Rock Blasting Explosion

Recording the sound a large rock explosion on a mountain overlooking Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho on August 14, 2013.

I was sitting on my deck enjoying a peaceful summer afternoon the other and then it started… It sounded like a machine gun shooting far off in the distance but it was actually a blasting and drilling machine on the mountain directly behind the house. The location is approximately 200 meters away. I have recorded many sounds up there before ...

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The Frog Pond

I recently bumped into a friend of mine from the area and the first thing he said to me was “I was just thinking about you the other day, I have these frogs in my pond that make one hell of a racket at night. You should come record them” By the way, this happens to me quite a bit when I meet friends at social events or just hang out. They always let me know if they have heard ...

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Interview with Frank Bry

Creating an Experience with Sound Effects – Interview with Frank Bry

This is a interview I did with my good friend Paul Virostek from Jetstreaming.org

How can you record great sound effects?

Field recording well requires using gear properly, having a solid recording sensibility, and knowledge of acoustics and signal flow.

However, as a listener, these things rarely come to mind when we hear an impressive sound. It’s similar to watching a movie: we never wonder how the gaffer lit a scene. That may ...

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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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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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Transient Enhancement With Explosions

Snow Explosion Composite Image
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.

The sounds presented here are intended for ...

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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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Explosion Sounds From Scratch

Explosion Sounds From Scratch

Two years ago I asked myself the question “How can I record the sound of explosions without breaking the bank” After months of research including many hours of watching You Tube videos I asked my local gun shop if they would be able to help me. “Yes we can” was the enthusiastic answer. So, a little over a year ago during the first M-60 machine gun ...

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Crazy Sound of the Month: Sept, 2012

MuaserHere is the sound of a custom Mauser 6.5×300 Weatherby rifle I recorded during the cliff bullet ricochet sessions earlier in September 2012. This is a special rifle that shoots large custom bullets. The shell is squeezed down in size to fit the barrel. I’m not sure why, but someone does.

I set up in a clearing right at the edge of where the rock ledge began to slope downward towards ...

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