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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The Cannon: Recording Session 1

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This is a cannon… not a huge cannon but a decent sized fairly portable cannon that makes quite a bang. When you pack it with synthetic black powder, ram a chunk of solid steel down the barrel, light the fuse, run for cover, block your ears and wait… it makes a noise, a loud noise. This is the first of many sessions planned with this cannon over the next few weeks and I plan on recording it in many locations. Next location is high up on a cliff overlooking the river where there is not much but solid rock around. I named it the “Cannon on Call” as I can record it pretty much anytime I would like with just a little advance notice and planning.

This session was initially going to be at a mountain location deep in the woods but the entry gate was locked so I had to move it to another location, the driveway of the people that own the cannon. This was not a bad location since the gear was easy to set up and it was still quiet enough for recording.

Cannon Recording 2012

Once we had the cannon functional (the first two shots were no-gos because the fuse got jammed up in some condensation or something and would not ignite the black powder) I recorded 4 shots with pieces of quarter inch solid steel rod cut to two inches in length. I did not have a long throw so I was not able to get the projectile pass by and hitting. We shot it into the forest up a hill. There was some background noise of yard work going on so we had to wait about a half hour for that to stop but then the wind and kicked up. I read the forecast before the shoot and knew the wind would be getting stronger as the day went by, very common here as the sun comes up and heats the air. The wind would come and go so in between the stronger gusts we set the cannon off.

The microphones I used were four MKH-8040s, a MKH-416, AT-835ST, CSS-5 and a Sony PCM D-50. I tracked these to a pair of Sound Devices SD-702 recorders, a Fostex FR-2 and a Sony PCM-D1 with the XLR-1 microphone module. The first set of MKH-8040s were centered right behind the cannon in XY mode. The second set of MKH-8040s were place further behind and spaced far apart aiming in towards the barrel. The CSS-5 was placed out in the forest off to the right of the cannon. The AT-835ST and the MKH-416 were placed to the sides and just a little closer then the wide MKH-8040 microphones. Finally, I had the PCM D-50 about 150 feet away to the right down the driveway. I knew we only had a few steel projectiles so this basically was a test to find the right combination and placement of the microphones.

The cannon rolls back a little bit when fired so I set some moving blankets under it and also noticed the long metal bar in the back hits the ground also so I wrapped that in a towel. The barrel itself rocks up and down also and next time I plan on padding that also to see if I can minimized the hit noise it makes. This noise is part of the cannon but I would like to try it with the pad in place.

Cannon Recording 2012

Overall this session took about three hours and I was satisfied with the results on the first shoot given the circumstances. I plan to try other microphone placements and locations very soon and will update the website with the latest cannon session sounds, video and blabbing as it happens.

Cannon Recording 2012

Cannon Recording 2012

Cannon Recording 2012

Cannon Recording 2012

Cannon Recording 2012

Cannon Recording 2012

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

Recording Gun Powder Flame Bursts Part-2

Here is the second video from recording the sound of black powder. The audio track in this video is from a MKH-8040ST. Other microphones I used during the sessions were a MKH-416 and a Sanken CSS-5.

Recorded over a 2 week period, I was experimenting with a few different types of black powder to see what sounds it would make separately and combined. As you can hear in this demonstration the smokeless kind produces a nice fat flame rumble while the regular kind makes a bright flash and sizzle.

Here are some black powder flame bursts… in slow motion (50% playback speed). Recorded with the MKH-8040ST, they have the beef… and the sizzle! BBQ Anyone?

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