CRAZY SOUND OF THE MONTH for November 2013: Rock smashes. Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH-8040ST at 24-Bit 96K. These rocks weathered by millions of years of wind, rain and snow break apart completely when tossed onto a solid concrete surface. During the recording sessions for the Ultimate Rockslide collections I gathered these “soft” granite chunks and stored them in my garage. My wife was always asking about them and why I was keeping them. Well, now she knows I smashed them to bits.
In August 2013 I had the opportunity to record a rare diesel powered train from the 1950’s. This was a long time coming but it finally happened thanks to a few friends and the really cool guys who were tasked with making the machine operational. Here is the back story. In 2011 during the recording of North Country Trains sound effects library I stumbled upon the old locomotive parked along the switching tracks in Ponderay Idaho. It look as though it was being refurbished but I was not sure. A few days later I asked around town and a friend of mine actually knew about the train and who was working on it. He told me he would look into it. A few weeks later he called and told me it was going to start up very soon and would I be available to record on short notice. Of course I said “Oh yeah, I can be ready at a moments notice!”
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!
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.
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.
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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