Got a sound in mind but can’t find the right one? Sometimes you just have to make it yourself. Here’s how to create whoosh sound effects for transitions and videos!

If you’ve spent any time on YouTube (which you almost certainly have), you’ll have probably noticed videos with transition sound effects. These are noises and sounds that accompany a scene or segment change. They help break up the content, whilst injecting an additional element of fun to the video.

A very popular example of such an effect is the whoosh or swoosh sound effect. At Synchedin, you can download a variety of whoosh sound effects to use in your content, whether it’s for a YouTube vlog transition, or Foley in a film project.

However, finding the right audio for your project is like finding the right hat for an outfit. You could have an immaculate ensemble painstakingly picked out, but if you pair it with a ridiculous or ill-fitting hat, the whole thing could be ruined. You don’t want to ruin a video you’ve spent hours, even days, on by adding audio that doesn’t fit properly. This is when creating your own sound effects becomes an attractive option!

Create Your Own Sound Effects

Creating your own sound effects probably sounds a bit daunting. Granted, in order to record quality effects, you do need a decent microphone. With that said, you can create sound effects using a basic phone microphone and some effects on a DAW.

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There are a number of reasons to be a contributor. One of the most attractive is the potential to earn passive income through your sounds, and another is the chance to help out fellow creatives by providing awesome effects they can use in content. Sign up to Synchedin, and start your contributor application today!

Making Whoosh Sound Effects

Now, onto the main event!

Just like with making fire SFX, a mixture of acoustic and synthesised sounds can go towards creating whooshes and swooshes. You will need:

You can use things like books, baking trays, pretty much whatever you like, and flap it quickly across your mic. This will create a nice whoosh of air that you can then manipulate in your DAW. Alternatively, you can make whoosh sounds with your mouth, moving the microphone past your face, to give the effect of motion.

Once you’ve recorded your whooshes, it’s time to edit. By fiddling with things like reverb and chorus, you can give your sounds a whole new feel. Also, playing with things like pitching down or eliminating high frequencies can give sounds more oomph.

In this video, cactuzz sound demonstrates how you can record whoosh sound effects, and which effects to add in post. With this information, you should be able to capture the perfect whoosh for whatever project you’re working on.