frank

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10 with the CSS-5

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10 with the CSS-5

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10, disgusting and smelly water

Ultimate Mud Recording 2010-09-20 by therecordist

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10 from FlipHD Cam, 1st dump with mostly water

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10 from FlipHD Cam, 2nd dump with the mud

Mud SFX Recording on 9-20-10

Mud SFX Recording on 9-27-10, dry mud and the CSS-5

Mud Recording Photo Gallery

Here are some pics from my forthcoming “Mud” SoundBox HD. Enjoy the aroma!

Get ready for some spooge!!! Some of these sound like irritated midget mud spores on cocaine.

Mud Recording Blog Demo 1 by therecordist

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Mud recording session, my feet got stuck way too many times.

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Mud recording session, the shovel made great suction sounds.

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Mud recording session, foot imprints.

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Mud recording session, this got messy, pulling the bucket out made crazy sounds.

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Mud recording session, OK I admit this is gross.

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Mud recording session, dried up a little so I trenched more water in.

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Mud recording session, horrible stink going on.