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How to make a realistic rocks falling sound.

For an automated logo I need to have the sound of rocks falling. We did some experiments with pouring rocks out of a pail onto a padded surface and although the audio sounds passable when we do some eq and slowing down the audio I was wondering if someone else had some ideas??? Thanks in advance.
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For an automated logo I need to have the sound of rocks falling. We did some experiments with pouring rocks out of a pail onto a padded surface and although the audio sounds passable when we do some eq and slowing down the audio I was wondering if someone else had some ideas??? Thanks in advance.
The recordist has a rock library that might help:
The Recordist - Rocks & Dirt HD

I have dropped basketball sized rocks on other rocks or dirt and made them sound like boulders by pitching them down (use 96k recordings) and sweetening them with a sub harmonic synthesizer. Cracking them with a large sledgehammer worked as a sweetener. Softer rocks that split open upon impact sound more impressive than hard rocks like granite that only make a short transient impact. Big blocks of ice also work.
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Thanks for the replies.

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Also check out The Recordists' ice library. Ice impacts can be very useful in that they have a lot of mass, but tend not to be tonal in any way. Tonality in sound effects impacts can be useful, but also limiting.
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Depending on how many rocks there are, I've used some recordings of a bunch of galloping horses (with a bit of eq, maybe some pitch manipulation) for sweetening events like this. It mostly works with a large event that has a lot happening, I used it for a large rock formation coming up out of the ground.
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