Resurfacing Header

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.

Road Roller 2012

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.

Road Roller 2012

Road Roller 2012

Road Roller 2012

Please Note: The Soundcloud demo is downloadable for free at 24Bit 96kHz.

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