Here is a preview with audio, photos and a little background on the making of my forthcoming SFX library called MANGLED METAL.

So here I am at the tail end of recording for my next SoundBox HD Pro library and I decided to go all out and dump some metal from the JD tractor. I set up 3 microphones, a MKH-416, Sanken CSS-5 and the stereo MKH-8040ST. I wanted to get some intense crashes with the junk metal I have around the ranch and so I loaded up the tractor bucket for each take and dumped. Loading the junk metal after each take was quite a work out. Because I wanted to hear each take right after I had to jump off the tractor and stop the recording and the video I was capturing at the same time. It was a very hot day for North Idaho and the sun baked me. All in all it was totally worth it and I got some killer stuff at 24Bit-192Khz.

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Testing, testing, 1,2,3… This is just a test. Today I took some time out from the recording and editing of my next Ultimate library and strapped a microphone to the back of my John Deere 4110 tractor and drove around the ranch to see what I could learn. I usually only record breaking and burning stuff so this is relatively new to me. I used my AT 835-ST mic for reasons unknown except if it fell off I would not really freak out. Its a good mic but I would not use the 8040s.
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For the last month or so I’ve been driving my wife crazy with my microphone and recorder rigs sitting near the front door. I’ve been trying to record the thunderstorms that were forecast by the experts. So far I’ve been batting a thousand with thunder fail so last night I moved all the gear downstairs to the studio to make good with my wife.
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Ultimate Chain SFX Library

Here is a second preview with audio, photos and a little background in the making of my forthcoming sounds effects library called ULTIMATE CHAIN.

This time I wanted to record some gearbox type chain sound effects. I have an old wood cooking stove that was here on the ranch when I purchased it and have been keeping it around for sound effects recording. I’ve dropped it, smashed it and rolled it down hills and it is still in one piece! They don’t make them like they used to I guess because this one won’t die. I used a medium and large heavy chain and pulled them across some old metal pieces laying on top of the stove.

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Why is it that I never get a weekend off from recording?

So, there I was, enjoying a nice quiet weekend of yardwork, accounting and just plain relaxing and all of a sudden the wildlife around here springs to life. Truth is, it’s about time. This was the first hot and sunny weekend since Septemeber of 2010 if my memory serves me well. I’m assuming we are about 3 weeks late for spring and summer. In additon, we had an enormous amout of snow and rain the first half of the year. This warm weather and flooding conditions make a perfect world for wildlife.
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Over the last three days I waited with much anticipation for the thunderstorms to roll in and give me some love… but all I got was rain. There were some distant rumbles as the storm cells moved north very far away from my ranch. All was not lost though because it was some really awesome heavy rain and I was able to get some decent recordings with the Sennhesier 8040ST Rig.

I recorded in two locations. First, the Sennhesier 8040ST setup was placed out my door on my deck under the eave of the roof. Second, I stuck the Sennhesier 8040s out a window in my garage again under the eave of the roof as to not get them soaking wet.
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I know it’s obvious that recording with a high frequency microphone and playing that sound back at lower pitches and slowed down that the results contain highs that would be lost with a standard frequency range microphone. I’m not breaking any new ground here but today I recorded some chains hanging from the ceiling of my garage with a Sennheiser MKH-8040 and MKH-416 at 192k and wanted to share some sound samples from each microphone.
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A Mossberg 590 12 Gauge Shotgun recorded from 3 positions at 24-Bit 192kHz. 1) Original speed: side, front and rear. two versions each. 2) Played back at half speed: side, front and rear. 3) Played back at quarter speed: side, front and rear.

I quickly edited and mastered them in Pro Tools at 192K with some H-Comp compression, Decapitator and L2 limiting. Oh yeah… I almost forgot to mention Chuck Russom’s “Call It Good” favorite: RenBass.

Below is the 192K file you can download and have fun sith (I hope) Don’t worry, I can shoot anytime here on the ranch. I can always get more if I need them. -Frank
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I’ve only had the Sennheiser 8040’s for a few days and have been out recording as much as I can to familiarize myself with the microphones. I have been amazed at the quality and low noise of these mics. I will be doing more blog posts with in depth info in the days and weeks ahead. I am just so thrilled with the glass sounds recorded that I wanted to quickly share them. Now I’ve got to go back to real work!
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Down my road a few miles located right on the Pend Oreille river is a place called “The Fish Hatchery”. It is run by the State of Idaho Fish and Game Division. I’m fairly certain by what they call it they hatch fish eggs to place into the lakes and rivers around here. I go and record there often during the different seasons. I can get great wave sounds along with flowing water out of pipes, trenches and streams.
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