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The Recordist is proud to present a whole new series of HD Professional sound effects libraries featuring rare and unique guns. Second in the series is the Vickers .303 British machine gun. Recorded on a 400 acre ranch in North Idaho with a huge amount of microphones and handheld recorders. Perspectives include attached, very close, medium and distant. From just a few inches out to 150 meters this collection has you covered. 10 mono and 7 stereo microphones provide a wide range of source material from this amazing “Steam Punk” machine gun. The weapon recorded is authentic, not a replica.
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Idaho: June 5, 2019

The Recordist is pleased to announce GUNFALL (One) HD Professional. The first in a series of sound collections that feature gun drops, kicks, slides, drags, butt stock hits and general mechanical handling layers from a variety of firearms. Featuring handguns, assault rifles, bolt action rifles and shotguns (double barrel & tactical) against a wide selection of surfaces. Also included are interior and exterior versions for a few surfaces.
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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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During the month of April and into the first week of May 2016 I recorded in quite a few locations. I managed to borrow the Mossberg 5500 shotgun from a friend and recorded some fantastic sounding shots. I also shot a Mossberg 590 and a Benelli M4 in some of these locations. I attached a DPA 4062 lav microphone to the semi-automatic shotguns and placed a close up MKH8050 near the breach and set one or two stereo microphoes nearby for the echo tail.

Here are some of the photos and video frame grabs from those sessions. The second Shotguns HD Pro teaser trailer is also featured.

Enjoy! -Frank
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The recording sessions for Shotguns HD Pro are complete. During month of March 2016 and into April I recorded in many locations in and around North Idaho. Most of the time I was doing the shooting by myself and one other time I had a fantastic shooter handling the chore. Here are a few photos from the recording sessions that took place during the last remaining sound effects gathering dates.

I recorded in my yard, at a nice mountain quarry with a spectacular view of the “Lake” as we call it up here and a wide open 400 acre ranch with virtually no echo tail. Having a near “echo free” environment to record a Lavalier microphone attached to a semi-automatic shotgun was fantastic. Also, the sound obtained from the other microphones placed at various distances was interesting indeed. Just the loud, punchy shot transient with a echo tail that came back three seconds later and was 2000 feet away.

Enjoy! -Frank
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Over the past few months I had the honor of beta testing the Oxford Envolution plug-in from Sonnox. I normally don’t plug a plug-in directly but in this case I really want to share my experience using this new envelope shaper on the latest addition to my Suppressed Weapons Sound FX library. Right off the bat I will say WOW! I’ve never experienced such a unique and powerful transient and sustain manipulator on suppressors. I’ve used many including their TransMod plugin and always find new and exciting ways to enhance the sound effects I include in my libraries with envelope shaping.
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Suppressed Weapons Update
Stage 2 recording and post production has been underway all summer and continues into the Fall. So far over 15 location recording sessions have been completed, some small and some large. Many locations were used to provide the sound designer with an abundance of unique spaces. Close and distant microphones were used that can be mixed and matched to produce realistic and not so realistic suppressor sounds. I have a few more recording sessions planned that should round out the collection.
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Coming very soon from THE RECORDIST: Suppressed Weapons HD Professional Sound Effects Library. The first of it’s kind, this collection is dedicated to the sound of suppressors. For the last year I have been recording various gun suppressors in the wilds of North Idaho. This new collection includes some of the quietest suppressors on the market today. If you have ever been near a full auto M-16 machine gun without a suppressor you know how LOUD it is. Well, it’s been completely tamed with a very fine suppressor. Stage 1 is nearing completion and will be available in just a few days. Stage 2 will be recorded this fall with a completely different set of suppressors. Stay tuned for more information.

Check out the teaser videos on what’s to come:

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Sometimes You Just Roll With it…

Being a sound effects recordist has it’s special moments… moments when you just have to let go and qo with the day. It’s been a while since I have experienced this as running my online business, contract sound design work and all the other things that go along with living life as a self employed maniac take up all of my time and having a structured schedule is a priority. Every now and then something comes up where you just have to throw all this out the window and go with the moment.

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MuaserHere is the sound of a custom Mauser 6.5×300 Weatherby rifle I recorded during the cliff bullet ricochet sessions earlier in September 2012. This is a special rifle that shoots large custom bullets. The shell is squeezed down in size to fit the barrel. I’m not sure why, but someone does.
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