Recorded a suppressed 300 Blackout rifle using Sellier & Bellot Tactical ammunition. This is the first time I’ve used this ammo and I am very happy with the “quiet” results when using a suppressor. This was just a quick test with my Sennheiser MKH8040ST XY microphone rig. First, I stood a meter away from the microphone and recorded multiple shots. I then moved back a couple of meters and faced the microphone in another direction and recorded more.
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New Video Trailer:

THE HAWK Extension HD Professional Sound Effects Library. This trailer was compiled from hand-held iPhone footage taken during the recording process. This collection expands on the original HAWK library with all new exterior sounds recorded with high-end microphones including the Sennheiser MKH8040ST and a Schoeps MS set. Included are pass bys, flight test maneuvers, hovering, long approaches, landings and ground runs from a Sikorsky UH-60A Blackhawk Helicopter. The UH-60A is a four-bladed, twin-engine, medium-lift utility helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft.
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There have been quite a few helicopters flying around the last few weeks due to forest fires burning in the area. If I hear one flying over the house or if I’m at the airport recording other aircraft and they fly in for fuel or an overnight stop I try and record them. Here are some videos of a couple of them. Enjoy!
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Presenting Prop Planes 2 HD Professional Sound Effects Library. This library is the result of over two years spent at the local airfield waiting and watching for planes. 30 different airplanes were recorded in pristine 24-bit 96kHz resolution with various high end microphones and handheld recorders. Single, twin and turbo prop planes were captured at multiple distances and airspeeds. Engine starts, high RPM warm-ups and ground taxi maneuvers are also included.
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FREE CRAZY SOUND of the month: May 2017. Cirrus Vision SF50 Personal Jet sounds. The Cirrus Vision SF50 is a single-engine, low-wing, seven-seat, very light jet aircraft designed and produced by Cirrus Aircraft. The aircraft was Federal Aviation Administration type certified on 28 October 2016, after a ten year development process. Read more

THE HAWK has been updated!

Over 5GB of new exterior and interior sounds! Using a Soundfield ST-450 MKII, interior B-Format Ambisonic sounds from ground runs and a 30 minute flight are featured in their entirety. I was also able to crouch under the nose of the UH-60 as it was performing a ground test and recorded the blades spinning overhead… Yes, that was intense! I also placed a microphone in a open wind for a fantastic mix of interior and exterior. Close up engine starts/stops were also captured. Stereo versions from the Soundfield ST-450 MKII are included.
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Recording the sound of a Bell UH-1N Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter on April 5 2017.

The Bell UH-1N Iroquois is a light-lift utility helicopter used to support various missions. The primary missions include: airlift of emergency security forces, security and surveillance of off-base nuclear weapons convoys, and distinguished visitor airlift. Other uses include: disaster response operations, search and rescue, medical evacuation, airborne cable inspections, support to aircrew survival school, aerial testing, routine missile site support and transport.

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You can probably tell I love recording helicopters. I can hear them coming from miles away as I sit in my studio working on stuff I should be working on. If I hear them more than once in a half hour period I know something is up and they will be around for a while. This happened on March 17, 2017. A couple of Huey helicopters flew over my house and were flying around the area so I hustled to the local airport and there they were, ripe for the picking!
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I recently acquired the SoundField ST450 MKII Ambisonic Microphone and wanted to see how the unit responded to gun shots. As usual I was very excited to try a new piece of audio gear and rushed to get all the ingredients together for recording. Once I decided what I was going to test and how, I was off to the races! I placed the microphone in my driveway and recorded a 300 Blackout rifle along with a AK-47 and a AR-15 rifle. I used super sonic and subsonic ammunition along with a Gemtech ONE suppressor on the 300 Blackout. For the AK-47 and AR-15 I only shot supersonic unsuppressed. I did change the microphone postion and distance for the AK-47 and AR-15.
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I’ve been recording many helicopters this summer and when this Huey became available I jumped on it. I placed several microphones around and inside while the helicopter was undergoing what they call “track and balance” tests. After the Huey was serviced and all the proper inspections take place they bring it out for a series of “track and balance” runs. I also was able to set microphones up when the Huey went for a few test flights. Below are some photos and a video from two separate recording sessions.
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