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Old 07-31-2006, 01:00 PM   #1
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Dumb SFX question...

I was going through an old script of mine where I have this guy frantically discharging his Beretta M82 when I realised.......... I dont like the SFX.
"Bam! Bam! Bam!" was nice in the 1970s, but it somehow seems weird now.

Ive never had the oportunity of witmessing a Beretta M92 firing (thank God! since with my luck Id probably be on the receiving end ), so I have no idea of what it sounds like.

Any ideas?

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:02 PM   #2
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I've always been partial to: BRAK!

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Old 07-31-2006, 01:17 PM   #3
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Don Martin in Mad Magazine was the master of the sound effect - the sound of water dripping was "POIT!" - but I'm not really sure how important it is - anything with a hard K sound is going to work for a gun discharge I think - there is a bit of a "P' sound to a maller caliber round, bigger ones have more of a boom.

I can tell the difference between gunfire and a firecracker mainly because of the distinct sound a bullet makes as it tears through the air, kind of an doppler echo effect that is distinct from an ordinary echo - kinda like, "KR-ACK -AK -K..." - but that's from a distance, and I doubt most readers would get it.

I think as long as you can see the muzzle flash, the reader will get it - harder I think is the sound of a slide being pulled back and a round chambered, which they always do in film because it sounds so ominous - "SHLIK-INK!"
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Old 07-31-2006, 01:52 PM   #4
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Anyone have a list of SFX? I've always been weak in the SFX department, mainly because I like the art to show the action and not have SFX at all. But I realize that sometimes it makes the page better. A good list of SFX would be great.
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Oh, I second that,...I would love to see a list of good SFX. For my knowledge sucks in this department.
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Old 07-31-2006, 02:53 PM   #6
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Some that I've made and used over the last year.

By no means a comprehensive list, but maybe it'll help with this conversation?

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Got these from a thread on ScrypticStudios.com a while back...

Try
http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/300...om/bzzurkk.htm
(Pretty much a list a of sounds grouped by general category)

and

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/300...Kaboomhome.htm
(Scroll down to the alphabetical listing for a more comprehensive list)
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Old 07-31-2006, 03:49 PM   #8
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Nice start. I've been looking for a good, comprehensive book on Onomatopoeia for a while. I'm sure someone's got one somewhere, I just haven't found it yet.
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There was a very comprehensive list somewhere online that I remember seeing a couple of years ago. (So comprehensive that I remember it being a little over the top.) I'll be damned if I can remember the address though.

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Don't use SFX, and have the guy screaming instead.
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There was a link above, but the only resource I remember is Kaboom.

http://epe.lac-bac.gc.ca/100/200/300/ktaylor/kaboom/

That might be an interesting project to restart that, get user entries.
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A 9mm sounds more sharp, more KRAK than BOOM or BAM. That's what I usually use for a 9...KRAK or if their double-tapping (two shots close together) KRA-KAK.
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Of course I imagine the majority of comics readers have never fired a gun and would never know the difference as long as you don't use POOF or SQUONK for gunfire, you'd probably be safe.
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