New York Times Magazine: How to Record Thunderstorms
“Find a quiet place and be patient. Prioritize your safety.” Illustration by Radio
I was contacted in March 2022 by The New York Times to discuss the ins and outs of recording thunderstorms for the Magazine section of their Sunday edition newspaper. Not a very technical article, mainly for beginners, that’s OK with me. It’s wonderful that a field recording article ended up in the Times.
Hi all The Recordist fans!
Message from Frank:
In late 2021 Charles contacted me and filled me in on some bullet impact sounds he was creating for his work in a Seal Team episode that had lots of interior gun battles. He built a Soundminer v5 Radium preset with sounds from our sound collection called Bullets Re-Imagined. He added some interior reverb vibe and bounced them out so he could quickly work with them during his crazy ass busy work on the TV show. He liked them so much he wanted to share them. So, here they are in the original designed form and with the Radium preset he used. If you need sounds with no interior vibe, open the preset in Radium and have at it. 1000’s of combinations are at your finger tip. Enjoy! All my love. -Frank
This Video is about recording sound effects. We were testing custom 50 caliber ammunition my armorer built for a video game. Our goal was to see how it shot and how it sounded impacting metal targets and dirt. We shot from 250 yards and 500 yards. In this video we are at 250 yards.
FREE Crazy Sound of the Year: August 2021. No gimmicks, no sign ups, no bullcookies – just a nice sounding thunderstorm recorded with two MKH-8040ST ORTF microphone sets back to back for free, my gift to all of you wonderful audio professionals.
I have multiple sets of Sennheiser MKH-8040 microphones. I use two matched stereo sets, one XY, the other ORTF and a back up set. As you may know I love using the MKH-8040 microphones on guns and other sources but one of my favorite uses is for recording the sound of lightning and thunder. I have been recording thunder for over 30 years and have released many collections. All of these have been in stereo and they are wonderful but I wanted to up my game a bit and record in four channel format.
The Recordist is excited to present Helicopters 2 HD Professional – the second chapter to one of our most popular library series.
Helicopters 2 HD Pro continues the journey started with Helicopters 1 back in 2015. After 3 years of going to the local airport and recording various rotorcraft I can finally reveal to you this stunning set of 97 sounds from a wide variety of helicopters.
Five years in the making and 34 storms later the next chapter in this sonic adventure is complete. 60 brand new thunder sounds including close up dry lightning, deep booming rumbles and gentle claps.
The Recordist is proud to present a whole new series of HD Professional sound effects libraries featuring rare and unique guns. Second in the series is the Vickers .303 British machine gun. Recorded on a 400 acre ranch in North Idaho with a huge amount of microphones and handheld recorders. Perspectives include attached, very close, medium and distant. From just a few inches out to 150 meters this collection has you covered. 10 mono and 7 stereo microphones provide a wide range of source material from this amazing “Steam Punk” machine gun. The weapon recorded is authentic, not a replica.
Presenting Undercover Guns: Indoor Range HD Professional Sound Effects Library. A one of a kind collection of handguns and rifles being fired in a indoor range. Multiple microphones were placed at different perspectives to capture the explosive energy inside this cavernous space. Stereo MS, XY and ORTF setups were used along with a couple of mono microphones.
Idaho: June 5, 2019
The Recordist is pleased to announce GUNFALL (One) HD Professional. The first in a series of sound collections that feature gun drops, kicks, slides, drags, butt stock hits and general mechanical handling layers from a variety of firearms. Featuring handguns, assault rifles, bolt action rifles and shotguns (double barrel & tactical) against a wide selection of surfaces. Also included are interior and exterior versions for a few surfaces.
• The Last of Us 2 (Gun Recordist)
• Roque Company (Gun Recordist)
• Battlefield 5 (Helicopters)
• Widows (Film) SoundFX Recordist
• H1Z1 (Gun Recordist)
• Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus
• Battlefield 1 (Gun Recordist)
• Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
• Battlefield 4
• Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock
• Supreme Commander 1 & 2
• Unreal Championship 2
• Dungeon Siege 1 & 2
• Metroid Prime 1, 2 & 3
• Neverwinter Nights
• Total Annihilation
News & Press
- How to Record ThunderstormsMay 19, 2022 - 6:33 am
- Sound FX Gift 2022January 25, 2022 - 12:47 pm
- Submachine Guns ReleasedDecember 4, 2021 - 7:37 am
- Kalashnikov Rifles ReleasedJune 1, 2020 - 6:20 am
- Helicopters 2 is Ready to FlyFebruary 19, 2020 - 8:59 am
- Thunderstorm 4 HD Pro ReleasedDecember 10, 2019 - 4:41 pm