In the near future I'll be renting out a Sound Devices 702 in order to experiment with recording various sounds at 192kHz - and I'd like some suggestions on what will yield the most interesting and useful additions to my sound library.
Already on my list are:
- Human screeches, grunts and monster-like vocals
- Metal groans and scrapes
- Rice sprinkled into liquid
- Water splashes and sloshes
I'm just renting it for an evening, so I'm trying to plan ahead and make the best use of my time/money.
UPDATE: I ended up renting a Sound Devices 702T for a week and really enjoyed what I got out of it. So I'm sharing my experiences in case this is useful to anyone.
Slowing down audio recorded at 192kHz was a lot of fun and produced some incredible results and I started to get a feel for what sounds yield the richest results when slowed down. Metal and the human voice produce splendid results, since those sources have a nice spread of frequencies, while breaking wood is more mid heavy and it just sounded low fi and dull when slowed down. I did find that at 1/10th speed there was some narrow band noise at around 10kHz, but it was easy to notch out without impacting on the desired sound.
Here's some of the most useful and successful things I recorded: - Human voice: Even coughs or sneezes become these huge alien roars when slowed down and pitch shifted. Can't have enough of this stuff. - Metal: Pretty obvious, but really happy with how big and dangerous you can make metal sound when stretched out - Water: Did a big session of jumping into pools and holding these large, punctured tubs upside down underwater to create big frothing bubbling sounds. These pitch really nice and add well to underwater scenes. - Water balloons: Super refreshing and they sound like a distant explosion when you stretch out the burst. Plus the jiggly water sounds that follow are very nice. - Quiet atmos: The 702T was amazing for this. The noise floor is super low and I was able to record the best bird, wind and insect tracks I've ever been able to.
Some other items had unexpected or average results. I collected metal pins and badges, which slowed down just sounded like clanging bells. I was hoping for a more ringing, delicate metallic sound. Maybe needed to use higher quality metal. Stretching out glass sounds tended to make them almost like metal. Again not as delicate as I imagined.
It was a really successful series of sessions and I ended up getting 8GB of good, finished material which I've already started using in projects. As much as I love the design of the 702T (aside from the tiny notches on the levels knob that are hard to make out) it's not like I need to record bird calls at 192kHz every day, but it's a definitely a great rental piece of gear for my current needs though.