Train Slackers 2013

It’s been a year since I did any extensive train recording and today I ventured out into the wilds of North Idaho with my MKH8040ST ORTF rig to see what I could get. During a quick morning trip to town I noticed two trains parked across the lake waiting for track repairs to be completed. I had enough time to drive home and grab the microphones and set up on a cliff overlooking the lake. The two trains were right ...

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Explosions: The AlloyoZone Way

I have been trying out two iZotope processors for a few days now and discovered they can really enhance raw sound effects recordings in an exciting way (for me anyway). I’m tired of the same old stuff from the mainstream plug-in companies and want to spice up my life a bit. For this blog post I ran some explosions I recorded last year in the mountains here in North Idaho. I was messing around with Alloy 2 and Ozone 5 ...

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Tonebenders Gun Recording Podcast

February 19, 2013 – It was an honor and privilege to participate in the 7th Tonebenders Podcast about recording guns with Charles Maynes, Watson Wu and Axel Rohrbach. Episode 7 features a round table discussion on the art of field recording firearms. Regular hosts Rene, Timothy and Dustin are joined by Frank Bry (of therecordist.com) and Charles Maynes (one of Hollywood’s go to gun guys), who sit in for the whole podcast. Axel Rohrbach (from Germany’s ...

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Gunscapes HD Pro SFX Bulletin

Gunscapes HD Pro SFX Library

This is the official page for Gunscapes HD Pro SFX news, gossip and super critical updates. When news is made concerning the library I will post it here with or without spelling and grammatical errors. (It all depends on how much of a rush I’m in) You can also post questions, comments and suggestions about the library. This library is also fielding requests. If ...

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Transient Enhancement With Explosions

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Transient enhancement plug-ins are wonderful tools to have in a sound designer’s arsenal. They can be used to soften a sound or to make it balls to the wall, hard hitting intense. Explosion sounds really benefit from this type of process. If you have recorded explosions, you may already have discovered that live is much better than tape, or should I say “BWAV file.” The human body feels ...

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The Making of North Country Water

Water. We have it in abundance here in North Idaho. When it’s moving, I go record it. The massive deep water lakes, the winding rivers, the spring snow melt run-off and the pipes that make sure it gets to where it’s going were recorded during the different seasons over the last few years. This sound effects collection is a close up and personal tribute to the amazing water sounds that can be heard here.

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Crazy Sound Of The Year 2012

Pig Feeding And Head Bumping

Presenting the Crazy Sound Of The Year: Pigs eating and head butting each other. These pigs are from my Brothers’ farm and I recorded them with a MKH-8040 at 192K to a Sound Devices 702 recorder on December 30, 2012. They are two weeks out from being bacon and weigh in at 200 pounds or more. When they eat the are VERY aggressive and just push each other out of the way even when there is ...

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Bullets Into SUV – Microphones In Harm’s Way

On November 2, 2012 I set out to record the sound of bullets being shot into a automobile. This video takes you on the journey to “crazy”. Multiple microphones were used on the session and the video demonstrates the different types of sounds the microphones produce depending on where they were placed. Some are very close up and others are further away from the SUV being shot at. Some are presented isolated and others ...

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Crazy Sound of The Week: Bullet Mule

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This is a set of processed bullet and gun sound effects recorded at the “Cliffs” in the North Idaho mountains in October 2012. The 1st sound is the final composite mix and then the individual elements used to create it. There was no synthesis applied juts pitch change, transient enhancement, compression and some substantial hard limiting. All the processing was done via the VST Rack in Soundminer ...

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Recording Explosions – 11-15-2012

On November 15, 2012 I ventured up into the North Idaho mountains with Richard from Wrenco Arms and recorded some explosions. We packed the off road vehicle with only 4 microphones and a video camera or two and set up the gear in three different locations along the mountain side. We only had a few hours of daylight left by the time we arrived but we made the best of it. Here are some of the best shots from that ...

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