Creating Sound Effects

Sound effects make a game more exciting and enjoyable to play. In this activity you will create a few of your own sound effects.

Turn In: 4 Audacity project files (.AUP) named according to the sound effect. 4 WAV files exported from the 4 sound effects that you created. Word processing document describing the sounds effects and how they were created.

Think of sound effects that you might want to use in a game. Then think how you might create those sound effects using materials and items you have available. Do some research on how sound effects are created or how to create specific sound effects as needed.

Note: Do not do any tasks that could cause bodily harm. Be sure to have approval of your parent/guardian for any items that you are using.

A lot of sound effects can be created using ordinary items. Tapping metal, wood, plastic, or other items produces a variety of sounds. Running your finger nail or an object along the teeth of a comb.

Coins rattling together or in an empty metal can. Food crunching or shaken in a baggy (cereal, dry rice, dry beans, etc.). Doing a variety of things with water at different levels in a glass cups. Crinkling, ripping, or crumbling paper.

In addition to recording ordinary sounds, you can take those sounds and apply various effects from Audacity to them to come up with unique sound effects.

In games, sound effects are common when collisions happen, power pill is consumed, a new live is earned, a player moves, the enemy gets close to the player, a paint ball is launched, a correct (or incorrect) answer is selected, the end of a level is reached, or many other events.

After thinking through the 4 sound effects you want to create and how you want to create them, record each of the four sounds then apply any Audacity effects as needed. When recording, record more than you might need and reccord multiple times as needed to get the desired recording. Save a copy of your original recording before applying effects in case you need to go back and start over. It is easy to remove files you don't need after you have finished the project.

Have your word processing document open as you work on your sound effects and include the name of each of the sound effects you are creating, a brief description of that sound effect, the inspiration for the sound effect, what techniques/materials were used when recording the sound, and what Audacity effects you used to modify the recorded sound.

After creating and saving your sound effects as Audacity projects, export each of them to the WAV format. The WAV format can be used in a number of different applications including Construct2.

Note: Using a built-in microphone on your computer or a mobile device to record the sounds are sufficient. Separate microphones can be used to make a better quality recording if needed for future projects. Other musical devices such as guitars and keyboards can be used to create sounds used for sound effects as well. Search of MIDI if interested in using musical instruments.

Copyright © 2021 Eric Schumm. Permission granted to freely use this in your classroom.