CrowdSourced FX Library 2

First up, thanks to everyone taking part in THE DOORS – my ftp server is running so hot I don’t need to boil water any more, I can just sit a cup of soup on it & let it steam! For any stragglers, don’t panic – it’s going to be a week or so before I have collected up all the contributors recordings, and another few weeks at least before I’ve listened through them all. I then figure I will create a final record list of any doors that I think are missing (eg if no one has recorded fridge/freezer doors) & I’ll then issue a pickup list to all contributors as a final request list before locking & completing the library.
And so far the results have been excellent – an equal mix of great characterful door recordings and technically excellent “normal” doors which was exactly my aim. And amongst the characterful doors are some real gems for further manipulation (eg Charles Mayne, your gate is straight out of a horror film!)

Anyway I’ll directly contact all of the contributors to THE DOORS as you receive preferential inclusion in this and any other future crowdsourced libraries, but I thought I’d also open applications to particpate in crowd sourced library #2, which is:

dogs wanted!

So the brief is: record 5 dogs

Seeing as how THE DOORS is hopefully going to finally kill the overuse of cliche doors, maybe we can also kill the over use of ‘DOG NEXT DOOR’ or at least provide some seriously good alternatives! But the world of dogs is vast & complex – some of the weirdest vocalisations I have ever heard were from a very small dog! So please comment on this post if you wish to be a contributor. As with the 1,000 doors aim (which we will easily meet) lets aim for 1,000 dogs so if each person records 5 dogs then we have a recordist limit of 200 contributors.

Many years ago I worked on a great NZ film called The Price of Milk by Harry Sinclair (one of my favourite NZ films of all time) which featured an agoraphobic dog – any time this dog spent outdoors he had a cardboard box over him so eg he would be out in a paddock chasing sheep, and you would see this barking cardboard box running around. I didn’t edit the dog sounds for that film but I really appreciated what a broad vocabulary dogs have!

Specifications and a record list will be issued once we have 200 recordists onboard

65 Responses to CrowdSourced FX Library 2

  1. Miguel says:

    Count me in!!

  2. Peter Albrechtsen says:

    I’m in! Great idea.

  3. Benoit Hardonniere says:

    Woooooaf Wooooaf, I’ m in 3. Are you ok with European dog accent?!

  4. cjguitar says:

    I should be able to participate, depending on my schedule, but I’m still a little behind on the Doors project. I’m in the middle of a big project, and hope to have some time soon to finish editing my doors for upload.

    • tim says:

      I figure finding interesting dogs is a little trickier than doors, so I imagine this project having a timeframe of a couple of months at least…

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  6. I’m in, I just need to find five dogs to “borrow”.

  7. Just started working with a behaviorist and can probably get good access to a number of dogs. Glad the idea has grown into something!

  8. Rene Coronado says:

    The Dogs sounds incredibly challenging to me.

    I have a little basset whose voice I used for the vocalizations of a giant killer tree in a Syfy channel feature last month. Just getting enough coverage out of my own dog took a fair amount of time and patience. I still haven’t completely covered her range either – she tends to shut up when I put a mic in her face. πŸ™‚

    Finding good recording locations will also be tricky because dogs can make a fair amount of noise, so indoor recordings are going to be out of the question unless they come to the studio because of reverb issues. Outdoors has its own challenges in the city, and accessibility to both a dog and a location would probably be the trickiest part of the whole thing.

    Puppies would probably be easy to get varied and controlled sounds from. Also doggie tug of war tends to produce well. πŸ™‚


    –would the library be tilted towards strange canine vocalizations (growling/snorting/whining) that could be used as creature sounds, or more towards straight barks and pants that are very identifiable to dogs and much easier to get? I vote dog creatures myself. πŸ™‚

    –perspectives – mandatory multiple perspectives on this one the way we did the doors project, or will just close perspectives be acceptable? I ask because certain dog vocalizations would probably not carry very far, and you’d be less likely to need a distant perspective on a sound you planned on heavily manipulating.

    –stereo/mono/ms/other? It may be that the only reason to get away from mono would be to include the environment a bit. Stereo would be useful for distant dog barking, but I don’t know for what else.

  9. Count me in. In fact at 96k I have already got one of my dogs down “pat”! And yes it does sound like the dog next door! A tip to all other recordists – to get them to “speak” play your dogs other dog sounds!

  10. tohm says:

    I’m in, I swear my dog can sing and I just need to visit the folks for some crazy little dog sounds.

  11. Martyn Zub says:

    Hi Tim, Would love to be part of the Dog record.
    Finishing an edit / mix on a film at the moment where the Sound Supervisor gave me a look of, “Come on Martyn surely we can cut an Alt for that distant dog.”
    Hope to hear from you. Martyn

  12. James Hayday says:

    Hey Tim, count me in

  13. greg says:

    ooo. i’ve got some good dog recordings i’ve made. i don’t think many of them are at 96k…i worked on a series of animated dog films and was forced to go out and record as much as i could. i’ve got a recording of a dog that was so excited, it sounded like it was actually crying…

    they are not really that easy to record. i can tell you that much.

  14. Enos Desjardins says:

    I`m in too! I`m flying back to Europe on Wednesday and will be editing all my recorded doors and can then move on to dogs! Will be fun to find 5 dogs to record and even more fun to try and get variating `performances`from them!!

  15. Guy says:

    Awesome… I have been looking for dog barking audio for sale for ages and NO ONE has any !!…

  16. I’m a bit of a dog nut so this is a easy one for me. I have a staffordshire bullterrier myself and have lots of friends with staffies, american staffies & pitbulls. Already have a quite a few of them at 192. (MKH60-30 -> SD722)
    So count me in πŸ˜‰

  17. Max says:

    Another great subject! It will be a lot more difficult though… anyway, I’m in!

  18. Max says:

    Maybe it would be a good idea to move the recordings for The Dogs to november or december for recordists in the northern hemisphere? It would be a lot easier to make clean EXT recordings during the winter!

  19. Steve Urban says:

    I’ll get in on this one too. There’s a wide variety of dogs in my neighborhood, just have to start making friends…

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  21. Justin Pearson says:

    Count me in…I already have a pretty big dog collection.

  22. I’d be up for it. I have a ridiculous beagle/black and tan hound mix that is always yelling at me. My roomies have a neurotic australian cattle dog. I’m sure I can find a few more.

    Looking forward to seeing what exactly you’re looking for in terms of the behavior standards!

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  24. Peter Zinda says:

    Fantastic idea. This project puts a smile on my face. Count me in!

  25. Count me in too. I can’t miss that opportunity.

  26. Gregor Arnold says:

    I’m in and fortunately my dog is a great vocalizer.

  27. I would love to take part of this, was too late for the last one.

  28. charles maynes says:

    I can try- though sadly, my Malamute passed away about a month ago-

  29. Mikkel Nielsen says:

    Another great project, Tim.
    Can we discuss a bit more what kind of recordings that are expected?
    I too agree that waiting a bit to get more quite ext recordings.

  30. Oscar Rydelius says:

    Count me in!

  31. Bernard OReilly says:

    Count me in, sounds great!

  32. Resonate says:

    I’m in for this!

  33. Steelydom says:

    I’m in – couldn’t find the time for the Doors one but dogs in winter should be cool

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  35. Matt says:

    I’m in! Count me in! Yes please!

  36. Peter Memmer says:

    had a lot of fun with the doors, so count me in on the dogs, too.

  37. Mikkel Nielsen says:

    Me too:)

  38. robin says:

    > (eg if no one has recorded fridge/freezer doors)

    No, I have that one covered. πŸ™‚

  39. Count me in !
    Me and my Soundfield SPS200


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  41. David V says:

    I’d love to be in, with more time than for the door …

  42. Count me in for some dog recordings, I got a border collie that makes ton of sounds.

  43. Augusto says:

    Count me in!!!!

  44. matt L says:

    “Bark”ing hell, I’d “ruff” to be in on this one! (try out my sub-woofer), etc etc.

  45. Colin says:

    I’m game! I’m not sure what all it entails, but I do want to be included.

  46. tim says:

    Ok we have 41 recordists – I’ll send out an email to all the contributors to THE DOORS

  47. exciting project, count me aswell!!!

  48. stig inge says:

    My neighbours got two really crazy dogs. im in.

  49. For anybody who hasn’t recorded dogs (yet), here’s a cool article From Rob Nokes:

  50. Michal says:

    I would love to participate, altough I think it may be harded to find dogs willing to perform in front of mic, in quiet place (outdoor I think).
    Longer timeframe would be definitely needed for this one for me.
    Count me in and I’ll do my best.

  51. expect to have time to record some “expansive” dogs we know :))

  52. I would also like to contribute. Please let me know further details when they become available.

  53. If you’re still looking for contributors, I’ve got an aging Australian Terrier that would love to be immortalized in this way. Count us in!


  54. Chris says:

    I’m in for this one if you need some more recordist.

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