TONSTURM 14 | Tremor features haunting rattle and earth shaking rumble sound effects. We transduced low frequent bass and impact sound waves into huge objects like train wagons, wooden storage racks, big metal gates but also smaller setups like wine glasses, telephones, plastic cases and and a lot more. With this library we captured all droning, rumble, rattle and shake sound effects one could ever wish for.

The library is available in two different formats:

TONSTURM 14 | Tremor – LCR and Stereo @192 kHz
Includes 3.0 LCR, 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono recordings. Recorded and mastered @ 192 kHz

TONSTURM 14 | Tremor – Stereo @96 kHz
Includes 2.0 Stereo and 1.0 Mono recordings @ 96 kHz

Recording Tremor

The Bass shakers:
Our goal was to come up with spectacular and high quality sounding shake, rumble and rattle sound effects. We did a lot of research and tried existing methods where a subwoofer is used e.t.c. Finally we got introduced to the vibro tactile super accurate IBeam bass shakers. These do not only rumble at a fixed frequency like other available bass shakers. Only the IBEAM generates previously unknown ultraprecise vibrations and frequencies and generates linear frequencies from the deepest bass up to the mid frequency spectrum. For Tremor we build a portable setup that allowed us to attach these powerful bass transducers to all kind of objects and setups we chose to.

Objects and Locations:

We wanted to feature a huge variety of materials, sizes of objects and recording locations. One part of the library was recorded in different studio environments, the other part at special real world locations which we have scouted before. For example a part of the wood devices were record in a wooden house. Further we recorded at the amazing foley stage of the Torus studios where we had access to a huge variety of interesting probs: big massive steel plates, a car door, wood framed door, shelves, rocks and stones e.t.c. This was the perfect environment to also record a lot of misc like plates, dishes, wine glasses telephones or cooking pots rattling on a board.
From the beginning on we had planned to also make really big objects shake, rumble and resonate. After we had spent days of research and driving around to find the perfect location we finally were introduced to a private museum where they keep old train wagons and locomotives. It is actually an old engine shed hall full of historic trains and locomotives that partly date back to 1914. These huge metal locomotives combined with our powerful bass shaker setup delivered all the huge droning, rumbling and rattling sounds we have dreamed off.

The recording equipment:

We used different kind of microphone setups to come up with a lot of variety in the recordings. The Cinela Al Tri 8000 L,C,R is one of our main microphone setups. If you buy the LCR version of the library you have access to rumble and rattle sound effects that instantly fill the full LCR front in one go. If you split the LCR files up you get the best possible Stereo or Mono version as every channel is a discrete recording. We also worked with wide spaced omnis, shot gun mics, Trance Audio piezos and for an extra bass heavy sound character our secret weapon the Sennheiser e602-II BD microphone. All these different microphone characters and channel setups are invaluable for your sound design projects.


1 * AL-TRI-8000 LCR Rig:
2 * Sennheiser MKH 8040 for LR
1 * Sennheiser MKH 8050 for Center

2 * Sennheiser MKH 8020
1 * Sennheiser MKH 8030
1 * Sony PCM D100
1 * Neumann KMR 81
1 * E602-II

1 * Sound Devices 744
1 * Sound Devices 702
1 * Sony PCM D100