I kept getting an http server error 503
That’s odd. You were supposed to get a message that said “We got your posting. You just have to wait.”
Was that meant as instructions for me? because if so, I have no idea how to do those things. Can you explain further / provide links/guides I can look or learn from?
That was thinking out loud…with my fingers.
It’s good when a poster gives us enough information and detail to go with. We have to build your world in our imaginations to do any good.
I’m weirdly appropriate for this job. I can do electric engineering and I know exactly what electric current sounds like when it arcs. Even better, I worked in Hollywood and I have a pretty good idea what people are expecting when an electric arc appears in a movie script.
My first step was to create a 60Hz sine wave. That is the exact character of the juice that falls out of the wall socket if you live in the US. Unfortunately, pure 60Hz doesn’t sound like very much. That’s one of the low, pleasant-sounding pedals on a pipe organ. So I jazzed it up a little by distorting it. I don’t know if you could follow the questions I posted to the senior elves on how to do that.
Distortion almost always creates higher musical tones in predictable multiples. In this case, distortion created additional tones at 180Hz, 300Hz, 420Hz, 540Hz, 660Hz.—and more. For reference, that tone the oboe plays at the beginning of an orchestra is A-440Hz. Clearly audible.
A side note. One of the tones that the TV networks ship back and forth to each other for sound calibration is 400Hz. I sweet-talked the Director of Engineering at NBC Washington to let us shift the Washington DC tone up to Concert A-440Hz. He, no stranger to whimsy, said yes. It may still be that way.
Anyway, Everybody Knows electric arcs have to be not only buzzy, but hissy, too. So I generated White (harsh) Noise and played that and the buzz at the same time.
Almost there. I used Effect > Fade-In to give me one second of loudness change from nothing to maximum over one second. That’s the one that sounds like a Jacob’s Ladder. That wasn’t quite dramatic enough, so I inserted a tiny fraction of silence as an abrupt contrast at the end. Copy/Paste four times.
I don’t like it, either. It’s too sterile and clean compared to a real electrical arc which is messy, erratic and dirty.
Google “Arc Welding.” I think that’s much more like what you want.
Scan up to 2:30. I wish he would just shut up long enough to capture the sound.