A few days ago I hit my old Sony 27 inch tube television set with a sledgehammer. (yeah, it was fun!) It had been sitting around for years after being retired for a new widescreen LCD TV. I bought this TV back in 1995 after many nights watching a battered up 14 inch TV. OK, history over…. Now the fun stuff. I moved the really heavy TV down to my foley recording area outside and on the way it got banged up and fell apart. Good thing because the tube part of the TV was not damaged and made for an easy target with the sledgehammer.
I set up a Sanken CSS-5 and a Sony PCM-D1 directly in front of the tube within 3 feet or so. I grabbed the sledgehammer, wound up and Boom! I was wearing hearing protection and it was the right choice because the tube breaking was really loud! It sounded like an glass explosion and I felt it all through my body. When I listened back to the recording I noticed the CSS-5 and SD 702 had clipped quite a bit even though I had the internal pad on and the volume set where I thought I would be safe. I was worried because in the headphones it sounded like crap and I was thankful I had the PCM-D1 as a back up. There were no re-takes for this session. After a little mastering all was not lost.
The audio clip below has the (1) PCM-D1 (2) CSS-5 (3) Mix (4) Mix at half speed through Decapitator and Ren-Bass. Enjoy! -Frank