sound effects modules

Hello!! I am planning several Halloween props that will benefit bigly from sound effects. For instance...I'm working on a mantel version of the demonic grandfather clock in Disney's Haunted Mansion. It would be awesome to have the sound of the ominous ticking, backed with a chime, that the "real" clock has. This could be an audio loop of just a few seconds. Some of the other parts of my scheme would be enhanced with short loops of sound effects or mood music...a minute or two at most. I don't have a background in electronics, but I can follow directions. Any advice on constructing a few, small sound effects modules? Thanks!!

Topic by Purple Chez 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Is there a sound effects machine?

Is there a machine or something you can make where you can plug in sound effects files and then as you push different buttons it will play the effects on cue? I have been searching and can't seem to find anything. Thanks for the help.

Question by payne.kj 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Sound effect button?

I'd like some instructions on how to make a button that plays the same 2-3 second audio sound when it is pressed. It should be able to last for a pretty long while if you know how to do that. I want it to look like it's DIY and not from a factory but also good enough that someone would put it on their desk.  I need the cheapest possible way to do this as well as instructions for a dummy who doesn't know much about technology. Thanks to anyone who can help!!

Question by Tofus 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

Sound Effect Search

Alright, so I want a ringtone of the Chopper Gunner's cannon firing from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. But I can't seem to find it. I need help, please. Thank you.

Topic by DrWeird117 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how to convert an audible sound into visual?

From the Barkhausen effect, one can hear a cracking sound, how can that sound be turned into a visual signal?

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 7 months ago

how do i make effect guitar sound and connect to my pc or amp?

Question by The Creativer Man 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

How to Build a Custom Sound Effect Alarm Clock

Hey, I wanted to build an alarm clock with multiple, customized sound effects that could be chosen instead of randomized. I'm really new to instructables, and electronics in general, but I've thinking about this project for a long time and I'm willing to learn just about anything to get it done. Where can I find an instructable or link that will point me the way? Thanks!

Question by bryanquocle 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Arduino/Lilypad to play sound effects?

Hi there. I am looking to turn myself into a living cartoon. What the hell am I talking about you say? I want to use various accelerometers, bend sensors, and the like to detect certain movements/actions and play a certain accompanying cartoon sound effects (think Johnny Bravos whip noises when he poses. etc.) How would I go about using either lilypad or a regular ol arduino unit to control sounds? I would obviously need mp3/wav capability. 

Topic by ThorsMitersaw 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

What effects are in this song? Answered

In the song "Barely Breathing" by the Hold steady, lead-singer Craig Finn does something interesting with this voice at around 0:19. After watching live versions of the song, I'm pretty sure it's post-production. If it  actually was a series of pedals, how would this be achieved? To me, it sounds like reverb with delay. What do you think? Thanks, Noahh

Question by noahh 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Laser firing sound?

I need a simple cheap way to make a laser during sound fir a project. I don't want something complex like the stormtrooper blaster, but a simmilar sound would be neat. I can fit 3 9v batteries into the case. Also note I will be using a momentary switch to power LEDs fir a flash effect, and I don't want to gave to turn it down. Simple and small is what I need. Whatever works gets best answer and credit in my instructable.

Question by XOIIO 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Ideas for live sound effects mixer-player?

Hi, I'm trying to build a remote device whereby I can play multiple recorded sounds over my stereo speaker system, sometimes simultaneously. Imagine as a Halloween project, for example, I would want the sound of a wind storm going continuously, and then occasionally hit a button or slider with another sound, like wolves howling, footsteps, a creaky gate, etc. Ideally I could play as many sounds as I wanted at a time on discrete channels, and each would be mixable... all that in as small a mechanism as possible. Any thoughts/ideas/referrals?  Does this sound like a job for an arduino? Thanks for reading!

Topic by kennan 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

I'm trying to make something for my boys with several buttons, where each button plays a specific sound effect. Answered

Any ideas on best way to do this?

Question by payne.kj 8 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Spontaneous echo effect? Answered

I was thinking of the old teddy bears which let kids talk to them and a chip recorded the sound and talked back. That made me think how creepy it would be to people walking through a Halloween haunt if they suddenly heard their own words repeated behind them. A quick search led me to this site: It seems pretty inexpensive, but you need to hold down a button to record and push another to playback. Any electronic geniuses who could create an ambiance prop that records and plays back ever 10-20 seconds or so? Hopefully one that does not involve elaborate reprogramming. Maybe there is an off the shelf option I am not aware of. That would be welcome too.

Question by justjimAZ 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Effects of Inductors Coupling?

This is a follow up post from this thread >> (It was about how to fix my Wah-Wah guitar pedal, it turns out the Inductor was not working, so I replaced it) I replaced a broken 500mh INDUCTOR in my guitar pedal with a new one. It works now. However, I am planning on keeping the broken inductor in my wah wah pedal (because it yielded a cool volume pedal sound). I want to rig up the circuit so that I can switch from from the GOOD conductor to the BAD conductor. My questions are: Will there be any major effects from having two inductors coupling? Should I be wary of the 'winding' of the coils? If so, what should I do in order to be consistent with the winding? And out of curiosity, how could I rig this up?  Here is the schematic >> 500mh Inductor = L1 I have 3 terminal DPST switch. This is how I imagine rigging it up: I'm thinking of having wires from the inductor terminals on the PCB wired to a terminal on the SWITCH, then to the INDUCTOR, and then back to the PCB. The same follows for the other (bad) inductor. If this is not clear, please let me know, or feel free to post a better way to rig this up. In summary for this last question How could I rig this circuit to switch between two inductors? Thanks.

Topic by Grizzly_Bear 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

how can I make a cricket chirping sound w/o electronics?

I'm trying to figure out a way to produce a realistic cricket chirping sound, using something mechanical (i.e., not electronic).  So far, I'm not having much luck.  The only examples I've found of what people are calling "cricket noisemakers" are either big carved wooden cricket-shaped toys with a serrated part that you rub a stick against (which doesn't sound remotely like a cricket) or the WWII metal clicker that was called a cricket, but sounds even less like one. A cork twisting in a tapered wooden hole produces a squeak, but crickets use "stridulation" which, if you slow the sound down, is actually comprised of about 6 individual tones in rapid succession.  That's a complication I'm still trying to wrap my head around. Any suggestions? Point of reference:

Topic by Bricology 2 years ago  |  last reply 1 year ago

NES Zapper laser gun w/sound effects

Hi Everyone, I came across the NES Zapper laser mod that burns things recently, and it lit a fire under my backside to do a similar build.  I've scoured various other resources and have yet to come across exactly what I'm looking to do.  And yes, I have already done a forum search for this project.  So, since I found the NES Zapper laser gun on Instructables, it seemed only right that I reach out to the Instructables community for assistance in making this project a reality. I am a rookie at this sort of stuff, but really want to make this happen.  I would like the battery to remain inside the Zapper, rechargeable by way of the female AC adapter connector.  I'd also like to add sound effects, so a speaker and soundcard is going to be needed.  I need help with the wiring circuit so I can adequately power the Laser, LEDs and sound effect without frying anything.  Below is a list of the components that I know of, I know there are others I'll need which is where I hope those of you reading this can help me out. 1 x Nintendo Entertainment System Zapper pistol 1 x 230-250mW 532nm laser 1-3 x Diffused Green LEDs 1 x Rechargeable CR123A 3.7 Lithium-Ion Battery (OLight has built in circuit board to prevent overcharging, over discharging and over discharge current) 1 x CR123A battery housing (found on thingiverse) Any help would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks in advance! Dan Solo

Topic by DanSolo81 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How can I make an old-school Sonovox?

 Not the one with the tube- I mean the one with the speakers on the throat. Haven't found anything on the net, other than that damn commercial.

Question by GorgonauT 9 years ago  |  last reply 2 months ago

Roll over ads with sound

The "roll over "ads that have talking messages and sound are most annoying. So bad, they will cover an area I want to click. Some of them won't close until they have there say.  I was so turned off that I closed the page and left. I hope instructables will see the negative effect these have and put an end to it. Two of them popped up at the "6 cent throwie" and at the "contact us" page. I believe one was titled Hangover Days and some other concerning Microsoft.

Topic by botronics 9 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

Someone help! DIY wah wah guitar effect

Instructables community, I am 13, just learning to play guitar, and want some awesome effects to spice up my sound. I have seen the kits for DIY wah wah effects and wish to make one. I don't plan on etching my own circuit board, and i don't want to buy one. All of the schematics are pretty complicated and i have no idea how to decipher them. I will probably end up using a protoboard; but can someone simplify the plans and/or give me the links to the parts i need? Thanks in advance, -Nick

Topic by tubbychick3n 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago

Does this sound too much like spam? Answered

I'm currently working on an instructable on how to determine what sound equipment will best fit your needs.  I have a step in there about effects, however, I strongly believe that if you are going to use effects, that you should use Lexicon.  I say as much in my instructable, but I don't want anyone to think I work for Lexicon, or am somehow advancing myself by promoting Lexicon.  I have included the excerpt that I am concerned about below.  If you could tell whether or not you think it sounds like spam, that would be great.  Also, if you do think it sounds like spam, could you give me some suggestions about how I could revise it so that it doesn't? If most people seem to think it doesn't sound like spam, best answer will go to the first person who responds as such.  Otherwise, it will go to the person who can suggest the best way to revise it.  Thanks in advance! Excerpt: "If you decide that you need an effects processor for your system, I would recommend an "all around" effects processor that has all of the major effects on it such as delay, echo, reverb, pitch shift, etc.  It should also have good parameter adjustments on it so that you can tweak it.  A decent effects processor would be here.  It is pretty much the only effects processor that I will use.  It's not cheap, but it is worth every penny.  Lexicon is considered the leader in effects, so even if you can't afford the one I linked (the MX200), try to look for a Lexicon that you can afford."

Question by thegeeke 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

can you hack a toy to change it's sound & light funtions?

Is there a setup were you can hook up a toy to a computer & change the light & sound effects? I know the chip is small & covered over but a black epoxy, but is there a way  to get to it, touch an exposed wire running out of the chip to download new effect? Is there a substance to melt the curios black cover over the tinny chip?  

Topic by elkaddalek 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

Toy Gun speakers, or premade circuit with sounds effects for charging

I am making retro-50's laser gun and want it to make a charging sound when I "turn it on", before I fire it and maybe even have it make a retro sounding laser shooting sound.  However, I have been unable to locate pre recorded speakers and circuits. I have looked at toy guns, becuase the size would be about right. I need it to be smaller and fit inside a smaller cavity. Does anyone here know of a place to buy such an item?  Do they even exist? Or is their a way to record sounds and then have them playback using a simple triger method. Thanks, Bonnonon

Topic by Bonnonon 8 years ago

Is there a good glue that is not effected by cold temps?

The stone attached to one of my husbands tie tacks came off--it was glued on.  I think the reason it came off is that he was out in the cold a lot that day.  Does this sound reasonable?  Is there a glue out there somewhere that is not effected by temperatures? Thanks in advance!

Question by gemjunkie 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 months ago

Southern cali Lights & Sound

What's Up,   I'm looking for a Hip-Hop fan that are also tech nerds.  I have a few ideas for some stage sets that I want to include in my performances.  They will include syncing lights with sound and apply some other creative effects.  I'm looking for someone in the Southern California area that can help me with the wiring and logistic.  I already know what I want, and I will pay for all the supplies.  I will also pay who ever helps me, but i dont have much.  I would like to meet over the course of the next couple of weeks and get everything organized.  Then spend a month or 2 getting all the supplies and then a month or 2 building

Topic by Esko 7 years ago

Southern Cali Lights & Sound

Southern Cali Lights & Sound What's Up, I'm looking for a Hip-Hop fan that are also tech nerds. I have a few ideas for some stage sets that I want to include in my performances. They will include syncing lights with sound and apply some other creative effects. I'm looking for someone in the Southern California area that can help me with the wiring and logistic. I already know what I want, and I will pay for all the supplies. I will also pay who ever helps me, but i dont have much. I would like to meet over the course of the next couple of weeks and get everything organized. Then spend a month or 2 getting all the supplies and then a month or 2 building

Topic by Esko 7 years ago

is there a pedal that can control the volume of a effect into the mix by bringing the effect(distortion)?

Ok, Im in a group that plays alot of shows and im allways looking for a way to improve my live sound.What im needin to know is if there is a pedal(like a wah or volume) that can sepratly control my distortion with out affectting my original sound.Now i know that most any pedal does have a affect unless its true bypass but i'm wanting to be able to bring my distortion into my sound like a volume pedal but it only needs to control the distortion and not the volume of my amp.I can get a similar effect by rolling back my volme on my guitar and clicking the pedal on while roling my volume back up and it makes the effect of the distorton being 'breathed' into my sound.Anyway i duno if there is a pedal like this or if i would have to build one. i'v heard this idea somewhere before and never heard how or if it has been done so thank you and i hop someone can help me out! thanks!

Question by checkpointcharlie 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

how do I make a sound reactive for anything to plug into? Answered

Hi, I have seen many different types of sound reactive adapters, but I am looking to make something that is kind of like the "clapper" where you can plug any appliance into and then is sound reactive to music.  Now for example, if i wanted to plug in some Christmas lights, or a tube light into a plug adapter where it would light up to music.  I have cold cathodes that use the 4pin molex on my computer. if you are familiar with those, I am looking for the exact same effect except for me to use with a standard plug.

Question by 63 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Anyone help me wire some lighting/ sound effects for my son's Megaman costume?

I'm building a Megaman costume and I need to make a section of the blaster blink and make a charging noise, and then glow solid, and make a blasting noise. I have NO experience with wiring and electronics. I read a few good basic LED tutorials and successfully lit and LED w/o burning my house down, but I have no idea how to make this thing play a recorded sound or make the lights interact w/ the sound... Any suggestions? -Justin

Question by sockstudios 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

How does impedance effect headphones? Answered

I've decided that I want to buy Beyerdynamic DT 990 Pro Headphones but they come in three different impedances (and unimportant aesthetic variations).  It comes in 32 ohms ($349), 250 ohms ($260), and 600 ohms ($369).  I've already looked on the internet and it basically said that impedance does not effect sound quality but the MSRP on these differ up to 100+ dollars between models, what gives?  I will mostly be driving these headphones off a laptop and occasionally an ipod.

Question by cdubnbird 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

How would I make a computer generate sound effects on startup?

Here's the deal... I build computers as part of a hobby, and I often advice my friends and family. My sister would like me to build her an ultimate PC which she would like to title "Zeus." Now despite the fact that Zeus is the father of all gods, we have a budget, and I am thinking of a build that has only moderate-high speed that way there is some money left over for the aesthetics. I already plan on having a black case, possibly painted by an artist if I can find one. with a clear side panel and UV or white LED lights.  What I would like to do in an ideal world is have the LEDs flash on startup (like lightning) and then remain lit and have a sound effect played (like the sound of thunder) I am complete stumped on the lights for the moment but for the sound effect I was trying to figure out if there would be a way to remove one of the sound generators from one of those "halmark cards" and just plug it into a fan connector on the mobo for power or something. (Some minor guess work soldier work there). But the problem with that would be how do reprogram the flash memory that plays the specific sound file to a different sound file.  I could be going the wrong way about all of this, but I just thought of this idea the other day. I welcome any constructive ideas... 

Question by Joshua Breeding 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

on discovery channel's monster bug wars, are the 'sound effect' heard real?

On discovery channel's monster bug wars, are the 'sound effect' heard what you would hear if you saw these bugs fighting live?

Question by skimaskedjak 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

DIY Mandolin Rail for Tack Piano effect?

I've seen several videos in YouTube for pianos that have Mandolin Rails. These devices are felt strips attached to a metal "rail" that can be swung in and out of place to give a normal sounding upright piano a ragtime sound. They look pretty simple to make, but I have not found any webpages with instructions on how to build one. Anybody have any input? Most of the materials look like they would be readily available, except for the 88 metal tabs that go at the end of each felt tab. I found a website that sells the tabs pretty cheap  Here are a couple of YouTube videos that show Mandolin Rails in action:;=player_detailpage

Topic by jim5150jvc 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago

I deleted this question from instructables because they removed the ability to view an instuctable in its whole for free Answered

I deleted this question from instructables because they removed the ability to view an instuctable in its whole for free 11-2-09

Question by baudeagle 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

What fuzz pedal can do Fuzz Face and Tonebender?

I'm about to get my first fuzz pedal and I was wondering if there are any pedals that can do  a Fuzz Face sound and a Tonebender sound. I know the Barber Trifecta is pretty versatile and can definitely produce a Tonebender sound but can it produce any Fuzz Face sounds? Any suggestions? Thanks! -AG

Question by adamgillies 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

how would i inconspicuously sound proof my door? Answered

I need to sound proof a door however it needs to be quite minimalistic and effective any ideas?

Question by puregoldner 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

Wanted: Bionic Iron Man Armor (w/ Sound Effects) by Gundanium

Wanted: someone to build me one of these "Bionic Iron Man" kits for a reasonable fee or donate to my non-profit organization "Kids Heroes". Please let me know, email = dustin at ddcnet com

Topic by dbonea 6 years ago

How do I sync the sound fx to my flash animation?

 The problem occurs when I play the animation back, and the sound events are played ahead of the animation. say I add sound fx to frame 60- but when the animation plays, the sound starts around frame 40. Changing the properties between 'event, stream, and start' dosen't have any effect on the problem. any advice?  (Flash CS4, windows vista).

Question by KEYBOARDISBROKEN 9 years ago

Simulate sounds for RC Car using micro-controller and MP3 replay?

Hello!  I'm new micro-controller, very new.  I want to simulate custom sounds for my RC car.  What I want to do is spy on the car servos/esc and trigger different sound effects using this MP3 replay: Can someone help with what I need to make this work? Please be specific.  Thanks!

Question by triggerxxx 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

An Alarm Clock Idea - No Lights, No Sound

I'm a pretty deep sleeper, and I don't wake up very fast in the mornings, which is bad since I ride the school bus to school. I set my alarm clock, with a high volume, but it still doesn't wake me very good. I've thought of trying to make an alarm that flashes a strobe light, something like a deaf person might use, but didn't think it would work very good. So, my idea now is to think of a way to make an alarm clock that gives pulsating shocks when it goes off. I have absolutely (well, 99%) no idea how to connect it up, nor how to produce the shocks. I'm thinking a shock with high voltage, but low current, like static electricity. I figure that should wake me. Do y'all have any ideas, or better suggestions? Also, do you think that the shocks (if usable) would cause any dangerous effects on my health? Thanks!

Topic by Bran 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

push button mp3 player?

Hey. I was hoping somebody could help me with an idea i have for a costume. I'm making a costume for Tony Stark from Iron Man 3, with the headset. I can make the headset, but I wanted to add something to it. I want to be able to put a small device that will play sounds (JARVIS quotes) when you push a button. What I'm envisioning is something like you see in some toys. It has multiple sounds, but one button. It plays through one sound effect when you push the button, the next one the next time you push it, and so on. I've seen ones that will do a sound for each button with multiple buttons, but that's not really what I want. One button, multiple sounds, and it cycles through them. Thanks.

Question by Dustin Cox 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago

Looking for ideas on how to make a boom stick for sound effects (LOUD BOOM!!)

Hey everyone!!  I'm looking to make a loud boom-stick for our local high school football team.  We are the Pirates, and already have a pirate ship in our end-zone, but we are missing a cannon to "fire" after scoring a touchdown.  It has to be pneumatic, because..... well, let's just say explosives or flammables are NOT very welcome on campus!  Anyway, it will not fire a projectile either, but when finished we will mock it up to look like an old pirate cannon.  I would seriously like to make as loud of a BOOM as possible!  Thanks for any help!!

Topic by BrendanM59 2 years ago  |  last reply 2 years ago

How could you make a Pterodactyl shriek sound effect, without electronics or pre-made instruments?

Each year my school does a stomp class competition, you do some sort of performance, usually centered around percussion, without using any instruments or electronics. I intend to go quite thoroughly over the top this year. I'm building a 9-foot wooden T-Rex ( A scaled up version of kaptaink_cg 's instructable), and plating it with metal so it can be used as an instrument. I'm also making a Pterodactyl (same instructable). I wanted some way of making a screeching sound (something along the lines of this - but with out instruments or speakers.  The gym has a zipline I can attach this too, and I've been playing with ideas on how I can use the moving air as it falls to make the screech. I was thinking of the kids toys, like the pipe you turn upside down for a sound - but it's not quite the right sound. I've also played with the string and oatmeal container resonance chamber idea. Does anyone have any ideas on how this sort of sound effect could be made, or have any ideas about where to look?

Question by applesnacks 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Toilet Makes the Super Mario Bros. Warp Pipe Sound When Press the Flush Handle

I thought the games forum might like my Warp Pipe Sound Effect Toilet. Please rate it and vote if you like!

Topic by yardleydobon 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago

How do I make an effects pedal? Distortion, Reverb, any of them?

Basically looking to experiment and make my own things (how else do you refine a sound, ha) and honestly want to get any good starting notes/ steps to take off from.

Question by xirdnehimij 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago

av pros: how do I design an audio system for an *outdoor* theater?

I'm trying to come up with some specs for a mobile outdoor theater system and I could use some help with the audio work. If I have sound coming out of a DVD player, what components do I need? I was guessing a receiver, several speakers, and a subwoofer. What criteria are important for creating a system that sounds good outside? Can subwoofers even produce an effect when they're not inside? (I'm not concerned about weather-proofing as the system will be stored inside.)I also don't know whether it's worth going for surround sound or simple stereo, any advice?This thing would show movies to about 100 people. I have about $1500 for the audio system, so go nuts.. And thanks for any help!

Topic by moisture 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago

what software would be good for stopmotion videos without spending to much money?

Hello, one one of my favorite hobbies is making stop motion videos, but i make them on my 3ds. and with the 3ds you cannot add sound or have special effects. so i was wandering what kind of software i should get to make my stopmotion videos more realistic by adding sounds and effects.

Question by mr. 707 6 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago

if you added a second speaker instead of a port in the enclosure, what effect would that have on the sound?

I know that if you have a ported enclosure on a subwoofer its louder and if its sealed its more precise,  but what would happen if you put a second subwoofer in the enclosure instead of a port? what would the effect be? im just curious.

Question by tokymaru 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago

Does anybody here own a Barber Trifecta?

Just wondering if anyone here owns a trifecta. If you do, is it possible to get a Fuzz Face kind of sound out of it? Thanks! -AG

Question by adamgillies 8 years ago