You may have heard a rumor through the social network grapevine that I finally took a Barrett 99 50 BMG rifle out into the North Idaho wilderness and recorded the tiny little sound it makes. Well, it’s true. I did, and it was LOUD… and so much fun capture such an amazing sounding gun. I have never recorded such a large rifle before and was very anxious after recording 15 body thumping shots to get back to the studio and listen to the multi-microphone recordings. In this blog post I will explain to the best of my “spell correcting” ability how I set up and what gear I used to capture the incredible echo this gun produced on a secret 400 acre ranch.

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Posted: Sunday, December 29, 2013
By DAVID GUNTER Feature correspondent for The Daily Bee

SANDPOINT – Frank Bry hears things. It’s his job, actually. Where most of us might detect a twig breaking underfoot — if we notice it at all – Bry’s ears snap to attention, fully alert to the myriad ways a twig can be broken and how it might sound from dozens of different angles.

For Bry, the crack of ice on a frozen lake is only an overture to the symphony that follows. It might be a deep-bellied echo from the depths below, or a sparkling chorus of bubbles rising up to answer the initial fracture, but he hears every note, registers every subtle aspect of the soundscape.

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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.

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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!”

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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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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.
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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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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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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

February 19, 2013 – It was an honor and privilege to participate in the 7th Tonebenders Podcast about recording guns with Charles Maynes, Watson Wu and Axel Rohrbach. Episode 7 features a round table discussion on the art of field recording firearms. Regular hosts Rene, Timothy and Dustin are joined by Frank Bry (of therecordist.com) and Charles Maynes (one of Hollywood’s go to gun guys), who sit in for the whole podcast. Axel Rohrbach (from Germany’s Boom Library) and renowned weapons recordist Watson Wu also chime in with their points of view on the subject. We talk everything from session prep to locations to gear to mistakes to avoid and much more…

To listen to the podcast head on over to the Tonebenders Website:

Also: Bullets HD Pro SFX Library review at Game Audio Podcast: GameAudio Podcast Episode 27