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Essential smartphone apps for field recording?

I personally have an iphone and I use the living heck out it when going out for a shoot - planned or otherwise. Here's my list: Maps Top of my list. I use it to bookmark locations that may or may ...
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Battery options for your recording rig

So I have this recorder that likes to eat AA batteries for breakfast. I need to buy something way more efficient, but it may come at a cost. But must it? The setup I'm looking at right now is a IDX ...
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Who has / uses a single point surround mic?

Often called a surround mic, an ambisonics mic, and a few other names I've heard and can't remember. It's a 4 channel microphone that can be perfectly folded down to mono or out to 10.2, or anywhere ...
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Recording on impulse! Strategies for being prepared?

Hey folks. For those of you who do a lot of recordings on the go, how do you strategize being prepared? I'm not satisfied with my GO! set-up, which is hyper-minimalist: I carry a Zoom H4 with me at ...
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Figuring out if I'm “allowed” to record something

So I'm trying to follow the lead that many of you have shown (both here and on your own sites) and am trying to create small field recording projects for myself. One in particular that I've always ...
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Wind Protection - options

Quick Q for you guys - I'm looking at a new wind protection system for use with a Sanken CS-1 (subject to change mind you, might swap for a hyper cardioid at some point..) for SFX collection. Anyway, ...
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Can anyone recomend a place to hire high quality shotgun mics in the UK?

I'm trying to find a place where I can hire some better quality shotgun mics from for a short project in the UK. Curently the best I can find is a 416. Does anyone know or recomend a place where I ...
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re: recording ultrasonic frequencies

I'm looking into putting together a rig that can really capture ultrasonic frequencies for the purposes of varispeeding down during sound design, and I'd like a little input from those of you who have ...
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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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Binaural Recording and Asset Creation

Those of you doing binaural field recording, or those who have experience with it: What kind of setup are you using? What have you found creates the most accurate sound field? Are most of your ...
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Should I Buy A Sony PCM-M10?

I have a first generation M-Audio Microtrack (which I'm not a fan of) and was looking to pickup another portable recorder that I can fit in my pocket and barely notice it's there. This guy is getting ...
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Rock-solid telescoping mic boom arms?

I'm tired of using El Cheapo mic boom arms whose knobs don't keep the telescoping arms from rotating, whos knobs are hard to tighten and loosen, and generally possess poor quality control. For heavy ...
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Best Budget Foley Field Recorder? £500 tops

Hey, I'm currently studying sound for film, tv and games and I'm looking for a field recorder to gather my own library of Foley sounds to pick and choose from. I don't have a huge budget which I ...
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The Sound That Got Away

In an effort to learn from the mistakes and misfortunes of others, I was wondering if anybody out there had any great "big fish" stories about field recording. What were you out to capture in the ...
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Can you plan field recording to avoid flight patterns / air traffic?

To piggyback on Colin's post about recording effects in urban environments. How do you avoid air traffic? I'm in DC and between two major airports and in the flyover zone for the Pentagon and White ...
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On the hunt for a new pair of ears

Hey. I'm looking for a new pair of lightweight and compact (ideally closed back) headphones for field recording as my DT100s are a little bulky and I'm not happy with the quality with any other pair ...
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Recommendations for a beginner setup

I am just learning more about the sound design field and plan on going to school for it (1 year away from earning bachelors in English) but want to teach myself before I start hacking out money for ...
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Career Potential in Field Recording

Hi there. After using field recordings prominently in my own creative work over the last couple of years and going on a few workshops I'm seriously considering it as a bread and butter work line. My ...
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Low-budget field recorder with good pre-amp

I'm working on a couple of mod projects and I sorely need some kind of a field recorder to get a lot of the sounds I need. I've read a lot about the Zoom H2 and H4, and I'm leaning towards the H2 due ...
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How often do you use limiters during field recording?

Most field mixers and portable recorders have basic limiters at least for the stereo output. Stereo linked, no threshold or release, just switch it on or off. When recording vocals I prefer recording ...
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Have you ever used parabolic reflectors for field recording?

I know that here is an dust-covered Sony reflector somewhere in the warehouse. It got lost when headquarters moved two years ago. I never used it so I´ve asked my boss to look for it in order to try ...
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What's a good basic mic set for recording SFX

Hi my name is Eric. I'm a 21 year old student and I'm going to Full Sail University here in Winter Park, FL. I'm getting my degree in Recording Arts, but I'm definitely more interested in audio post ...
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How to get organised…

Hi all, I know there are a few posts already discussing kit bags, but I'm wondering if anyone out there really has found the perfect bag yet? Organisation has to be one of the most important aspects ...
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Mic Position and Acoustics

Here is a general question for field recording: Do you go to great length to try to position whatever you are recording for best acoustics and mic position? Let's say you're recording an elephant. ...
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Favorite bracket for your favorite mics

Who has a favorite bracket for a pair of condensers they'd like to recommend? I'm thinking about either Oktavas or Earthworks, and would like the flexibility of recording in X-Y, ORTF and spaced pair ...
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Tips on Recording Gunshots

I'm headed down to Pennsylvania to help on a shoot this weekend, and I'm really excited because I'll be recording gunfire courtesy of a local Civil War reenactment group. I've never tried recording ...
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Small budget solution for portable recording

Before I start I have to admit: I am far, far away from being a pro - in fact, I am not even making sounds/music for a living. It´s what I love to do in my leisure time and that´s why my budget is a ...
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Portable Mic Preamp… Suggestions?

I am in the market for a portable, battery-powered microphone preamp for my shotgun. My Zoom H4n portable recorder does not seem to be driving my Rode NT2-A well enough, I would like to give it more ...
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My first field mic. [closed]

I'm in the market for a quality shotgun mic for field recording, foley, ADR, etc.... Budget: less than $1,200. I really like the Sennheiser MKH 416, but haven't had a chance to try many others. I ...
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DIY contact microphone

Hi! Using a contact microphone for field recordings seems to be popular and there's loads of tutorials for building one on the web. I bought the parts and am thinking of the adapter and ...
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Understanding Convolution Reverb

This question is more for me to understand the uses of convolution reverb, how to perform it, and clear up any misconceptions I have. As I understand it, to create a convolution impulse you: Set up ...
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Usefulness of “guerrilla” vs. “pro” recordings

Many of the sounds used in feature films are recorded by professional recordists using professional gear, ie. expensive mics, multiple mic setups, multichannel recorders, and multiple days on location....
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Tripods/Grips for Handheld Recorders

Does anyone have some suggestions for a small and portable tripod or grip for a basic handheld field recorder with tripod mount? I'm mainly looking for something that will help reduce handling noise.....
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1-bit recording?

24-bit 48kHz is the norm in film post-production here in LA, with new recordings and foley coming in at 96k or 192k. I'm recording at 96k most of the time and occasionally work with 192k samples when ...
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Organizing Libraries

It is fun to get outside and record, but I often have to get super motivated to edit and catalogue a bunch of my recordings. My blog has helped me with that, but I'm curious how folks catalogue their ...
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What sound samples haven't been recorded?

In the world of online sample packs, some sounds are far too easy to find (read: overload of the same thing in many sample packs). This may be dog barks, running water, etc. What I have found is that ...
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What are the small bits in your field recording bag?

Yes, yes, we've all got preamps and recorders and mics and cables and hoary marmots in our field recording sound bags. But what else is in your bag? What are the little bits and bobs you really ...
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“Guerilla” (not “Gorilla”) sound recording

I have, from time to time, experienced opposition to my recording at a certain location. Anyone who has done any significant amount of sound recording probably has. The only way to get around this ...
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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 insure your gear? Or do you?

I recently took a trip to Hawaii and decided to bring some of my recording gear with me to record some ambiances, whales and other things I don't get the chance to hear in Southern California. I went ...
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Using DAT for the first time…

Hi guys, I have my first big shoot starting tomorrow and have just been given a late equipment list. We've been given an HHB PDR 1000 TC, has anyone used this before? We'll be using 2 lavalier's along ...
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Has anyone used the Core Sound Mic2496?

My current setup is not as portable as I would like. I'm looking to put together a very portable kit for field recording. However, I'd rather not compromise too much on quality for portability. I'm ...