Most people’s idea of what an elephant sounds like is a simple, classic trumpet sound, but if you’ve spent a good amount of time with elephants or listened to elephant recordings you know that they’re capable of producing a huge variety of sounds. Elephant sounds have been used in countless movies, television shows and video games by some of the worlds most famous sound designers. They’re used as design elements for creatures, spaceships, explosions, super powers, magic and more.
Like most exotic animal recordings though, they’re not exactly easy to get your hands on. If people at a large audio facility or a top sound designer, go through all the trouble and expense of recording elephants, those sounds stay with them on their hard drives. You can find sporadic recordings as part of a larger collection, or one-off sounds that you can buy individually, but NOTHING like what you’d find in most major studios’ sound libraries. I’ve set out to change that.
After some research, planning, a lot of dead ends and a few LUCKY coincidences I was fortunate enough to meet some extraordinary people in Thailand. I met elephant trainers (known as mahouts), sanctuary owners, and tour guides. With their help I had access to record dozens of elephants; calves to full grown bulls, sourced specifically for this project from a pool of over 500 elephants.
I sent over links and recordings of the types of sounds I was interested in and we mapped out our recording sessions from there. A number of these sounds the elephants made on cue, with multiple variations of each sound, on a reward basis. Others were based on specific elephant behaviors. These included Elephant Mating and Group Greeting in which 2 elephants met up with a third solo elephant and couldn't stop roaring, chirping, trumpeting and rumbling.
Elephants have a ridiculously wide dynamic range which makes it difficult to record their faintest elephant breath without distorting their loudest trumpets, chirps, or roars. When you listen to EITR you'll hear all of the subtlety of the quietest elephant sounds and all of the detail of the loudest roars and trumpets - completely distortion free, recorded at 24/192kHz to withstand extreme pitch bending and still have amazing clarity.
Elephant sounds have been used for years and are useful for a number of sound design applications, but until now they've been either out of reach for most of us, or recorded at a sub-standard level. Elephants In The Room is the first library to bridge that gap and provide high quality elephant sound effects within reach of free-lance sound designers everywhere.