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I need a crystal clear sound of a zip being done up. Where's the best place to buy or order a sound effect?

Asked by richardhenry (12641points) June 19th, 2009

I have no particular budget in mind, but this sound needs to be really yummy. Any ideas?

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funkdaddy's avatar

istockphoto.com does audio now… did a quick search and came up with lots of zippery sounds. Including “zipper on girl’s leather pants” and “having a quick pee”... they might have what you’re looking for, and reasonably priced.

www.istockphoto.com

shadling21's avatar

Try freesound.org
Free SFX here, only pay close attention to the copyleft agreements!

fireside's avatar

Here are a couple of good paid options for various zipper sounds.
Which one depends on what you are using it for and how long the clip needs to be.

http://www.soundrangers.com/index.cfm?currentpage=1&fuseaction=category.display&category_id=479

http://www.audiosparx.com/sa/display/sounds.cfm/sound_group_iid.787

aprilsimnel's avatar

If you have the EP Chronic Town by R.E.M., on the song “Stumble”, there is a very clear sound of a zipper being done up, a beat and then Michael Stipe giggles, (apparently) taps his front teeth and says “Teeth!” at the beginning of the track. You’d have to isolate it with a audio file editor, but there you are; if you have the album it won’t cost you but 5 minutes of time.

DeanV's avatar

Actually, iMovie has a ton of sound effects built in. You may just want to check those out.

richardhenry's avatar

Thanks for the suggestions!

@dverhey I can’t spot a zip sound effect in there, but I’m wary of embedding them in a custom application since I can’t seem to easily find a license for them in any of the iMovie files or documentation.

Again, thanks for the suggestions. I’ll investigate these.

sandystrachan's avatar

Here are a few from a site i go to now and again . : zipper

richardhenry's avatar

@sandystrachan Thanks for the suggestion, but this sound will be distributed in a commercial application so I’d want to make sure there was an appropriate license attached that I could retain a copy of.

bettesbaby's avatar

non distorted sound of a zipper, how long is the zipper, how fast it is being closed and have you tried the record mode on the computer. You could also go to a professional recording studio, minimal cost of a 3 minute or less use of the recording device, you would have total rights to the sound and it would be Epic record quality. If you want a good sound….

bettesbaby's avatar

Have you tried iTunes? They have sound effects now, though I am not sure of the copy right. There are also public domain sites that have sound effects, good ones, I have used one or two for home goofing around with rerecording an old classic from ‘66. It sounded good, and because I only use it for home amusement I am not sure of the legal ramifications of it.

sandystrachan's avatar

If you still want a zipper sound , i could give it a try and make one for you . How long would you want the recording ?

richardhenry's avatar

@sandystrachan Thanks so much for the offer, but we found what we were after. That’s really kind of you though.

sandystrachan's avatar

Thats ok , i thought you might of . I should have offered first time round.

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