I recently came into the possession of a Bamboo Cane about 4.5 feet long and used it to make several sound effects. I started by recording fast downward motion swishes by positioning a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones along with a Neumann KMR 81 Shotgun microphone. From those sounds I was able to sample them and play them back in different pitches and lengths. They work great for whoosh sounds and for creating Kung Fu fighting sound effects. With a little work I was also able to create the sound of an Axe Throw Sound Effect whistling through the air.
Listen to a sample: Bamboo Whoosh & Swish
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