There is a sound typically associated with a bright flash of light, which starts with a lower whirring noise, then breaks into a higher pitched sound. What is that type of sound called? I'm not sure how to begin searching for that, so a typical name for it would be very helpful.

It's something similar to what occurs at 0:41 in this youtube video (here's a link to a few seconds beforehand), where Naruto 6 tails transforms into Kyuubei in Naruto Generations.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Could you show us a youtube video which has this sound effect and what time it occurs, or relate to us a game that has this sound effect and at what point it occurs (e.g. the noise of a flashbang, etc)? \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 4:15
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    \$\begingroup\$ A klaxon alarm? youtube.com/watch?v=TGloWW0-XkE \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 4:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for that! Good question, too! Do you mean from the instant the screen blurs (and just before we see his eyes) to the explosion? It might not actually have a specific name, but it could fit into a more general category which does have a name. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 4:44
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    \$\begingroup\$ Honestly, unless it's a found sound, something you'd hear in real life, sound designers tend to speak to each other using terms like, "whoOOOoooOOooozzsshshsshWEEEEEING!" \$\endgroup\$ Commented Sep 25, 2012 at 5:12
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    \$\begingroup\$ @michael.bartnett Fibericon, what he says is the truth. My ex is a foley artist and laments that one of the worst parts of the job is the lack of searchability due to sounds not having a real descriptive vocabulary. The closest you can get is using musical terms for note texture along with ADSR. It is a mess. \$\endgroup\$
    – DampeS8N
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 12:36

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Don't really think there's a name for either the "blue chakra rising" or the "zoom in on eyes" effect. From what I can tell, the first is a waveform (maybe saw or triangle) that has a high pass filter with the cutoff frequency being swept up.

The second sounds like it uses a multi oscillator with a triangle/saw waveform and a noise wave which again uses a high pass filter with the cutoff frequency being swept up. The noise wave creates the sort of "whoosh" windy sound.

I am by no means an expert, but that's what it sounds like just for starters (along with a bunch of other effects, reverb, compression etc).

To demonstrate this go here: http://www.bfxr.net/

Change the wave to saw or triangle, set the "frequency" to low, the "frequency cutoff" all the way to the left and slowly increase the "frequency slide" towards the right.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Not only is that a good set of instructions for recreating the sound, that's an excellent resource! \$\endgroup\$
    – Fibericon
    Commented Sep 26, 2012 at 3:07

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