3AM Rain Recording May 4, 2012

Here is the sound from a heavy rain storm that pounded North Idaho last night. Recorded on my 40 foot long deck at 3AM with a MKH-8040ST set to XY 90 degrees at 24-Bit 96K on May 4, 2012. The location faces West towards the forest and at 3AM it is very quiet here. No cars, trains, birds or anything else going on to disturb the beautiful rain drops that fall from my roof edge.

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Water Recording Videos 2012

This is the place where you will find videos of me recording various water sound effects. I will be updating the page with the videos as I produce them. I will also write a short description about each video so you know what’s going on and why I’m recording a certain way. Get ready for crazy! -Frank

May 2, 2012

Recording the sound of emptying a 55 gallon drum filled with yucky, rusty ...

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Recording Gun Powder Flame Bursts

Recently I have been experimenting with recording different type of gun powder to see which is the most effective at certain things. Some of those things are flare up speed, loudness, sizzle and volatility. So far I have tried three different types and those include synthetic, natural, and smokeless. These three types make a different sound and visual effect. The synthetic burns really fast and bright, the natural has a nice sizzle and of course makes a lot of smoke ...

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Thunderstorm Cleanup With RX2

Thunderstorm Thumb 2012This is a quick tutorial on one of my techniques for cleaning up thunder recordings. At the bottom of the page is a version of the original recording which you can download from SoundCloud for free. (24-Bit 48k) Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST set at XY 90 degrees.

Approximately 50% of the thunder I record here on the ranch is fairly clean with little to no rain and wind. ...

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The Devil Dog

Devil Dog 2012

This is Dixie, a very special English Bull Terrier with an amazing vocal ability that is unlike anything I have every heard. She is special because she is deaf and cannot hear what comes out of her mouth. She is loved and cared for by some friends here in town and they graciously allowed me to come to their home and record her.

Dixie makes the best noises when ...

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Ultimate Destruction Videos


The Trailer featuring: Commercial building destroyed by an excavator – A house being ripped apart – Large piles of metal debris crushing – Metal recycling machine – Computer and electronic device crashes – Extra long concrete and glass dumps – Heavy wood drops and foley – Tree falls and branch movements – Huge rock impacts – Tannerite explosions

Here is some lost ...
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Making Ultimate Destruction SFX

Ultimate Destruction HD SFX Library

The Idea
Where do I begin? This sound effects library has been in the making for over five years so I need to access my memory banks and see if I can remember some of the crazy sessions I did. But first, I want to share some of my thoughts on why I made this collection and the theory behind the madness.

Ever since I started in sound ...

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Metal Mashing Madness

In my quest for more source material for Ultimate Destruction SFX Library I took a quick trip to the local metal recycling facility to see if they would allow me to record. They were super nice and loaned me a hard hat and said “stay out of trouble” The only interesting activity they had going on was some scrap aluminum bundling. This giant machine is belt fed with scraps of metal and after they tumble down the chute into the ...

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Freight Train At Station

While recording the floodwaters here today I happened to see a train heading for town so I stopped at the Sandpoint train station and waited. A minute later the train pulls up and stops right in front of me! I did not expect this to happen as they usually just pass through town slowly on their journey. I had the microphone on a boom pole and was barely hanging on to it as it was very windy. I did not ...

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Hail Storm Inside My SUV Feb 2012

Here is a sound recorded from inside my Tahoe SUV. I had just arrived back at the ranch when I noticed the rain and wind had really started to get heavy. I parked in my driveway and pulled out my Sony PCM D-50 and started recording. I really just wanted to get the heavy rain drop sound hitting the roof when all of a sudden the rain turned to hail and the wind really picked up.

As you can hear in ...

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