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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What does the Arizona desert sound like?

Hi, Could anyone give me a quick rundown on what the desert in Arizona sounds like? e.g. are there crickets? any particular types of birds, or any other distinctive sounds to that part of the world. ...
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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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What sound represents “happy”

What sounds could represent bright, happy, joyful, youthful, naturalness?
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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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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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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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Sony D50 or Røde NT4 for recording quiet ambience?

I have a Fostex FR2-LE and need a stereo mic for ambience and various quiet stereo recordings. I am between geeting a Røde NT4 and using it with my Fostex or getting a Sony PCM D50 to use the built in ...
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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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recording summer ambiences

i'm working on a short feature film where i need to provide some interesting summer ambiences, the sweat, humidity and moistness apparent in the visual scene needs to be depicted in ambient sound. ...
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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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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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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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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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External noise in field recordings.

So I'm finally wrapping up the Doors project (I know. I procrastinated. I apologize - I'm really busy, though! That's my excuse!). I couldn't help but notice while being out field recording: THERE IS ...
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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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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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Making stereo out of mono.

I got a small video to mix turned over to me where the ambiences were all mono (this was a quickie and the FX were cut by the picture editor). It may be quicker for me to find some stereo FX to place ...
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lend me an ear?

hi everyone, i'm new here to the forum as well as the sound design field in general. been experimenting with some soundscapes of my own, bumbling about in my own way, and was wondering if anyone can ...
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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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Looking for a high quality (UK) summer ambience

I hope people don't mind me posting a request, say so if you do. But I think that exchanging sounds is part of being in a community :-) Anyway, I'm stuck in South Africa and in winter, but for a ...
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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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authentic sounds

Hello all, I'm just mixing the first episode of an animated series. Unlike other shows I've done this one has a very specific location (in this case Vienna). The guys in tracklay gave me perfectly ...
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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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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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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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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 ...