You are recording yourself typing right now.

You've just destroyed an expensive piece of equipment during a session, but you're OK with that because it sounded cool.

You accidentally dropped a bottle of something and it broke, smashing everywhere, and the first thought through your head was "Man, I wish I had recorded that..."

These are just a few off the top of my head... Let's start an amazing list!!!

(source: shootfirst.co.uk)

  • Iain, that is an amazing picture... – Colin Hart May 29 '10 at 15:27
  • I don't have a photo of it, but something very similar happened to me with a falcon once. The windscreen looked just like the lure the trainer used in the bird's act and to the bird thought it was food--just grabbed hold with its beak and would not let go. Got the whole thing on tape someplace. – Joe Griffin May 31 '10 at 2:45
  • Coming back to this a year later - it's hilarious that this picture is on this post, since I have now had a zeppelin eaten by a gator :-) – Colin Hart Sep 3 '11 at 7:12
  • Has it really been a year? Wow. I love SSD. I'm going to buy a t-shirt that says that. And then answer this thread again with that as one of the points ... – Utopia Sep 4 '11 at 4:37

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... because you habitually fill out the tip and total on a restaurant or bar bill written as timecode values instead of decimals.

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    ... And then when the waitress walks back and points out it's wrong to you, you take a look at it and say "Oh! Sorry! My mistake... I should have put a semicolon and not a colon... Darn that dropframe..." :) – Utopia Sep 3 '11 at 23:42

1) You've returned home and had to remove condoms, gaff tape, a couple mic clips, and a few patch cables to get to your keys.

2) You were puzzled by the shock of everyone around you as you pulled those items out of your pockets/bag.

3) You grit your teeth every time you hear high frequency feedback.

4) You've been questioned by campus authorities as to why you were hanging around a hallway dropping different pens for 2 hours.

5) You build a soundscape in your head every morning on the bus because the engine sounds cool.

  • I once used an old schoolbus's engine in place of a tank's engine in a film. Sounded awesome. And check on #3 for me. – Utopia Sep 7 '11 at 23:32
  • #4! Oh, man that's good! – Audiophile.2010 Mar 20 '12 at 21:35

...your sms message tone is the Wilhelm Scream.


your car crashes down a cliff AND you have a recorder on AND you have practically broken all your bones, the first thing you say is, "I hope that didn't clip!"


You play a mental game with yourself guessing how many people, their size, if they have a dog, and their gender, based on sound information alone, have just passed behind you while sitting on a parkbench. (Also a good game at the beach.)


You're in a basement just outside Joplin, MO as the tornado hits and you're cursing yourself because it's THE ONE TIME you didn't bring your field recorder!


You sit on the toilet and reflect about its shape and volume and wonder what is its resonance frequency?


Your car numberplate ends with the letters OMF and you know what it means.

It is sad to say that mine really does end in OMF, a friend has DAE.


You know how long it takes for an overhead jet to 'clear'

(something like 45-55 sec, or about 1:30-1:47 if they're flying low and there's no obstructions to baffle it)


... you have more than 6 answers in this thread.


A few nights ago at a big train station in London, this VERY loud alarm started pulsing, followed by an automated message.

instead of worrying/finding an exit....I got my recorder out :)


..you get cought by roommates being in wardrobe full of blankets, tearing apart books

..you wish you sometimes had self-built de-esser


... roomtone is the absolute highlight of your vacation hotel stay.


... you correct children playing with toy lightsabers that the sound they are making with their lips while they swing is not the proper pitch and the doppler effect could be better.


You ask your wife (girlfriend, sister, ... mom...) to teach you how to walk in high heels to deliver better foley tracks.


You ever, on purpose, stood on your cat's tail with a cadiod pointing at his head to finish up your night ambience

  • That's mean man, the only "bad" thing I've done to my dog is get him excited to go for a walk and lock him in the room to get some whining and crying. – Stephen Saldanha Mar 21 '12 at 4:15

You wish people's voice was de-essed.

You cringe when you hear mic rumble.

You end up with 3 hours of recording when you only needed that bird.

You find out the road is nowhere to be found (and your car for that matter).

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