SoundField ST450 Ambisonic Gun Test

I recently acquired the SoundField ST450 MKII Ambisonic Microphone and wanted to see how the unit responded to gun shots. As usual I was very excited to try a new piece of audio gear and rushed to get all the ingredients together for recording. Once I decided what I was going to test and how, I was off to the races! I placed the microphone in my driveway and recorded a 300 Blackout rifle along with a AK-47 and a AR-15 rifle. I used super sonic and subsonic ammunition along with a Gemtech ONE suppressor on the 300 Blackout. For the AK-47 and AR-15 I only shot supersonic unsuppressed. I did change the microphone postion and distance for the AK-47 and AR-15.
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The Hawk is Here

The Hawk HD Professional Sound FX Library Available Now

Presenting: The Hawk. One of the helicopters I’ve enjoyed recording the most is the Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk Helicopter. The UH-60A is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft. The UH-60A entered service with the U.S. Army in 1979, to replace the Bell UH-1 Iroquois as the Army’s tactical transport helicopter. This machine is a reconditioned rotorcraft from military surplus and is the real deal. It has been updated and modified to be used as a heavy lift helicopter but it still has the traditional sound of the original military hardware.
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The Huey is Here

The Huey HD Professional Sound FX Library Available Now

The Huey HD Professional Sound Effects Library is a 24-bit/96kHz, multi-microphone collection of sounds from a 1964 Bell UH-1H helicopter that has been reconditioned and converted for civilian use. This one of a kind set of sound effects features multiple ground and flight tests recorded in a exceptionally quiet environment at the local airport. The Bell UH-1 or better known as HUEY is by far the toughest, most bad ass helicopter in the world.
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UH-1H Huey Helicopter Recording

I’ve been recording many helicopters this summer and when this Huey became available I jumped on it. I placed several microphones around and inside while the helicopter was undergoing what they call “track and balance” tests. After the Huey was serviced and all the proper inspections take place they bring it out for a series of “track and balance” runs. I also was able to set microphones up when the Huey went for a few test flights. Below are some photos and a video from two separate recording sessions.
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The Fluid Nature of Recording Aircraft

If you follow me on social media you probably noticed that I’ve been going to the local airport to record aircraft of all kinds for the last two months or so. My original intention was to record private jets and maybe get a few prop planes and maybe, just maybe, record some helicopters. Well, after weeks of getting up early and bringing some gear to the airfield I got more than I bargained for. What started out as a small collection of helicopters recorded over the last few years has grown into a large and varied set of rotorcraft sound effects… Fairly quickly I might add. Unexpected? Yes. Totally fun? Yes. Here is the skinny on the transformation of Helicopters HD Mini into Helicopters HD pro. Read more