...Usually though, it just takes you to the same boring places and you let your ears bring you the rest of the way...
My latest journey was to the bottom of the ocean - audibly speaking. Realistically, I was in the bathroom for nearly an hour - splish splashing about! capturing water related audio samples to my hearts content! Bubbles, splashes, Vibrations, Thumps, Drips, Drops, Pours, Gargles, Drainings, Pops, Clinks and a pull chain toilet flush for good measure.
Won't it just sound like a Fecking idiot messing about in his bathroom? Well thats quite a reasonable question to ask - and no it won't! :P
There are many ways to get that underwater effect - mainly you just need to filter out the frequencies that don't travel well in water. Chop off all the highs for starts! Maybe Boost 500-1000Hz. Add some underwater 'bubbles' and 'sloshing' sounds. If you feel like its still not quite there you can combine that with some Delay / Reverb / Distortion depending on the sounds!
You could do the old microphone in a condom trick! but just be sure you don't use one with lubrication.. :P I've read about varying results - but I have heard people have gotten great results with a smaller contact microphone in a condom! and since i'm working on a project that requires quite a lot of underwater audio sounds - I think I might try investing in one!
On that note - Hold tight - part two is on the way.
~ Big Man Murph