Heavy Log Drop Recording 9-5-2010

Since I had way more important things to do this Sunday morning I decided to set up the rig and record some large logs being dropped. These logs were on the lower part of the property and I have to eventually move them up closer to the barn so I can cut them to length, split and stack them in the shed. But, before that could happen they needed to be recorded, I only want to move them once.

I set up the mics (Sanken CSS-5, AT-835ST and Sony PCM-D1) at the bottom of the hill I dug out a few months back. I positioned my John Deere tractor on the upper part of the hill so I could have at least 12 feet of drop. The logs were heavy so I could only pick up and drop 2 at a time.

It was a little windy, cars were driving by and the neighbors decided that since I was recording they would start their chainsaws and cut firewood for the winter. Bummer, delayed. I waited about an hour and finally had my chance. I got some pretty good recordings I think given the situation.

Wood Log Heavy Drops 09-05-10 by therecordist

Here is a Quicktime video from the session: CLICK HERE (will work on iPhone, iPad, etc)

This is my first attempt at editing video so it’s kind of rough around the edges. The video also includes the audio from the Sanken CSS-5.

BTW: Ignore the music in the video, it’s a stupid pop song I wrote and recorded back in 1984. I wanted to have some music in the background to mask the bad FlipHD camera audio and since I own the copyright I can sue myself for using it without my permission.

Heavy log drops

Heavy log drops recorded on 9-5-2010, on my North Idaho ranch.

Heavy log drops

Heavy log drops recorded on 9-5-2010, on my North Idaho ranch.

Heavy log drops

Heavy log drops recorded on 9-5-2010, on my North Idaho ranch.

Heavy log drops

Heavy log drops recorded on 9-5-2010, on my North Idaho ranch from FlipHD.

Heavy log drops

Heavy log drops recorded on 9-5-2010, on my North Idaho ranch from FlipHD.

Wood SFX Recording 08-29-10

For a few years now I have been slowly building up a collection of wood based sound effects. I have recorded almost everything I could from gigantic trees falling and rotten stump rips to small branches breaking.

Earlier this year I found a busted up tree fort some kids must have built many years ago in the woods behind my house. A nearby dead tree had fallen right through the structure and split it in half and left all the wood laying on the ground. The wood had been there for many years and was very wet from all the forest debris building up. I salvaged as much lumber as I could and moved it to my open field so it could dry out under the summer sun.

The sounds and the FlipHD frame grabs below are from a recent recording session for one of my next SoundBox PRO collections called “Ultimate Wood”. (I know, I know, sounds like the title of a porn movie)

Equipment used: Sound Devices 702, Sanken CSS-5, Sony PCM-D1

Wood SFX Recording 08-29-10 by therecordist

Wood SFX Recording 08-20-10

Very old and dry plywood cracks and rips.

Wood SFX Recording 08-20-10

Very old and dry plywood cracks and rips.

Wood SFX Recording 08-20-10

Very old and dry plywood cracks and rips.

Wood SFX Recording 08-20-10

Very old and dry plywood cracks and rips.

Wood SFX Recording 08-20-10

A large wood beam tossed on plywood with a big bounce. The wood seems to float.

Mud Recording Photo Gallery

Here are some pics from my forthcoming “Mud” SoundBox HD. Enjoy the aroma!

Get ready for some spooge!!! Some of these sound like irritated midget mud spores on cocaine.

Mud Recording Blog Demo 1 by therecordist

Water Splash

Mud recording session, my feet got stuck way too many times.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, the shovel made great suction sounds.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, foot imprints.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, this got messy, pulling the bucket out made crazy sounds.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, OK I admit this is gross.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, dried up a little so I trenched more water in.

Water Splash

Mud recording session, horrible stink going on.

Prop Plane Recording August 14th 2010

August 14, 2010, Sandpoint, Idaho – Early Saturday morning I was out in the garden picking fresh raspberries and thinking about what I was going to do for the day when I heard this distant hum overhead. Then out of the blue, 3 bi-planes in formation flew very low over. I thought to myself “this is very strange way out here in the country” so I ran inside and searched the internet for any kind of air show event in North Idaho. I found The 6th annual Sandpoint Fly-In event was happening now.

With all that I had to do today the last thing I thought of doing was to gear up and go record. What the hell I thought, when you get the chance to record something cool, go get it. So, I packed up my CSS-5 and the 702 and headed for town.

When I got there dozens of prop planes were parked and flying around. There is always a band playing at these kind of events so I walked to the end of the runway where they start begin take-off. After a few minutes planes started pulling up and performing a quick engine run-up as they prepared for take off. Nobody really bothered me as I was standing in the scorching sun with a boom and a microphone. The airport security guys just waved as the drove by on ATV’s. Small town airports are great, you can wander around very close to the runway as long as you don’t step out on the runway.

I was able to get right up next to and behind the airplanes as they were getting ready for departure. I got some great recordings with minimal background destractions. Check them out below.

I really should have been painting the garage.

Prop plane engine starts, run-up’s and taxi by’s:

Vintage and stunt prop plane pass by’s:

Airplanes 2010

1941 Naval Aircraft Factory N3N-3 “Yellow Peril” (4417)

Airplanes 2010

1927 Curtiss Wright Travel Air 4000 (NC1499)

Airplanes 2010

1928 Boeing B-40C Mail plane. The only B-40-C flying & oldest Boeing flying

Airplanes 2010

1928 Boeing B-40C Mail plane. The only B-40-C flying & oldest Boeing flying

Airplanes 2010

1930 Laird model LC-1B-300 NC10402 engine running

Airplanes 2010

1930 Laird model LC-1B-300 NC10402 and Sanken CSS-5 Microphone

Images and sounds copyright 2010 Frank Bry – Creative Sound Design. All Rights Reserved.

The Story Behind Ultimate Rockslide SFX Library

There has not been a video game that I have worked on that didn’t need rock sound effects. Whether it was stuff blowing up, melee impacts, giant footsteps, or castles crumbling, I was always looking for tons of rock source recordings.

I started recording rocks in 1993 with a portable Panasonic SV-255 DAT recorder at 16-Bit 48kHz. By the end of the decade, I had acquired hundreds of rock and dirt material recordings. It was a good thing too, because they came in very handy for my video game sound design. You can hear some of them on major CD libraries.

Needless to say, I love rocks. When I made the transition to high definition audio I wanted to start all over again. So, in early 2007, I embarked on a rock recording journey that ended with the completion of my Ultimate Rockslide Sound Effects Library.

Sometimes recording was very dangerous and on occasion I was foolish enough to go out alone and push boulders off the top of blasted out mountain tops. But all is well, and I only ended up with sore arms and legs and minor scratches.

I hope you enjoy using these rock recordings in your productions as much as I enjoyed recording them. Long live Rocks!

Check out the library and full audio demo here.

-Frank

Ultimate Rockslide

OK, now for the big ones... push!

Large Rockslides 06-29-2010 by therecordist

Ultimate Rockslide

Dangerous sharp rocks in the blasted area

Large Rockslides 04-25-2010 by therecordist

Ultimate Rockslide

Excavator dropping a boulder

Ultimate Rockslide Boulder Drop by therecordist

Ultimate Rockslide

Throwing rocks down a steep dirt road

Ultimate Rockslide Medium Debris by therecordist

Ultimate Rockslide

Softer rocks that break apart when falling

Ultimate Rockslide

Small rockslide debris and shale

Ultimate Rockslide Small Debris by therecordist

Ultimate Rockslide

Dropping and cracking rocks in my foley pit

Ultimate Rockslide

An oldie but a goodie from a North Idaho quarry in 1997 with ridiculously long hair