SD24 Tuning Forks
Sound Effects Library

SD24 Tuning Forks

Regular price $59.00 USD


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  • In Tuning Forks, get a collection of microtonal metal sounds created by plunging tuning forks into water. Hear laser-like chirps with wild harmonics shifting. Hear microtonal beating and tonal kerplunks. Hear extended clattering from underwater impacts and bass drones with deep ominous character.
  • This library offers you the collection of surprising laser-like sounds from a quotidian sound source. Thanks for listening. 


  • Laser-like chirps
  • Complex microtonal impacts and textures
  • Wild harmonics
  • Resonant clattering
  • Singing musical tones
  • Please note: the "Pitch Shifted Demo" was made to demonstrate the potential of the sounds in this library. However, Tuning Forks does NOT include pitch shifted sounds, only mastered field recordings.


  • This was my first time recording sound design material using hydrophones. Here are a few of the things I learned.
  • Stereo hydrophones are essential. I hate the sounds of mono underwater.
  • I generally don't like the sound of hydrophones alone as well. So, I experimented with recording in Mid/Side above water and stereo H2a hydrophones below. Turns out, I love the combined sound of the acoustic mics with the hydrophones.
  • My Cinela blimp (which I've waterproofed for rain recording) worked perfectly. Because of the NixWax waterproofing, I could place the Mid/Side mics extremely close to the water. This yielded crisp detail, and the mics were completely protected from constant splashing.
  • With the perfect mic setup found, I proceeded to plunge tuning forks into water thousands of times in search of the perfect laser-like sounds!

            FILE LIST:

            GEAR USED:

            • Sennheiser MKH8040 pair and MKH30 in Mid/Side
            • Aquarian Audio H2a-XLR hydrophones
            • Sound Devices MixPre-6 and MixPre-3 II
            • Cinela Pianissimo Mid/Side Blimp
            • Mid/Side and Hydrophones are mixed into one stereo recording.

              LIBRARY INFO:

              Stereo Specs: 920 MB – 192 kHz / 24-bit – 78 stereo WAV files – 300+ sounds – Approx. 13 min total
              Metadata: CSV, Soundminer, BWAV, Universal Category System
              Categories: Materials & Textures, Metal, Water
              Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
              Mastering: read my Field Recording Mastering Rules for more info.
              Delivery: Instant - blazingly-fast - digital download
              License type: Single user, royalty-free - for a multi-user license, click here
              Sound Library Guarantee: If you're unhappy with my field recordings in any way, I'll give you store credit equal to the cost of the sound library. Read the full details – here.