Suppressed Gun In The Mountains

SFXRecording 2012

The opportunity came up today to trek high in the mountains (3500 feet or more I think) and record a Barrett 98B sniper rifle into a massive canyon. The guys from Wrenco Arms were kind enough to let me tag along with my gear and do some recording. I brought my MKH-8040ST rig and that’s all I could bring as we were at a rock cliff and the long ride up in a 4×4 buggy was rough. Once there I was able to record many 98B shots and the mountain echo was simply amazing. One of the guns they brought along was a Rock River Arms LAR15 with a suppressor and after using up all the 98B ammo they shot off the semi automatic rifle into the forest below. The bullets ricocheted at times and this sound just blew me away. Because the gun is suppressed there is no loud trailing echo so the ricochets really stand out.

I will write a full blog post on the sniper rifle (which sounded awesome up there) soon but wanted to share this sound now. I did get the chance to shoot the rifle and they shot video and I was nervous as hell but really enjoyed it. More to come!

Here is the sound recorded from slightly off the the side and behind the gun pointed out over the canyon. Enjoy! -Frank

SFXRecording 2012

SFXRecording 2012

Tweetie Bird Feeding

Birds 2012

For a month now I have been hearing this faint and frantic bird tweeting when at the south side of the house. I knew there was a birds nest around there somewhere but could not locate it. The chirping was very quiet and high pitched as they were very young chicks in the nest. I decided to wait until they were more mature to try and record them. Now they are louder and deeper in pitch than before and I was able to locate them in a small shrub very close to the outside wall of the house. Every time the mother fed them they went crazy like they were at a concert or something.

My first attempt at recording the little buggers was a failure I think because the microphone was on a stand and the mother bird thought it was a animal or something and would not feed them. I gave up quickly as to not disrupt her feeding pattern. I then thought if I put the microphone in the shrub next to the nest maybe she would not freak out as bad. Turned out I was right. This morning was very quiet and I heard the chicks as I strolled by and they did not stop. Maybe they were close to leaving the nest and were more mature about having a microphone that looked like a cat next to them (brave!)

Birds 2012

I carefully set the Sennheiser MKH-416 in the shrub next to the nest, set up the video camera, began recording and walked away. I made sure I was no where near the nest as the mother kept a close eye on her nest. In the past as soon as I was within a few yards of her castle she would fly around and guard her babies. I waiting inside the house and watched from a window and hoped a car would not pass by when she swooped in to drop the food delivery off. I was lucky, she came back a few times and I was able to get some clean recordings.

These sounds will be in a new sound effects library called: “Bats, Birds and Bugs” coming out soon. Enjoy! -Frank

Birds 2012

Explosives HD Pro Teaser

As you might already know I’ve been recording lots of Black Powder and other “Explosive” things. Well, here is a audio teaser of some of the sounds I recorded and designed from the raw source material.

I’ve recorded a whole bunch of Tannerite, White Lightning, A Black Powder Cannon, Large Caliber Rifles and some other secret stuff I’m not cleared to have video and pictures of. This new library will be a massive collection of things that make a loud noise when lit up and will include all sorts of black powder bursts, sizzle, flames, rocket type effects and many other things I have not thought of yet.

Some of the source material is thunder, lightning, plastic air pops, Weatherby 300 rounds and various shotguns. Here in North Idaho we have a amazing environment for recording loud bangs and weapons. The reverb tails even from a small caliber rifle can produce really cool echoes and textures depending on the location and time of year. Some of the locations where I recorded were on a mountain top rock quarry, a dense forest, a medium size gravel pit and my own field here on the ranch. I’ve also recorded during all the four seasons and I will say they all sound a little different.

The collection is still a work in progress and I have many more sessions planned for this summer. When I feel the library is a well grounded assortment of sounds it will be released. Until then please enjoy the teaser and keep an eye out for future blog posts of the recording sessions.

-Frank

PHOTOS

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

SFX Recording 2012

All images and sounds copyright 2012 Frank Bry – Creative Sound Design

Big Water Splashes

Here are some sounds of dumping large amounts of water from my JD tractor onto a concrete surface. When I prepared for the dump everything looked like a go and I would get some nice, big splashes but I soon found out the the tractor was not level so most of the water poured out from one side and not evenly. After some dirt ramp adjustments (With a shovel, Argh!) and some quick checking with my iPhone level App I was ready to go. Here is the thing: ready to go meant driving down a steep hill to my stream and hand filling the tractor bucket with over 200 gallons of water… with a five gallon plastic paint container. Then, slowly make my way back up the hill full of water and trying not to spill it all out. Once in position I let it rip.

At first I did smaller dumps and pours and then eventually just let the whole bucket spill at one time. I also recorded some quick large splats by tilting the tractor bucket loader quickly and at the same time lowered it a bit. This made the water sort of jump out and hit the ground without the extra dripping that was happening during the longer spills. I filled the bucket five times and I was done, really tired and somewhat soaked.

I recorded all the sounds at 24/96 with a MKH-8040ST set to XY at 90 degrees. I had the MKH rig set on a long boom pole and stand so it would not get wet. I used what is called a “Boom Mate” to hold the boom pole on the stand. I have had it a very long time and ir really works well. I do have to add some weights on the stand legs sometimes to keep it from falling over when the boom pole is extended out beyond 6 feet. Some splashes did hit the microphone (unavoidable sometimes because I like to record them close up) but after some careful editing they were gone without any damage to the sound itself.

This session was for a upcoming water library to be released later this summer. All new HD water sounds galor!

Enjoy! -Frank

Tweaking Sounds That Go KaBoom

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Here are some of the cannon shots I recorded last week with just a little plug-in love added. Some “White Lightning” explosions at the end also with some Pro-Tools plug-in love. The source I used was from the Sennheiser MKH-8040ST in XY at 90 only. Enjoy! -Frank

Plug in Screen grab

Explosion Recording 2012

Explosion Recording 2012

Explosion Recording 2012

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