Looking to give your audio clips and songs a wholly original effect? Try these simple tricks and take your audio storytelling to a new dimension.

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Creating audio swells can be tricky. Finding unique sounds and effects that you haven’t used already or people haven’t heard a million times is hard. Zach Ramelan shows a few short and simple ways you can take your own sound recordings as well as a song you’re working with and tweak them to your favor. This trick is perfect for anybody needing to create any video with an ominous, weighty, or scary mood, but you can capture other moods as well. Let’s jump in.


Play with the Speed

This is a super simple method that requires minimal editing skills. Basically you’re just going to take your audio clip and lower the speed. Now, that’s an incredibly basic effect to apply, but the possibilities are kind of endless here. You can change the speed however you see fit and the clip will always sound different. In this example, Zach slows down a somber piano piece to give a very creepy, ethereal vibe that would work well for sci-fi or horror. You can also speed clips up, chop them up, piece them together, or cut them down. Play around with your sound to create some truly original noises that can make your project stand out.

Reverse the Sound

In the same vein as speeding or slowing down your audio clip, consider reversing the clip as well. Most sounds will be much different played in reverse, and if you add a speed change as well you’ll find that you’ve crafted a truly original sound unique to your project. If you’ve already licensed the song and the sound effect, you’re free to play around with and edit the file as much as you’d like!

Use Different Clips

Never rule out mixing and matching audio if you have an empty space where nothing will fit. This is a good trick for anybody receiving and working with various sources of media, including different cameras, recording devices, or multiple SD cards. In the example shown above, Zach uses a clip from his phone footage to blend the scene into one cohesive piece of story telling. Even if the audio is terrible, you can slow it down, reverse it, add on some audio effects, or place it behind other audio to give off more of an ambient effect. Don’t be so quick to rule out your phone recordings just because they might be lower quality.