Thursday, 20 May 2010

Mobile Phone Vibrating Sound

Recently there has been a sound that I hear regularly in TV programmes, films and internet videos that keeps catching my attention when I hear it.

The Mobile Phone Vibration.



You can buy an MP3 version of this sound for £1. You are more than welcome to use it in your videos, films or compositions, just send me an e-mail or leave a comment and I'll send you a copy of the full license plus a .wav version.

Much like my version of it (above), it always sounds far too "boxy". It tends to catch me by surprise and pull me out of the program itself and makes me think for a second "Oh sweet, text message!" before the character on screen pulls out their mobile phone.

I created this boxiness by placing the mobile phone on top of a cardboard box and then place the microphone underneath it. This amplified the vibration.

Remember, calling a mobile phone will cause interference in the recording equipment. I actually recorded this by flicking on and off the vibrate switch on the phone.

This was a quick recording that I made, just to make a point. The cardboard box I used was quick beaten and battered. In another recording of this sound I would experiment with different boxes and chambers of different sizes and materials to see what would give a crispest sound.

2 comments:

GarethPrice said...

I can't find a blog entry for your latest podcast Ambiance series, Ep 3..

But I think it was fantastic when you added the rain!

Owen Price said...

Thanks. I liked who well it worked aswell.

I compiled all the podcast blog entries into one. Here they are: http://www.audious.co.uk/2010/05/audious-sound-design-podcast-ambience.html