Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

The Evolution of Windows Sounds

If you’ve been a user of the Microsoft Windows operating system, you know that each major version has had its own unique startup and shutdown sounds. Pod was kind enough to catalog most of these musical flourishes from Windows 3.1 through Windows 10. This older video captures a few more obscure variants.

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.

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The Sound of Skateboarding

The Sound of Skateboarding

(PG-13: Language) Skateboarders Tony Hawk, David Loy, and Keire Johnson spent a little time in the studio and on their boards, helping to record more that 650 different sounds that skateboards make. Then, the creative minds of Bonamaze set to chopping up the audio into rhythmic music track.

Video Game Rain Sounds

Video Game Rain Sounds

Looking for some nature sounds to help you relax or sleep? You could download one of the many white noise apps out there, or you could play FunWithGuru’s video clip, a 16-minute-long compilation of rain sounds captured from 50 different video games.

The Silence of Scotland

The Silence of Scotland

As part of his Silence Project, photographer Casper Rolsted takes a less-is-more approach to filmmaking with this footage of Scotland’s beauty, accompanied by immersive and relaxing sounds of nature. Best enjoyed with headphones with the volume cranked.

Engineering Product Sounds

Engineering Product Sounds

Did you know that vacuum cleaners don’t actually need to be as loud as they are? Cheddar explains how companies often manipulate the sounds their products make to make them more satisfying, to provide feedback, and to demonstrate that they are actually doing their job.

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Deal: Pzizz Pro

Sleep like it’s your job with Pzizz Pro. These specially mixed sounds help to get to sleep faster and stay asleep for your desired length – whether overnight or a quick power nap. Get a lifetime subscription at a limited time sale price The Awesomer Shop.

Laser Lake

Laser Lake

You’ll want to turn the volume up to get the most out of this clip, in which a frozen lake in Nevis, Minnesota makes some strange and unexpected sounds as chunks of ice crack and move. You might think it sounds like Star Wars, but us real geeks know it’s Tempest.

What Animoji Sound Like

What Animoji Sound Like

We fully anticipate that the iPhone X’s animoji will be overplayed any day now, but for the moment, we’re still enjoying their novelty. Beatboxer and impressionist RudiRok applies his vocal talents to imagine what each character might sound like.

The Apprehension Engine

The Apprehension Engine

A unique machine designed solely to produce eerie sounds for horror films. Luthier Tony Duggan-Smith created this combination of strings, rods, magnets, wood, and other found objects so Indie Film Maker could make original sounds instead of turning to a stock library.

Lampstorm

Lampstorm

YouTuber Mr. Cookies liked the sound his floorlamp made when he tapped its metal shade with a pen, so he decided to sample it and a few other lamp sounds, then sequenced them it into the 2001 Darude track, Sandstorm.

Assault Trombone

Assault Trombone

A kid plays a hilarious gizmo cobbled together from the butt of a rifle, a garden sprayer, and a brass horn. We certainly wouldn’t want to be on the business end of this half-vuvuzela, half-fart sound machine.

Fish Does a Burnout

Fish Does a Burnout

YouTuber Michael Ryan simply describes this brief clip as follows: “This massive V8 powered fish is dropping the fattest skid of the decade!” It seems only appropriate that this video was discovered by a Redditor going by the screenname YouTubeGoingDownhill.

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Scooter Upgrade

Scooter Upgrade

Despite the added weight, this ordinary scooter actually got much faster and more powerful thanks to the guy riding on the back seat. Toyota should totally offer this as an option for the Prius.

BMX Bike Sounds

BMX Bike Sounds

For his White Room Project, DJ and sound designer Sonny Blake decided to create a track using only the sounds captured while assembling a BMX bike. The sounds were manipulated with numerous effects, but it’s still a cool concept.

Mega Stomp Battle

Mega Stomp Battle

ThinkGeek powers up their Mega Stomp Panic noisemaker for 2013. The Mega Stomp Battle has almost 100 different sound effects and a hand control for weapon sounds. The perfect finishing touch for your Halloween costume.

Formula 1 Faucet

Formula 1 Faucet

Don’t have the constitution or finances to race in an actual Formula 1 car? Just do like this guy did, and head to your sink. Sure, it has none of the thrill of an actual F1 car, but you don’t have to worry about wrecks either.

Frozen Lake Laser Sounds

Frozen Lake Laser Sounds

We would not recommend getting too close to thin ice but thanks to YouTuber Brice Center we will now most likely be throwing rocks at the next slightly frozen body of water we come across.

Mega Stomp Panic

Mega Stomp Panic

Take your Halloween costume to the next level year by adding this gadget which produces crazy sound effects every time you take a step or stomp your feet. Our favorite sounds – 8-bit gaming hero.

Bleep Blap Bloop

Bleep Blap Bloop

We already know that Michael Winslow is the king of making funny noises with his mouth, but among everyday folk, do you think guys or girls can make better sound effects?

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Sounds of Aronofsky

Sounds of Aronofsky

From Pi to Black Swan, Darren Aronofsky is one of the most extraordinary directors of our time. Here, editor Kogonada puts together a mesmerizing, but brief edit of sounds and images from his films.

Sarah Hears Herself

Sarah Hears Herself

If you considered Operation Smile a success, then you’ll probably like this video Sloan Churman shot of his wife Sarah, born deaf, hearing her own voice the first time thanks to a cochlear implant.

Free NASA Ringtones

Free NASA Ringtones

Space cadets, load up your phone with classic moments in space exploration, including gems like “That’s one small step for man…“, “The Eagle has landed.” and “Houston, we’ve had a problem.

Animal Sounds

Animal Sounds

We’re not sure what the deal is with the old man in this video, but he’s decided to bomb this serious interview with random animal noises. Maybe he’s this girl’s grandfather?

Mel’s Hidden Talent

Mel’s Hidden Talent

A girl named Mel shows off her uncanny ability to sound like just about any animal you can throw at her. And no, we don’t advocate throwing animals at anyone, even if they do make faces like this.

The Sounds of Star Wars

The Sounds of Star Wars

This book offers an auditory history of Ben Burtt’s famed sound design from the classic films, along with a digital player which lets you hear over 250 samples of the sounds referenced in the book.

Skype Beatbox

Skype Beatbox

Beatboxer extraordinaire Hikakin is back with some new sounds. This time he does his best impression of a Skype call. The Police Academy sound effect guy would be so proud.

Bird Impersonator

Bird Impersonator

This amazing avian is the Michael Winslow of the forest. The Lyrebird copies the songs of at least 20 other species of birds, as well as the sounds of mechanical objects operated by nearby humans.

The History of the Typewriter

The History of the Typewriter

Remember Michael Winslow? You know, the guy with the stupid sound effects in the Police Academy flicks? Well, here he is doing what he does best. Here’s your 21 minute history lesson for the day.

Onkyo Wireless Headset

Onkyo Wireless Headset

Forget bluetooth: Onkyo’s MHP-UW2 wireless headset uses a 2.4Ghz wireless connection in order to deliver CD quality audio; the transmitter will work with all current iPods.

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony Marine Headunit

Sony’s CDX-H910UI is a splash-proof headunit, and is the first to work with iPods or iPhones via a USB port; part of their Marine line, you’ll of course need a boat for this to be useful.

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