WHAT IS THIS FAMOUS SOUND EFFECT?? (Metallic feedback-type screech)

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by DirectCollision, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. DirectCollision, Feb 11, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2012

    DirectCollision macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    Montréal, Canada

    I've been literally searching for months to try to find out what sound this is! I've found very similar ones, but still not this. It's something in the vein of a metallic screech or distorted feedback. That's the closest description. It's heard in countless film trailers, shows, movies, etc. Very distinct, everyone that I've showed it to recognises it and has heard it before (like the Wilhelm scream), but can't put their fingers on what it is exactly...


    Thanks in advance,

    (The sound attached is from The Mothman Prophecies.)
  2. cheekypaul macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2005

    it's a cymbal being bowed. . i think.

    or possibly the waterphone (LINK)
  3. DirectCollision thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2012
    Montréal, Canada
    Come to think of it, it DOES sound a lot like a bowed cymbal. Thanks for the response! :)
  4. localoid macrumors 68020


    Feb 20, 2007
    America's Third World
    I'm not certain if it's a bowed cymbal or a cymbal scratch. The attack of bowed cymbals is usually slower sounding, but then that can be changed via editing, etc. But at any rate, bowed, scratched, and scraped cymbals can make rather interesting snip-its of noise.

    Here's a cymbal-scratch based sound effect that I made from a CC sound sample that you (or anyone else) can have if you have use for such things.
  5. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008

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