Chains and Sennheiser MKH8040 MKH416 Comparison

I know it’s obvious that recording with a high frequency microphone and playing that sound back at lower pitches and slowed down that the results contain highs that would be lost with a standard frequency range microphone. I’m not breaking any new ground here but today I recorded some chains hanging from the ceiling of my garage with a Sennheiser MKH-8040 and MKH-416 at 192k and wanted to share some sound samples from each microphone.

The first set is chains at ...

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Ultimate Chain SFX Library Preview

Here is a preview with audio, photos and a little background in the making of my forthcoming sounds effects library called ULTIMATE CHAIN.

I’ve recorded many chains over the years but never have I recorded chains of this size. “Heavy” is how I can describe handling some of these chains. I pulled them over metal bars, wood beams and across thick steel plates. I’ve dropped them, dragged them across many types of surfaces and twirled them in the air. So far ...

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Shotgun: Mossberg 590 Recording With Sennheiser 8040ST

A Mossberg 590 12 Gauge Shotgun recorded from 3 positions at 24-Bit 192kHz. 1) Original speed: side, front and rear. two versions each. 2) Played back at half speed: side, front and rear. 3) Played back at quarter speed: side, front and rear.

I quickly edited and mastered them in Pro Tools at 192K with some H-Comp compression, Decapitator and L2 limiting. Oh yeah… I almost forgot to mention Chuck Russom’s “Call It Good” favorite: RenBass.

Below is the 192K file you ...

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Glass Cracking With Sennheiser 8040ST

I’ve only had the Sennheiser 8040’s for a few days and have been out recording as much as I can to familiarize myself with the microphones. I have been amazed at the quality and low noise of these mics. I will be doing more blog posts with in depth info in the days and weeks ahead. I am just so thrilled with the glass sounds recorded that I wanted to quickly share them. Now I’ve got to go back ...

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The Danger Bear Trap Recordings

Down my road a few miles located right on the Pend Oreille river is a place called “The Fish Hatchery”. It is run by the State of Idaho Fish and Game Division. I’m fairly certain by what they call it they hatch fish eggs to place into the lakes and rivers around here. I go and record there often during the different seasons. I can get great wave sounds along with flowing water out of pipes, trenches and streams.

Last week ...

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Thunderstorm Recording Techniques

thunderstorm

To kick off thunderstorm season here in North Idaho I want to share with you some new thunder and lightning recordings along with some from my Thunderstorm HD library released a couple years ago. I also want to share some of my tips and techniques I use when trying to record that elusive lightning strike. The audio clip below is thunder I’ve recorded over the last ...

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Recording a Mossberg 590 Shotgun

Mossberg 590 Shotgun

Yesterday I went out at bought myself a new shotgun. I love my other Remington shotgun but I was feeling I needed to spice things up a bit and get something new. So I picked up a brand new black Mossberg 590 with the thicker barrel (the mechanical actions sounded better to me and it can handle larger pellets).

Today I took a break from the usual sound editing routine ...

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Ultimate Glass SFX Library Trailer

Presenting Ultimate Glass Sound Effects Library. 736 glass sound effects recorded at 24-Bit 96kHz. Sounds included but not limited to: Windows, Mirrors, Bottles, Vases, Jars, Dishes, Wine Glasses, Drinking Glasses, Light Bulbs, Ornaments and Computer Screens. Not only is there the usual smashing and breaking of glass, there are many sounds made by glass that are perfect for video game and film sound design. Pitch, bend, warp and process to your heart’s delight. Over a year in the making and ...

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TV Screen Goes Bada Boom

A few days ago I hit my old Sony 27 inch tube television set with a sledgehammer. (yeah, it was fun!) It had been sitting around for years after being retired for a new widescreen LCD TV. I bought this TV back in 1995 after many nights watching a battered up 14 inch TV. OK, history over…. Now the fun stuff. I moved the really heavy TV down to my foley recording area outside and on the way it got ...

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Train Recording 3-13-2011

It’s been about 12 years since I recorded a train. When I lived in Seattle I was able to get some great recordings of all kinds of trains in many environments. When I moved to Idaho in 1997 I soon realized that trains were everywhere. North Idaho is the main Northern route from East to West. 60+ trains a day pass through here so there is always a chance to get recordings year round. I recorded many trains back in ...

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