|Imagination in Action|
|About "Imagination in Action" | Activities|
|Stagecraft > Sound Effects - Sound Effects Kit|
Make a Sound Effects Kit
For a good Sound Effects (SFX) kit, start with:
CRASH BOX --made from a metal Christmas popcorn container.
Fill it with junk , but not glass. Roll it around in all directions
for a variiety of sounds.
THUNDER SHEET - 2x4 foot 16th inch high-impact polystyrene. Look in your local yellow pages for "Plastics" and call around. It'll cost about $10.
WALKBOARD - 2x3 foot doubled 3/4 inch plywood for footsteps. Put tile on one side to get a different sound.
SMALL DOOR - Ideally, cut a regular door just after the latch and make a door frame to fit.
GRAVEL BOX - Wooden drawer-type box with gravel--for horses/dirt. Also, coconuts and short 2x4s as "boots"--with spurs!
CAVEMAN CLUBS -- Large hollow caveman style toy clubs--great
for fights and bodies dropping to the floor.
CLIP BOARDS - For gun shots or a metal trash can.
TOY RATCHET - Plastic New Year's noisemaker. Good for handcuffs, winches, drawbridges... ratchets.
VIBRO PEN - A "Dizzy Doodler" pen that writes wobbly--for
planes/jackhammers. Turn it on and apply the top (not the pen) to a cardboard
box for a convincing airplane. Do the same on a stack of saucers and you'll
have a great jack-hammer.
TOY CELL-PHONE - For radars, space beeps, even cell-phones!
PLASTIC EGG MARACAS - for jungles, rattlesnakes, weirdness. You could make some with plastic easter eggs and rice, but many music stores sell them.
WIND MACHINE - also useful for other mechanical sounds--machine guns, cars, rotors.
TEACUP SAUCERS - Good "dishes" sound. Apply vibro-pen to two stacked saucers for a great jack-hammer.
METAL SPOONS/SPATULAS -- Get a really big pancake flipping spatula and some large metal cooking spoons for great sword fights.
PLASTIC TUMBLER - For pouring water. Drop AA batteries in empty tumblers for ice cubes.
CIRCUIT BREAKER - A home circuit breaker (the kind that go in electrical panels) gives you that old fashioned, LOUD click of a light switch.
COMPILED SOUND EFFECT “HOW TO”:
Twist a little bird call. (Not too often, though). Available at camping outfitters.
BODY DROPS TO GROUND:
BREAKING THINGS. (FURNITURE,
CABIN DOOR OPENING
CAR DRIVES OFF:
COOKIE TIMER RINGS:
COOKIE TRAY DROPPED:
COWBOY BOOTS WALKING
CRAWLING IN UNDERBRUSH:
FACE BEING SLAPPED:
FIGHT BELL RINGS:
FOOTSTEPS on UNDERBRUSH:
GIFT WRAPPING PAPER
HAND PICKS UP PHONE:
ICE CUBES IN A GLASS:
NATIVE AMERICAN DRUM
(ONE-2-3-4, ONE-2-3-4 ETC.):
CAR DOOR SLAMS:
OVEN DOOR OPENS:
RAY GUN BLAST :
SLIDE WHISTLE DOWN:
TAPPING ON WINDOW:
Information from: Re-creating Radio Workshop