Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/09/18

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Subject: [Leica] Explosions
From: "Johnny Deadman" <>
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 1999 10:11:34 +0100

> I'm always surprised by the loud, short, snappy "pop" sound of most real life
> movie explosions, as opposed to the prolonged blast sound one hears on the
> soundtrack.  I read once that the soundtrack versions come from extremely
> military explosions, far beyond the size of the movie explosions for which
> are used.

Yes, that's true, you always tend to use a bigger one than you need. Plus,
you tend to put on a lot of reverb -- even though outdoor sounds don't have
much reverb unless you're surrounded by mountains -- which accounts for the
long 'tail'of decay after the initial attack of the sound.

- --
Johnny Deadman

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