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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 and was excited to hear some noise from there again, especially this type of noise because I knew what was going to happen after the drilling stopped… Blasting!

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Explosions The Alloy-oZone Way

I have been trying out two iZotope processors for a few days now and discovered they can really enhance raw sound effects recordings in an exciting way (for me anyway). I’m tired of the same old stuff from the mainstream plug-in companies and want to spice up my life a bit. For this blog post I ran some explosion sound effects I recorded in 2012 in various mountain ranges in North Idaho. I was messing around with Alloy 2 and Ozone 5 in the Soundminer Pro VST Rack and came up with two explosion sounds that really got my creative juices flowing.

THe demo has the explosions in the sequence of RAW and then PROCESSED for a ORTF MKH8040ST and then a XY MKH8040ST recorded as two sync locked stereo tracks. I wish I kept the VST Rack settings but during my excitement I accidentally cleared the rack. Oops. Here goes from memory and some screen grabs of the FX chain list.

The first in the FX chain was Alloy 2 with the EQUALIZER – TRANSIENT – EXCITER – LIMITER. The EQUALIZER was just to filter out any heavy subsonic low end that might overdrive the FX chain. The TRANSIENT was set to have maximum sustain and attack. The EXCITER was used to enhance the high end ever so slightly. Finally, the LIMITER was set medium loud with a short release.
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Next up was Ozone 5 with the DYNAMICS and MAXIMIZER modules active. A very simple chain with some multiband dynamics on the low and high frequencies to boost them up and add some life. The MAXIMIZER was totally cranked as far as it could go. 20dB if I remember correctly.

Well, that’s it for now. I just wanted to share my excitement with you about these fantastic processors and tell you they can be used for just abut anything. -Frank

All sounds copyright 2013 Frank Bry – Creative Sound Design, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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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 something interesting that I might want to record, lucky me!

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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.

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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 below the cliff just itching to depart. Read more