Fireworks sounds are not difficult to capture, but getting clean fireworks sound effects takes a bit of trying. The best time of the year, obviously, to record fireworks sounds is the 4th of July in the United States and New Year's else where in the world. On those days, there is a plethora of firework sounds to record and the designers at SFXsource.com have certainly done their job.
Armed with a portable recorder, sound recordists can head down to the mall in Washington DC on the 4th of July and record some excellent firework sound effects. Often, a negative dB pad will be placed between the microphone and the recorder to decrease the intense input of the firework sound blast to create non-distorted firework sound clips. The SFXsource.com sound designers often employ this tactic. These types of recording sessions, amongst a huge crowd, will often include crowd reactions, applause, screaming and the like. So, these sfx not only fall into the firework sound effect category, but crowd sounds category as well.
Therefore, sometimes sound designers will purchase and set off their own fireworks to capture "clean" firework sounds. Bottle rockets and firecrackers are good types of fireworks to record in the privacy of ones own backyard. Cherry bombs, too, are excellent candidates for clean recordings without extra crowd noise. Finally, one bonus of recording firework sounds is that often times these recordings can be edited and eq-ed to be downloaded as explosion sfx. We hope you enjoy our firework sound effect collection here at SFXsource.com and here's a free fireworks sound effect to get you started! Bang, bang, bang!