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#1 Oliver Smith

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 06:37 PM

For my sins, I have the responsibility of creating the sound for an animation.

Several of the characters are steam trains. They're more toys than real trains, so I want to avoid using real trains for the SFX. I'm aiming for that 'CHUG-chug-chug-chug-CHUG-chug-chug...' sound -- not a sound that sounds like several hundred tonnes of iron, but a sound that sounds like a friendly little engine -- but so far, I'm stuck.

I've tried bicycle pumps, I've tried vocalising it, but I'm still yet to get the SFX I want.

Needless to say, I'm stuck. Can anyone offer any ideas?

Edited by Oliver Smith, 16 February 2008 - 06:40 PM.

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#2 Christopher Kennedy Alpiar

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Posted 16 February 2008 - 08:47 PM

Were it me, I would just use my mouth and some digital effects :) Sounds like a fun time
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#3 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 23 February 2008 - 12:46 AM

For my sins, I have the responsibility of creating the sound for an animation.

Several of the characters are steam trains. They're more toys than real trains, so I want to avoid using real trains for the SFX. I'm aiming for that 'CHUG-chug-chug-chug-CHUG-chug-chug...' sound -- not a sound that sounds like several hundred tonnes of iron, but a sound that sounds like a friendly little engine -- but so far, I'm stuck.

I've tried bicycle pumps, I've tried vocalising it, but I'm still yet to get the SFX I want.

Needless to say, I'm stuck. Can anyone offer any ideas?


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#4 Chris Keth

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Posted 28 February 2008 - 09:09 PM

For the "chugs" how about trying this. Record a metal spoon plunging into a bowl of beans. Then pitch shift it down.

It's sounds really weird but it works in my head :-D
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#5 Marc Alucard

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Posted 29 February 2008 - 01:59 PM

Try your local Lionel Train shop. If they don't want to let you record sounds in the store, they can refer you to a Lionel club that will be glad to help you.

Some of the "Toy Train sounds" sound very realistic, and some sound like toy trains.

With a little speed change and pitch shifting you can get almost any sound you need.

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#6 Mike Wallach

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Posted 16 March 2008 - 07:36 PM

This might sound extremely elementary, but couldn't you just use one of those toy train tracks that you used to set up around the christmas tree when you where a kid?
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