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.
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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!

Ultimate Rockslide

Dangerous sharp rocks in the blasted area

Ultimate Rockslide

Excavator dropping a boulder

Ultimate Rockslide

Throwing rocks down a steep dirt road

Ultimate Rockslide

Softer rocks that break apart when falling

Ultimate Rockslide

Small rockslide debris and shale

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

Broken Beetle Bug Recording

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.

I sat there for a while and kept hearing a buzz and then a soft hit so I went and got my recorder and followed the bug around. Every time he tried to take off and fly he flew in circles and crash landed. He would end up on his back with his legs furiously trying to get himself turned over and ready for takeoff. Now and then he would scurry away towards the wall and try and climb up. He eventually landed on the recorder and made some cool vocal squeaks. I had a very hard time getting him off the recorder. (Sony PCM-D1)

Below are some crazy bug sounds.

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing attempting flight

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing aborted takeoff

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing trying to get flipped

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing OK now

Broken Beetle 8-8-10

Beetle with a broken wing on the PCM-D1