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Review of "Ultimate Mud" SFX Library from The Recordist

At first blush you might think there is not an overwhelming call for mud SFX is the cannon of film and television. The best memory I have of mud in films of the top of my head is the mud slide scene in "Romancing the Stone" ending with Michael Douglas landing into the mud pool face first between Kathleen Edwards legs (it seemed so edgy in 1984).   But this collection is more about possibilities then then its name implies.  

The sounds of splats and squishes available through Sound Ideas are both over-used and tired at this point, but Ultimate Mud will reinvigorate you library with more spats, squirts and squishes then you will know what to do with.  I recently used this library to cut an animated scene of characters having a wet sponge fight.  Although the scene had no mud at all in it, I used the mud splats for all the impacts of the sponges smacking into characters faces and backs and it worked amazingly well.  The director had zero notes when the scene was screened.  This collection also features a bunch of "mud suction" sounds that have been very helpful.  I had to cut a clogged pipe sequence and without this collection I would have been in trouble.  I also used "mud pours" to fill out the sound of a man vomiting on a sidewalk.  Very gross but also very effective.

One of my favourite things about this collection is the metadata included in the files.  Simply drag the files into Soundminer and the metadata all appears and it is well thought out.  With 464 different SFX of mud I can see how it would have been difficult to describe the different FX in ways that clearly define individual sounds.  This problem is overcome with great words like "goopy", "gloppy", "spooge", "splatty" and "wet poof".  Once you dig into the sounds the difference between "splatty" and "squishy" is obvious and the library becomes easy to navigate.

This library goes for $50 US, and for that price is well worth the money, again just to add the fresh "splats" to your library, but there is a lot more worth using as well.  4 Stars!

The Recordist Ultimate Mud HD Pro • Files: 464 • Zip File Size: 638.8MB • Price: $50.00 US