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Author Topic: Prop Sound Effects  (Read 989 times)
Snr. Officer
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« on: November 06, 2009, 06:12:14 pm »

Has anyone built sound effect generators into any of your tactile steampunk projects.  If so I could use some advice on how to go about it.  I got an idea today about rigging up a mini sound generator into a project I'm working on that would make a steam(compressed air) hiss sound when triggered and was wondering if anyone had any tips on creating or purchasing the necessary components.


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sebastian Inkerman
Zeppelin Admiral
England England

scrounger and builder of mildly interesting stuff.

« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2009, 11:13:05 pm »

I have no idea how to do this, but for the greater good, if you find out, please share. I need this very thing in a project I am in the planning stages of. A friend of mine built an Ipod and mini battery powered marshall stack into a werewolf costume he made once, but it was needlessly cumbersome IMHO.

Zeppelin Admiral
United States United States

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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2009, 11:24:00 pm »

Look to model railroad!  Trust me, them boys know how to make it sound like pressurized steam in a small package.

For my own stuff, I rip a lot of guts out of old toys.

If you have a Dremmel, everything is compatible.
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The Green Dungeon Alchemist

« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2009, 11:35:30 pm »

You can get electronic steam engine sound effect kits Smiley google it chaps.
Try some mechanical sound effects though like whistles and reeds, small bellows to operate them are not hard to make! A hissing reed or series of tubes for a false steam-release is fantastically simple to make Smiley

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