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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 the concussion wave from a powerful blast as well as hearing it. The sound still feels massive even when wearing hearing protection . Read more

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 intense sound design and at the same time the subtle movement the water flows make. Some of the highlights include me filling my tractor loader with dozens of gallons of water and dumping all at once and slowly. Other aspects of this collection include sticking my microphones inside large culvert pipes and concrete trenches to capture the ambient space the water flows in. There are many water foley sounds recorded in shallow puddles, large ponds and slushy ice pools. Water was hit, poured, swirled and objects were thrown into and dragged through the water.

Most of this collection was recorded with extended frequency microphones so heavy pitch and noise shaping processes give you high quality results. Recording this sound effects library was a lot of fun and a physical balancing act with a microphone in one hand and a camera in the other and, I hope you enjoy designing water sounds with the material. -Frank (The Completely Soaked Recordist)

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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 ample room to eat. They also bite each other sometimes and I did notice a bloody ear or two.

It was very cold in the barn and after a few minutes my hand was almost numb from holding the aluminum boom pole. I tried to be as still as possible with the microphone but sometimes a pig would look up and start snorting into the microphone. They can move very quickly and I did get some snot on the windscreen a couple of times. They make a nice slimy chomping sound when eating grain pellets and when there are a few pigs munching it sounds even nastier.

The pigs were eating after a long cold day of running around in the yard and if you have ever witnessed hungry pigs, I will tell you they push each other around a bit. They bump heads and bite each other and when it’s all over they all go huddle together like a family at night to stay warm. These pigs all have a unique name and are loved and cared for by my brother and his partner. They take very good care of them.

I did try to record the sound they make when you scratch their back but they were more interested in eating dinner. It’s a really insane vocalization sound. They love getting their back scratched.

This sound is free to download at 24-Bit 48K. HAPPY NEW YEAR! and I hope any meals you have with friends and family don’t go like this feast. Enjoy! -Frank

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Pig Recording 2012

Pig Recording 2012

Pig Recording 2012

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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 recording session I was able to finally record what is known as “Tannerite”. For those who do not know, Tannerite is a binary exploding target that contains two elements that are sold separated and when mixed together and shot with a high powdered rifle makes quite a loud noise. These sessions came out great even though we got rained out later in the day and had to scramble to get the equipment under cover.

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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 a 600 meter or more drop off. I really have no idea how far down the forest floor was but it seemed like a good idea not to fall off. I placed a MKH-8040 on each side of the gun approximately 3 meters away and slightly behind the muzzle. I placed the MKH-8040ST XY90 microphone rig 6 meters behind the gun. We recorded 15 shots and I moved the microphones around after a few just to get a different sound.

I had some challenges way up in the mountains at over 3500 feet such as flying grasshoppers, fairly strong wind gusts, burning sunshine and the occasional floatplane passing overhead. All in all the session went well and aside from getting very tired chasing the grasshoppers away I was thrilled.

The sound below has one of the shots I recorded and I included the full microphone mix, the MKH8040ST, the MKH8040 (L-R dual mono stereo) and the MKH8040ST played back at 50% and 25% speed. The file is available for a short time at 24/96 so you can hear the full bandwidth of the 8040 mics and experiment with various processes. I did add some Compression and L2 limiting to bring out the beautiful mountain reverb tail and if you listen closely you can hear the bullet hit a rock very far away (2.8 seconds after the shot). FREE and Downloadable at 24-Bit 96kHz.Enjoy! -Frank

Muaser Microphone placement

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This work is made and given to you under license. By accepting this work, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Your use of this work is limited and restricted solely for the purpose of synchronizing recordings there from in timed relation with films, training or marketing presentations, radio and television presentations or commercials, and any other multimedia, audiovisual or computer generated displays, programs or presentations. Neither you nor anyone else may make any copies of any of the recordings on this work, except as may be designated to a single stand alone workstation for the purpose of specific audio and/or visual synchronization at your own facility. Transfer, copying or duplication of the work in whole or in part for any other purpose is expressly prohibited unless specifically authorized in writing by The Recordist. *** Transfer of one or more sounds to any format allowing network or remote access by two or more end users requires a multi-user License. Contact The Recordist for details. In the event of a breach of these terms, action may be taken against you directly by the owner of the copyright.

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All images and sounds copyright 2012 Frank Bry – Creative Sound Design