Punching sound fx

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Julian
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Im trying to get hold of some punching and slapping sound fx.

Anyone got any advice?

I've tried to record the real thing but is sounds unrealistic.

Thanks for any help.

Julian

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Daniel
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Joined: Aug 10 1999

Hi Julian - I've heard that smashing a crisp lettuce or cabbage with a baseball or cricket bat can produce a nice fat crunchy punch sound. You may want to dampen the bat with a towel, or padding foam, to avoid too obvious a "slap" sound when they make contact. You may only get half a dozen goes at it before your lettuce becomes a messy green pulp though!

Or, fill a small canvas sack with rice or grain, hang it from the ceiling, and belt it with a bat also
gives a nice crunch.

Let me know if you try any of these and how it sounded!

Daniel

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Paul Rossi
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Joined: Jun 15 1999

Hi Julian,

In my old cine days I collected a number of BBC Sound Effects records (12" LPs) and I found them really useful. I recall there was one called "Sounds of Horror" or something like that and I searched my collection but only found it on cassette. Skimming through it there are a number of wierd sounds such as firing squads, ghosts, bats, "nutters in the attic" and the like but also a few slapping/punching sounds. I don't know where you would get hold of the record, but if it helps the reference of one album (includes: modern warfare/period battles/submarines/air raids etc) is "MONO RED 126M" and is dated 1972. Others are stereo and have but all have the "RED ***M" reference.

Hope it helps.

Regards,

Paul

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Julian
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Joined: Aug 24 2000

Thanks guys.

I've managed to get the fx I need by recording hand slapping & punching and then playing around with them in cool edit.

They turned out quite good.

Julian