As a sound recordist, one of the best things about living in a small town in the middle of nowhere besides fresh air, clean water and quiet is sometimes you get to record things that would be very difficult or impossible to record anywhere else. Some of those things are recording a M-60 machine gun in someones back yard or getting the powerful sounds of a building being ripped apart by an excavator. Well, that has been my life experience ...More →
I’ve always wanted to record explosions and while I was recording a few guns recently I had my chance. Explosions are not something you can record everyday. I takes some planning, a good location that allows this kind of loud stuff and a very good shot. Since I have the gear all I needed was the above. It all came together after months of planning with the local gun shop. After recording a bunch of guns it was time to ...More →
Here is a quick blog post about my experience recording some big guns. There is a lot more to tell but I wanted to share some of my initial thoughts, video and pictures from the session.
The shoot was arranged very quickly because the weather here in North Idaho was about to turn nasty and I wanted to get some gun sounds before the end of the year. Rain was forecast for the days after the shoot but the day of ...More →
Recording the sound of wind through trees, broadleaf cattails at a remote mountain pond and dry leaves dancing in the yard. I also had to force some leafy action with my bare hands. Enjoy the soothing sounds of foliage! Recorded in High Definition at 24-Bit 96K. A sound effects library like no other. From The Recordist.
Recording the cutting and various actions of a maple tree. The tree was mostly dead within the main trunk. The were some thick, dry branches that I thought would make some great TREE MONSTER sound source material. I was able to get some nice heavy wood branch impacts, rustling and swishes. This was just a small portion of the many recording sessions for this new sound effects library. More to come.
Ultimate Foliage SFX Leaf Chasing
This is a video of me chasing leaves around the ranch for Ultimate Foliage SFX Library. As you can tell they are hard little buggers to catch. When they do move they are very unpredictable.
Foliage Recording Video Cam Mishap
While recording a branch swish over my Sennheiser MKH-8040ST microphone setup for ULTIMATE FOLIAGE SFX LIBRARY things got slightly out of control. I thought the Flip HD video camera was far enough away ...More →
Here are two videos recorded while I was capturing the sound from a 1980 Beechcraft Baron 58P prop plane. The first video is from camera one (Sanken CSS-5 audio) that my wife kindly shot. She also took over 150 photos of the short lived action. The second video is from camera two (Sennheiser MKH-8040ST audio), my somewhat feeble attempt to get video and sound at the ...More →
1928 Stearman C3B Engine Start Boomcam Perspective 2011
Here is a J5 Wright powered 1928 Stearman C3B starting its engine. The video was shot with a Flip HD (3rd Gen) mounted on my Sanken CSS-5 microphone boom pole. This is the complete video with the CSS-5 audio recorded at 24/96. This plane was not flying during the show but at the end of the day I was able to meet the owner and his friends (it ...More →
It’s been a year since my last recording session at the Sandpoint Idaho air show and fly in. Last year I focused mainly on engine run-ups and take-offs from the south end of the airfield. This year I decided to hang out at the north end of the runway and get pass bys and ground taxiing as the planes landed. There were lots of different types of prop airplanes flying around including a 1928 Stearman that was not there last ...More →
Episode 1 of Ultimate Sound Effect Library recording from the last 3 years. Over 20 minutes of field recording video sped up 500% to 4 1/2 minutes. This episode shows un-cut footage from my many recording sessions of wood, rocks and concrete. I mostly record alone so running around during the session is normal. I’m not amped on caffeine, well maybe I was during some of the sessions.
You had to be there for the normal run-time experience. Time waits for ...More →