On Sunday, August 8th 2010 I was sitting on my deck after a sweaty rock recording trip watching the meteor shower over the north sky whan I heard this “Buzzzzzzz…. Thwack!” I turned around and saw this huge bug on the deck trying to get himself upright and fly toward the porch light. It seems he hit the side of the house so hard that a wing busted off.
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Ultimate Rockslide SFX Recording Pics, August 8, 2010

On Sunday, August 8th, 2010 I made one last trek up to the rock quarry blasting area to record the final sounds needed for my Ultimate Rockslide SFX Library. I was looking to get breaking, scraping, movements and impacts. After an hour of throwing rocks, climbing around the cliff and pushing boulders around I had 100 new sounds. Needless to say my legs were quite sore the next day. I’m not in the same shape I was 20 years ago but it was well worth the pain the next day. Below are some of the photos.

-Frank
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My photos from some of the recording sessions for my new Professional sound effects library called Ultimate Concrete Recorded at 24-Bit/96kHz with a multitude of microphones and portable flash recorders over the last year in Sandpoint, Idaho.

I recorded many cement blocks, slabs, bricks, clay pots, debris drops, wheel barrel dumps, etc. A great way to keep in shape or throw out your back.

A special thanks goes out to my John Deere 4110 tractor which made the large concrete slab recordings possible.
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I walked out to my garage early this morning and heard a strange buzzing sound coming from the back. I saw a single bee sitting there and it was making a sound I have never heard before. I am used to hearing them buzz as they fly against the window trying to get out. This was different, it was like it was talking.
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Rock Recording on April 25 2010

I have a quarry that was blasted out a few years ago nearby. I found an area they blasted that had very large rocks just waiting to be recorded. I climbed up the steep and jagged cliff and pushed, threw and kicked rocks over the side. Dangerous…. but I made it. Below are some sounds. Enjoy! – Frank
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Gun Recording on May 30, 2010

Over the holiday weekend I decided to give a shot at recording guns. My sister and her friend were hanging around so we grabbed his Glock 19 and I had my Remington 870 Shotgun. We shot over 150 rounds of ammunition.

We need something to prevent bullet ricos so I found a very wet bail of hay in the garden and proceeded to install it with the JD. I learned a great deal and plan to do much more with different guns, microphones and locations. Gear included: SD702/CSS5 and FR2/AT835ST at 24Bit-192k
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Recording another wood slash pile fire in my yard in October, 2009

I recorded this slash fire at 24Bit / 96kHz with a Sound Devices 702 High-Resolution Audio Recorder and a Audio-Technica AT-835ST stereo shotgun microphone. As the fire settled down I threw campfire oil and gasoline on the hot coals and recorded the fire burst. Check out the sounds below.
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In February 2010 I drove up the hill behind my house once again and recorded more ice breaking. Keep in mind this “back hill” peak is actually 4000 feet above Sandpoint, Idaho. This time I found a very large water containment pond that had frozen solid when it was extremely cold back in January. The standing water under the ice had drained away and the top 10 inches or so of ice had collapsed in on itself. It was hollow under the ice and around the edges the ice was still hanging on to the rock like a ledge. This made for some rare ice recording and I was ready! I was able to break away chunks of ice at least 8 inches thick and throw them around. I got some really good sounds of heavy pieces of ice sliding, scraping, dropping and hitting.
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Living Dangerously!

Back in February 2010 I gathered all my camp stove oil, gasoline and diesel and decided it was time to burn a brush pile that had built up over the last 3 years. It was quite large and somewhat wet underneath so LOTS of fuel was needed. I grabbed my SD-702 / AT-835ST /Sony PCM-D1 and started to burn!
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December 3, 2009

Drove up the back hill and recorded more ice puddle breaking. The temperature the night before was around 8 degrees so the ice in the puddle had re-frozen harder than yesterday. I brought the 702/CSS5 setup and dropped rocks on the ice puddle. A helicopter was overhead so some takes did not come out very good. I then recorded with the Sony PCM-D1 and got some close, hard breaks and stomped my foot down hard on the ice. I actually got very muddy even with the 18 degree temperature at the time.
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