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Ultimate Chain SFX Library Preview 2

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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Chains and Sennheiser MKH8040 MKH416 Comparison

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.

The first set is chains at normal playback speed with the Sennheiser MKH-8040 and MKH-416. The second set is a modified sample rate of 48k playing back two octaves down.

Chains 8040 MKH416 Comparison by therecordist

There is a remarkable difference in the upper mids and highs. I really like my MKH-416 and will never stop using it for a lot of my sound effects recording but for some content the 8040s really shine.

I did hear more of the garage reverberation with the 8040 than the MKH-416 even though I was close miking the chain and other metal objects. The MKH-416 being a shotgun mic with very good side and rear rejection. Overall I was impressed with the 8040 and it’s cardiod sound.

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11

Chain Recording 5-25-11