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Large Metal Groan Sounds Recorded from an old Railway Turntable
I just got back form a backpacking trip to Monte Cristo just outside of Granite Falls, WA. I used a Sony D100 that I had set to a gain of 4. That was a really lucky guess as the recording came in just shy of clipping. I am really happy with the results which were some deep metallic drones and groans.
Recording an Industrial Machine Sound in a Parking Garage
Here is a recording I snagged while I was leaving the 24 Hour Fitness in Bellevue WA. I have often heard this one off weird metal screech sound in the parking garage but I was never able to place a face to the sound until now. I also captured a nice machine texture to go with it. This was recorded with a Wildtronics SAAM (Stereo Ambient Array Microphone) going into a Sony M10 recorder. I apologize if this video is a bit lower quality then my usual videos but I shot and edited it entirely on my iPhone. I am experimenting with a new app called Luma Fusion and I wanted to test it out to see how I like it as an alternative to Premiere.
Stereo Microphone Configuration Shootout - BMW M3 CS
I recently did a microphone configuration shootout to experiement with some different stereo field recording techniques. I pitted a pair of Sennheiser 8040's (ORTF) vs a pair of Sennheiser 8020's (in a Jecklin Disk) vs a WildTronics SAAM and a pair of spaced DPA 4061's. Personally I liked the SAAM but I am eager to hear what you think. The video was shot on a Sony A7S2 and a GoPro Hero 7.
Stereo Microphone Configuration Shootout - Sports Cars
Here is a Stereo Microphone configuration shoot out I did while recording several sports cars for my buddy. I tried out Sennheiser 8020 Spaced Omni's, Sennheiser 8040 ORTF and a Wildtronics SAAM. For Cars I recorded a couple different Ferrari's and a BMW M3 CS.
Recording Distant Firework Sounds in an Urban Setting
Every year I like to travel to a quiet part of a city and record the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration. It is a great reference and source for Sound Designing a Distant Battle Scene/Atmosphere. This year I recorded the fireworks from downtown Bellevue, WA. I used a Wildtronics SAAM going into a Sony M10. Sorry about the poor video quality, I had to use my phone and it suffered in the low light. I left the bit with the helicopter flying by in there because it created a great scene with the distant reflective booms and the distant chopper sound.
LOM GeoFon Test 3 - Car Doors, Locks and Wipers = Nice Weighty Sounds
I think I am starting to narrow in on how to use the LOM GeoFon to get some fuller recordings for Sound Design Source. Checking out the sounds my Car makes yielded some nicer source with the GeoFon. I can definitely see the wipers being used for some sort of bass frequency for a large Mech type Robot Walking. Pardon my slippers but we are in a Pandemic. So who needs shoes. :)
Elastic Audio Test with Bird Vocalizations Recorded with a Sanken CO-100K
This is a short clip I made while playing around with some recordings I got of a Goose and a Rooster. These are the raw audio files stretched 500% using Elastic Audio (VariSpeed) in Pro Tools. The files were recorded using a Sanken CO-100K. No other processing of clean up was done to the files.
Sound Effect Field Recording:
Ocean Waves recorded in Downtown Seattle with LOM Usi Pro's and a Mix Pre 6
Here is a short video I made of a recording of Ocean Waves in Downtown Seattle. The streets were much quieter than normal given the current stay at home situation. I grabbed this while on a walk with my extremely supportive lady. I used LOM Usi Pro's going into a Mix Pre 6 V2. I added a bit of a low cut to these recordings to reduce the wind noise as it was an extremely windy day.
Recording a River with a Sony D100 near Redwoods National Park in California
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. To get there you have to drive down a fun dirt road with tons of giant Redwoods. It is like something out of a movie. At the end of the road there is a nice half mile hike to see some of the biggest trees around. While walking there you could hear some great crows in the distance but unfortunately it was too close to a highway to get a good recording. Halfway down the path we did find a hidden trail that lead to a river. So we hiked down there and grabbed some sounds.
Recording Distant Waves with a Sony D100 near Redwoods National Park in California
A beautiful overlook of the Ocean. When you first park you are greeted with a great view but if you hike half a mile (warning the way back has a lot of elevation and can be a trek) you can really get to a stunning view of the area.
Recording Close Wave Sounds with a Sony D100 near Redwoods National Park in California
There is a stop along the 101 where you can walk down to a great rocky beach. I was surprised I was able to get a good recording considering how close it was to the 101 but the Ocean is just that loud. and the D100 was able to capture some usable source. I had a bit of trouble with wind, even with the Rycote dead cat for the D100. But I learned from my adventures on the Oregon Coast last year that in a pinch my Toque (or Beanie for you Americans) doubles as makeshift wind protection.
Recording Beach waves with a Pair of LOM Usi Pro's near Redwoods National Park in California
When we first got to Mattole Beach I did not know what to expect. Huge sand dunes hid the beach from the parking area and all you could hear was the intense roar of the Ocean. As we hiked over the dunes we were greeted to the most beautiful view. The rocks along the beach made the most satisfying sound as the Ocean Waves crashed against them. I have to admit the power of the Ocean was pretty scary here. It almost felt like like the edge of the world. The drive back was one of the most stressful drives I have ever done. Thin, narrow one lane roads with potholes that wind around tall hills and cliffs. The first half is along the Ocean and it is truly intimidating, there are random cows on the road and no lights whatsoever. I highly recommend avoiding this drive at night. By the time we made it to civilization I was so relieved, I have never been that happy to see a gas station.
Recording Forest Air Ambiences with a Wildtronics SAAM near Redwoods National Park in California
We drove through the Avenue of the Giants which is an amazing drive. There are a lot of giant Redwoods to see and areas to stop. I was actually surprised how quiet it was there so along the way we stopped to grab some Forest Ambiences.
Recording Various Forest Ambiences with LOM Mikro Usi's near Redwoods National Park in California
Grabbed a bunch of sounds with some Mikro Usi microphones going into a Roland R07. I had the mics strung through my jacket as an experiment. At the end of the vid I discuss whether I liked the set up or not. Shot with a Go Pro. Shot with a Sony RX100
Recording Beach Waves with a Wildtronics SAAM near Redwoods National Park in California
We were greeted with a pleasant surprise, an empty beach with crashing Ocean Waves. You will see in more of the places we visited that the holidays is one of the best times to visit these areas, especially if you are into Field Recording as they all are pretty much empty. So you can really capture some nice nature ambiences. Managed to grab some beach wave sounds with a Wildtronics SAAM. Shot with a Sony RX100
Ambience Field Recording: