Crossbow- any reccomendations

mrichelo

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I need to purchase a crossbow.

I am a sound FX editor and I'm working on a video game. I need a crossbow to record the sounds. I suppose it needs to be a full size one. I don't think the little pistol size ones would do the trick. We need to record ALOT of crossbow sounds.

Anyone know anything about crossbows? Any reccomendations for a reasonably priced one? Or point me in the right direction?

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Mark
 

cy

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I've got a Horton Legend SL crossbow. it's deadly accurate out past 45 yards. fitted with a scope, aiming is close to a rifle.

for what you need a lower end crossbow will do fine. mine sells for aprox. $550 at the local bow shop.
 

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Never heard a crossbow in action, so I don't know what differerences in sound there might be between simple pistol ones and the large compound types-
sportsmansguide.com has a whole slew of crossbows to look at, maybe start there.
I'd figure if you just want to get a twang sound, the single string ones might actually do better. Or are you looking to record the thwap! sound of it hitting the target?
 

mrichelo

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Winger,

D. All of the above. We need to record every sound a crossbow makes. cocking, twang, bolt impacts on target. What we call a "series."

We'll sweeten the sounds when we cut them to "picture." But we need specific, realisitic sounds.

I will check out Sportman's Guide. I've seen their site, I get their catalogs, it just didn't occur to me to check there. Thanks!!!

Cy, yeah $550 is a bit much for a crossbow we're gonna use for one day. Maybe we'll post it in B/S/T when we're done. :)

Thanks for your help!

Mark
 

Dirty Bob

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If you visit some archery forums, perhaps you could find someone locally who'd let you record the sounds of a crossbow. Seems like there'd have to be some crossbow shooters in NJ!

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Dirty Bob
 

gorn

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I've had a crossbow since the 60's. You want to find a wooden one to get the sounds you want. The new aluminum and composite ones just don't sound the same. Or you could buy a copy of Worlds of Warcraft and listen to the crossbow sounds it uses. The creaking is very authentic.
 
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