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Quiet Ambience Recording Tips

So I got a chance to visit an old church today which is over 300,000 square feet total with my recording equipment to poke around and see what I could find to record. Not a soul was on the premises ...
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Selling sound fx recorded in public places.

Hi all I was hoping some of you could tell me the rules or laws when selling ambience recordings from trainstations, beaches, playing grounds, busy city streets, or anywhere else where we hear people ...
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Atmos recording: MS vs. AB vs. XY vs. ORTF

This may be a bit of a beginner's question, but I moved to NYC from australia and left my second Oktava cardioid behind. I need to record some ambiences for a film, and I was wondering what you ...
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Avant Garde Enthusiasts (drone, noise etc..)

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas. I've been meaning to put this up for a while, but i've been hesitant because I don't wanna look like some weirdo. Like the title suggests i'm pretty much into ...
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How do you record your ambiences?

This question is mainly aimed at generic ambiences. So for instance, the type you'd find in a library rather than recorded specifically for a scene. I'm curious as to what microphones and stereo ...
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Ambience cuts between shots

Forgive me if someone else has already asked this, but I just did a "just for fun" sound design on a short film I found and I had a bit of a problem. The film is cutting between a sniper and a victim,...
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Zoom H4N - Opinions?

There are so many reviews spread around the web about the Zoom H4N, some of them praise this recorder, other say some things about bad preamps, hissy mics etc... Who has had experiences with this ...
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Stereo ambience - microphone selection

Hey all. I Have a hard time deciding if i shall order the MKH 8040/MKH 30 MS rig or not. Today i record most of my stereo ambiences with NT4 in a blimp into my SD702. Actually i think this sounds ...
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When worldizing a voice, do you capture ambience tracks?

Question: If you worldize a few lines of dialogue to make them sound like they are coming from down a stairwell, or down a hallway, and you record with stereo mics or whatever, do you make sure to ...
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Scanner/Radio/Transmission Fans out there?

I recently found this amazing site that mixes a live feed of carefully selected ambient music tracks from soundcloud with police scanner chatter from several cities (only one city at a time) that ...
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Getting ambience when it is really quiet.

Hi there, I just got back from an amazing weekend in the lowvelt of South Africa recording birds, leopards, lions and of course, ambience. It is winter here so a lot of the bird life is away up north....
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Building Ambiences From Scratch

I'm wondering if any of you guys have any tips or tricks for creating realistic ambiences from scratch, i.e. without using any pre-recorded material. I'm working on a radio drama set in a lunar ...
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Middle Eastern Atmos

Heading to Saudi Arabia later this week for a doc. Should have several days off in which I plan to do as much field recording as possible. Any thoughts regarding what to record/specific requests?
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Advice for recording in high humidity

I have a film project later in the year that will require ambience recording in Samoa in high humidity - I'd appreciate any advice of potential issues from any similar experiences?
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City ambiences: what do you need?

I live in Chicago, and lately I've been doing a fair amount of ambience recording in the various neighborhoods and downtown. So many city ambiences on SFX CDs sound like Manhattan at rush hour to me, ...
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Neumann KM 183 Stereo Pair

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience of using these for recording outdoor atmos and quiet room tones? I would like a pair of omnis to record open outdoor spaces and from what I understand ...
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First time field-recording! 4-channel vs. 2-channel stereo ambience

First question on here... So I will be doing lots of field recording in Asia for the next few months. I've got a sennheiser me66 for mono spot fx, which is linked into a zoom h4n via the sound ...
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Kontakt or other sampler/synth software for sound design ?

Hi everybody, I was reading this article : http://soundandpictureonline.com/2010/12/a-medal-mix-the-ea-sound-team-talks-audio-production/ I was wondering if Kontakt or any other sampler/synth could ...
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Beautiful ambience. What does that mean to you?

Personal question time - which will actually seriously help me with a project. Can you describe in as much detail as is relevant what is, to you, a beautiful calming space. For me, it's the middle of ...
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How do you design a cricket sound?

Does anyone have any tricks for designing a sound like a cricket or crickets? I live in Scotland and recording actual crickets obviously isn't an option!
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Making recorded ambient/BG sounds more like they're coming through a wall/window effectively?

Hi all, Currently working on a project where the use of "off screen" background sounds (ie streets, car passbys, crowds etc)in interior locations is very important. Any interesting tips on ...
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That deep Drone / Ambient texture

Hi, Always asked myself how to achieve that deep sound using reverb like in Kerovnian, Megaptera or Amon productions... I tried with no success cuting freqencies below 40 and above 2K with large hall ...
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Microphone Disguising

I love the story Ren Klyce tells in his Soundworks profile for Benjamin Button about how one of the field recordists recorded ambiences inside retirement homes to capture completely natural and real ...
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Mics for ambience recordings?

Hi all Ive been thinking about upgrading my set of mics for ambience recordings. So far, I am very happy with using a set of DPA 4060's, when recording more loud places, and for stealth like ...
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Legalities of sport TV in background?

For a movie I'm working on, I need some small rugby crowd ambiences. So I went to a pub to record some, but the TV was up a bit too present. It's non-distinct, but audible nonetheless. My question is ...
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general ambiences with street music performance

I made some street recordings with music playing in background. In one case, it was a musician, who was improvising on a saxophone in a metro station. In another, i recorded a city park ambience with ...
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Oktava or Audio-Technica for Omni Ambience Recording?

I´m getting a rig to record quiet ambience with a Jecklin disc or simply using a spaced technique and would like to know if anyone has experience comparing the Audio-Technica AT4022 and the Oktava ...
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Ambiences - MKH418S / Sony ECM MS5 / Rode NT4 (x/y)

Good morning from Prague, today, I'm recording some stereo ambiences for a short film. Shame on me, but I used M-S mic just once so far for a school exercise. (We had to create some layered ambiences ...
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Distinct Ambient Noises: Consistency, or Variety?

As I am working through a scene, and contemplating this question on my own, I thought it wise to tap into the experiential resource that is SocialSoundDesign.... Let's get your insight! The sound: ...
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Use of reverbs in mixing.

How often do you use reverb in mixing sound effects? I know it's essential for dialogue, however, how do you apply it to effects? Do you have a template which automatically assigns all of your spot ...
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Scales vs. Harmonic Notes

If an ambient sound is to be generated with specific frequencies, would it, in general, sound better if those frequencies are notes selected from a specific scale, or frequencies that are all harmonic ...
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Low ambient noise in silent sections

I used a pair Behringer C-4 connected directly to the Marantz field recorder in manual mode to record a grand piano in a live performance (not a studio). Now I have low amplitude ambient noice sounds ...
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Stereo Width in Oktava M/S recordings

I wanted to experiment with M/S as I had not tried it before so set up a cheap rig using a couple of Oktavas with the figure of 8 adapter. I've done a few recordings outside my window and mastered ...
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Jecklin Stereo with Lavs?

Has anyone ever set up a semi-Jecklin-Disc-style stereo rig with two omni lavalieres with sound-absorbing material in between? I suspect that a lot of us are perfectly aware of binaural recording ...
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India Street Ambience

I'm right now working on a film with an intro much like The Hurt Locker but this film is in India. Estab shots on slums and poverty-stricken streets. I really like the intro to The Hurt Locker with ...
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Looking for right Car Park ambience…

Hi, Been searching for the right ambience for this scene and all my car park ambiences are too busy, or in the daytime, or just not right. I'm wondering if anyone knows a sample library that has ...
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How much do you move your mics while capturing ambiences?

While recording ambiences, do you let you mics sit still and not move them at all for the amount of time you record or do you move them around to get a more dynamic/changing sound? I tried some ...
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Recording room ambience

What would be the best way to record room ambience for ambience fx (not room tone for dialogue) with one mic? I'm limited on that side. Should i just transform mono to stereo later?
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Handheld recorders for BGs and Ambiences

Hi everyone, I'm looking into a handheld for the sole purpose of recording those quick one-off ambiences: a subway station late at night, wind whistling in a stairwell of somewhere you're visiting ...
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How many folks going into record and walk away in quiet settings?

when recording nature sounds and ambiences I often setup and get out of the way . . . literally! How many folks going into record and get out the way when overlapping your recordings is a high risk.
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PZMs for ambience recording?

Seems our sound design forum is leaning more and more towards gear and technique these days…which is actually pretty great because sound design occurs not only in the box but out in the world. Has ...
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Recording City Ambiance

Hi everyone. Just wondering if anyone had any tips on recording city and town ambiances? I have access to a few different kinds of microphone so is there any specific type I should record with? ...
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Recording Ambience with a shotgun

Does anybody record ambiences with a shotgun? I mean, it seems feasible if you are careful about it and then piecing them together in post. It almost seems more ideal since you can pick out the ...
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Ambients from Tokyo

Hi Guys, I am now editing the sound for a documentry with some footage shooted in Tokyo, I've been looking for some ambients in my library, but still unhappy with the result. If someone have some good ...
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Favorite SW USA desert recording locals?

I plan on doing some southwestern US desert recordings this summer, was wondering if you'd share your favorite places to record in that region for "wild-west" "desert-y" ambiances? (anywhere in CA, NV,...
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How to make a lead similar to a circular saw

How to make a lead like in Notre-Dame de Paris - La monture at the first 4 seconds? This sound is similar to a circular saw. It is often used to represent aridity. ...
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Desolation / Desert Ambiences

I am working on a short film that was shot in a middle-eastern desert. The visual scenery is mainly composed of dark sand, deep blue skies and a general desolated atmosphere. Unfortunately, all field ...
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The sound/ambience of Seattle

Hey all, I'm about to start cutting some sounds for a scene taking place in Seattle. I haven't been there. For those of you who've been there or live there, is there anything I should keep in mind, ...
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Audio Story Mixing

Hi, I recently put together an audio story. I was looking for a bit of feedback about how it has been mixed. It consists of a narration, a night-time room ambience of crickets, various sound-effects, ...
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single point stereo m/s NOT shotgun

I've been unsuccessfully looking for a single point stereo MS mic, that isn't a shotgun, for some time. I had the Sony ECM MS957 many years ago and that's hardly professional. I've used the VP88 for ...