I love the unexpected. Especially when it comes to sound effects recording. On July 26, 2012 I was down in my studio working when I felt a strong rumble. Usually a rumble around here is someone blasting rock or a distant thunder boom. This time it was long and steady. I thought… Earthquake. OK, those are rare here so I ran outside to see what was going on. I heard a metal rolling and rumble sound from the yard and saw a compactor heading my way. I realized the road was being resurfaced with hot oil and small crushed stone. I grabbed the MKH-8040ST rig (it’s ready to go most of the time during thunderstorm season) and walked out to the end of my driveway and waited. I knew it would eventually roll on back up the hill and it did.
The resurfacing crew had completed one side of the road so it was just a matter of time before they would hit the other side. The whole crew of equipment and trucks rolled on by as you can see in the second video.
I was able to record four pass bys of the roller… medium, distant and close up. I don’t know what I will do with these sounds but I’m glad I have them for future use. I’ve used heavy machinery sounds before in SCIFI spaceship and vehicle design so I hope you can use them also. When pitched down it sounds cool, so have fun and have at it. Two of the sounds are free at the original 24-bit 96kHz sample rate and in BWAV format. Enjoy! -Frank
This is really cool synchronized road paving crew action during the resurfacing of my street. Recorded with my iPhone and a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST matched stereo set in XY at 90 degrees.
Please Note: The Soundcloud demo is downloadable for free at 24Bit 96kHz.
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