Welcome to RMC readers. My article on Layout Sound appears in the May, 2008, issue of RMC. To hear the soundtrack from the article, scroll down to the playing controls.
I'd like to add sound effects to the Shoebox Inglenook. Sounds could include:
As a first experiment, I downloaded a sound editor called Audacity, then downloaded several free sound tracks, including:
I built a sound file with the waves as a continuous background, the church bell ringing occasionally, and the geese flying by just once.
For a second version, I changed the waves to a gentler version and added
A slightly altered third version, with the hammer and water gains reduced and an occasional bicycle bell added, and now a later version with the bicycle bell sounding more realistic and a "bicycle drive-by" created by Jim Wells added. I've tinkered with the church bell, varying the gain and adding some delay for the more "distant" occurences.
Here's what it sounds like (about an 8mb mp3 file): Click below to hear the sound - turn your volume up, as some of the sound is fairly low volume - it's ambient, after all. This sound track lasts about 8 minutes.