Brown River Queen cover art

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Proton Pack Redux

I made a few changes and additions to the Steampunk Ghostbuster Proton Pack this week. 
Most notably, it now has sound!
The small lighted Bluetooth player mounted at the top takes microSD cards, so I built a looping sound file to add some life to the thing. The track is 15 minutes long, and then it just repeats until I turn the player off.
I went through several sound builds until I found one I liked. The first couple sounded great, but were a bit too modern to fit the steampunk theme of the pack. Finally, I went back to the drawing board, laid down a background of hissing steam and shuttling gears, and then added in a few bells, the scrape of metal on metal, a bit of antique sewing machine, and a dash of randomly-reversed chime sounds.
I think the end result fits the build perfectly. I posted a short video with the sounds and lights running below.
If anyone is curious, I built the soundtrack using Audacity, which is a free sound editing program so easy to use even a Frank can run it. The image below shows part of the audio creation process. Each row represents a different audio track. You can move them, apply various effects, add, delete, and re-arrange as much as you like. Then you merge the tracks, and viola! Your very own audio track.

You can probably guess by looking at what some of the tracks represent. The top one, the fat one, is the steam hiss. The second from the bottom, the regular series of small ticks, is a clock. The rest are bursts of sounds I thought were interesting.
All the sounds were free, downloaded from 
As promised, the video is below. It's pretty dark, but dammit, Jim, I'm a writer, not a cinematographer.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant! I love it! I hope you get video of you wearing it at a con sometime. Good work, as always, Frank.