Brother John’s

June 17, 2008

For Radio Girl

Filed under: General — Brother John @ 1:27 am
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Kelsi over at “The Radio Girl” recently posted a recording she made while wading into a swiftly moving creek. She wrote a funny post about what happened as she did that titled “Up the Creek“. Her original recording sounded like this: (Remember, headphones!)

I mentioned to her that only one channel had the actual recording of the creek. The other channel was mostly silence with a bit of noise hear and there. I told her I could clean it up if she wanted me to and she gave me the go ahead to try.

I removed the empty noisy channel and then reworked the remaining “Pure Creek Audio” channel by converting it to a true monaural track. This made the creek sound flat, totally centered when wearing headphones. I then divided the monaural track into a left/right stereo track and ever so slightly shifted one channel a bit out of sync from the original.

This is an old editing trick to simulate stereo sound. And it worked nicely here giving the creek a wider, fuller, three dimensional sound.

Then for fun, (because simple is never enough for Brother John) ;), I layered in some duck sound. Given the above mentioned story, that seemed an appropriate addition. I played around with both volume and depth with the ducks moving them back and forth throughout the soundscape.

I also added a touch of Canadian bird sound to add more depth.

Finally, there is another Canadian sound surprise toward the end. Can you guess what it is?

This was just me at play demonstrating what might be done with any captured audio. Give it a listen.. but remember the headphones!

With a bit more time, I’d probably ever so gently fade the sound out at the end so it wouldn’t be quite as abrupt. And I’d probably balance it more. But you’ll get the idea.

Brother John
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA




  1. That sounds wonderful, Brother J. Really crisp.

    You have a great ear. I like the quacks and chirps you layered in, but what was at the very end? A moose? A cow? Loons?

    Comment by kelsi — June 17, 2008 @ 11:21 am | Reply

  2. Kelsi, I added an animated GIF hint at the end of the post. 😉 Killing two birds with one stone as I’ve also been explaining to Don why his animated GIF didn’t animate on one of his posts. (Answer: He sized it and GIF’s will only play when left to their original size!).

    If you want the new soundtrack you are welcome to it. You can download it at:

    If you’d rather, I can also removed the nature layers and just give you the pure creek audio. Let me know. Do whatever you like with it. Don’t even need to mention my name. It’s yours if you want it.

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — June 17, 2008 @ 11:53 am | Reply

  3. Uh, I gotta go to the bathroom, be right back.


    (pretty cool John)

    Comment by Don Smith — June 17, 2008 @ 10:42 pm | Reply

  4. Thanks Brother J – I’m gonna swipe the whole thing from you.

    And from this day forward, by the power vested in me, I now pronounce you ‘Brother John, KING of all SFX’.

    Go forth, and use your title wisely…

    Comment by kelsi — June 18, 2008 @ 2:18 pm | Reply

  5. I just love the animated gif moose! I’m gonna nick it from you!

    Comment by Author — June 21, 2008 @ 4:12 am | Reply

  6. Author, Feel free. He’s a public domain moose! You can get him (and others) at Moose Pictures or copy and paste the link from below:

    Brother John
    Lansdowne, Pennsylvania USA

    Comment by Brother John — June 21, 2008 @ 8:05 am | Reply

  7. Hello – King of All SFX… what’s your mailing address? I have something to send you. When you get a chance, email it to me at

    Comment by kelsi — June 30, 2008 @ 11:54 pm | Reply

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