That Cinematic Boom

You know, the sound you often hear at the beginning of a movie trailer. It adds suspense to a scene, and film scorers use it to great effect. This sound effect is also very simple to create, and we can render one quickly in any DAW.

We only need two things: the transient and the atmosphere.

For the transient, we're going to use a deep tom hit.

And for the atmosphere, we're going to use white noise.

Apply a lowpass filter to the white noise with a cutoff of around 250Hz to 500Hz. Adjust the levels so that the white noise is at least 6dB lower than the initial tom hit. On the master bus add a hall reverb with a long tail to diffuse the atmosphere (be careful not to drown the tom). You can enhance the final sound by boosting around 500Hz or 1kHz with an equalizer to add some punch.

Here's an example of what you can come up with in just a few seconds.

You can create some interesting effects using simple sounds. Just use your imagination and keep experimenting. If you want to try this yourself, you can download the sound files below. Have fun! (1.17MB)

Published on November 30, 2018





Mildon Maducdoc
Software Developer + Musician
Over 10 years of experience in software and audio.

Hi there! Since 2008, I have been sharing my applications and plugins through this website. My audio plugins and virtual instruments have been used by many music makers, producers, voice-over artists, and film-makers. I build tools that can fuel creativity and inspire musicians to make the right kind of noise.