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Do you do long takes or short takes when recording SFX?

When you go out to do a recording session of something you control like dropping rocks, do you press record say take one "dropping rocks", then drop the rocks, press stop. Or do you keep recording and ...
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Your most interesting recording of 2010

I've seen this done on alot of photography websites, so I thought it would be nice to try it here. We have all been busy out recording this year, and I am just wondering what the most Unique and ...
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Best animal to record?

Animals can be a great source for sound design with the great variety of calls, movement, breathing etc. But what has been your favourite animal to record or is there an animal you just keep going ...
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How do you handle performers that want to “fix it in the mix”?

I've experienced this over and over with multiple performers: experienced and novices, instrumentalists and vocalists, groups and individuals, it doesn't seem specific to any group. They all think ...
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Steps to sound effects editing and mastering? Sounds you recorded.

So far what I do is Take the sound effect I recorded Drop it in pro tools Cut up The audio so I have pieces of sounds I will keep Then I name the sound Fade the sound on the back end Add a ...
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I'm having problems recording sound effects at low volumes

I have been recording sounds like a rubber glove on glass and its going in at -22db. If i turn it up more I get a lot of fuzzy noise. I recorded low then opened it in pro tools. I turned up the volume ...
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SFX recorded or library

Do you use SFX libraries (like Sound Ideas, Hollywood Edge ...) or do you record your own SFX?
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Field recording levels?

I am using a FR2-LE with a few different mics (condenser and Dynamic) and I have to turn the levels way up to get a signal around -6 to -3db. This is when I record sound effects like glass on glass, ...
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Anyone know of a VO booth for sale?

I work with a production company in Minneapolis and they want to purchase a voice over booth for their new office. I'll be the one doing the recording so I certainly have a vested interest in this ...
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Feedback on sound challenge webpage.

I am creating a page on my site that is designed to get people to take a sound I recorded and manipilate it into something new. Then post the new manipulated sound for others to hear. I think it would ...
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Recording cello and electronics in a big room

I'm working on a project with a Cellist, we mix classic Cello and live electronics+ processed field recordings (I leave the link to provide a hint on what is all about). http://www.educomelles.com/...
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M/S concerns regarding the end-user

I know the question of M/S vs. X/Y recordings has been discussed many times as well as the benefits of both. All of that aside, I'm a little concerned about how my M/S recordings will be used by the ...
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Baby voice-over

I currently work on an animation project involving 6-to-18-month-old babies. The context is a bit special because we follow the realistic evolution of several babies until they say their first word. ...
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ADR Recording Software Question

I have a simple question/idea which some of you may have already cleverly worked out: I record ADR and music overdubs and while tracking, I use playlists to keep track of takes. I keep take 1 on ...
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How would you record a tesla coil?

Hello all, I have an opportunity to record a number of Tesla coils. To put it shortly, would you have any advice as to how to make sure I do not electrocute myself or my equipment? I intend to bring ...
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Need advice on which mics to get.

Hi Guys Just starting to get into foley and field recording for my University project. I've got a budget of around £500 and need some advice on which type of mics to purchase. Im essentially looking ...
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Recording Screaming on set interior

Hi, A student of mine asked a question as to how to record screaming onset. He mentioned that the room they were in was quite reverberant and no matter what he did (limiter, pads, standing way back ...
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Mono using only one channel from my single point M/S mic

I own a single M/S microphone: Sennheiser MKH 418s. I don't want to have to use two channels from my recorder to record mono. If I only plug in the left channel of the mic, I'm actually getting the ...
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“Underwater” sound tricks!? How do you make it sound underwater-y

Hey folks, You can skip the italicized section if you're in a hurry - that's background for the question. I'm working on the second iteration of an art game. It's a cool project, you should check it ...
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Recording voices for pitching down

I have an idea and I wanted to see if it has been done before or if it's worthless to try: What if I recorded an actor at 192K and dropped than into a 96K session so it's pitched down naturally (...
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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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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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Battery powered Shotgun Mic for use with PCM d-50

I'm looking for a decent shotugn mic for field recording but I'm not sure I want to go down the broadcast mixer route just yet. Does anyone have any experience of using shotgun mic's with one of these ...
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Recording an ultralight plane in flight

Hi. I have the opportunity to record and ultralight plane in flight. I have a Sanken css 5, but i d like to know what do you think about wind protection. The wind up there ill be really strong, so is ...
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Is Blumlein ever used in Field Recording?

Hello fellow Sound Designers and Recordists, I'd like to throw this out there and ask: Do you ever use the Blumlein Stereo technique while recording in the field? I like the sound of it on Choir ...
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What is your favorite type of microphone cable?

Technical question regarding mic cables: What is your favorite type, and why? I shot out a few kinds and I found Monster Cable to be the best overall for my purposes of recording voice and vocals. ...
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Is any one a sound designer as well as a recording engineer or producer?

I'm restarting my career and was thinking of becoming a sound designer, recording engineer, or producer. I'm getting training in all the positions and I would enjoy all of them. I was thinking of ...
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Recording an ice hockey session

Hi there, Been following this site for a while, but first time I'm posting - great initiative & resource! I am looking into ways of recording an ice hockey session - basically not a real ice ...
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full vehicle coverage

At some point you can have too much coverage of a vehicle, but it takes quite a lot to get there. The question is how much is enough without being too much? Lets assume that we want to put together ...
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Tips on Recording Horses?

I'll have an opportunity soon to be out recording some horses in a large park in L.A. I'm hoping traffic won't be too bad and if it isn't, has anyone recorded horses before? I was thinking about ...
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Best way to record a phone?

Okay so I have a couple reasons why I need to record a phone: 1) To get an authentic phone futz signal for a film where some dialogue needs to sound like it's on the phone. 2) A radio show I record ...
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What are some things you would never record in Stereo?

What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Stereo? and the next part of the question: What are some sound sources you would never want to record in Mono? My rule of thumb is ...
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Tips on recording realistic foley

Okay so I am going to be doing some foley soon for an action piece. I was mesmerized by the realism of foley in The Hurt Locker, Green Zone and most of all, Saving Private Ryan. The film I am going ...
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Script stand ideas?

Hello everyone. What script stand do you use? Colin Hart touched upon metal mic stands creating reflections, and I'm sure this also applies to script stands - also paper. Anyone know anything about ...
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Field Recordists - How do you protect your mics on the way to the field?

So I've recently been doing a bit of hiking to remote locations for field recording. On my trips so far I have used a rain coat that also zips up into a bag to hold my m/s rig in a rycote with a bit ...
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Question about Tree-Beard.

I saw in the DVD extras on the sound-work for Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers a special section about how they created the Tree-Beard voice. Some of the video footage shows the voice being ...
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Best quality, affordable Shotgun mic

Hey, so I'm in need of a sensitive directional microphone. Something that I can point at say a drop of water or set farther back from something than say traditional condenser microphones and get a ...
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Uniqueness or quality?

Sometimes to get original and really unique sounds that might came out of unexpected sources (like circuit bent devices, tapes, and all things not positioned for pro quality output) we need to accept ...
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What's your strategy behind 192kHz recording?

Lots of us record at at 192k for the 4x sample rate improvement, but how does that translate to a more useful or flexible sound file? According to Tim Prebble, plug-ins are more effective at 192k (...
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Who uses Freesound.org on a regular basis?

Imagine, if 20 years ago somebody told you there would be a method for people to share and contribute sounds from all over the world instantly; well, that's what we have with freesound.org. Whenever I ...
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Question about recording and air temperature.

I've heard that depending on the air temperature, the sound at live gigs will vary in it's harshness and softness. If I remember correctly, the hotter the temperature is, the better the sound will be. ...
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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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For multiple mic recordings, do you check the phase?

I know it's a big issue for recording Drums because the mics will all be played back together, but when you are recording a sound effect in the field like guns or fireworks, do you check the phase ...
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Electronic Sparking/Arcing Sounds

Has anyone got any tips on creating/recording electronic spark/arcing sounds? Is there anyway to create these without an arc welder or a tesla coil?
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Should I record 24bit 96khz and then dither down for distribution?

Hello. Maybe this question has already answered itself as I'm not quite sure how else it would be done. But say I'm recording sound effects for distribution and I want to offer them in different ...
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VO Pop Screens that do the least coloration.

Does such a thing exist? What I'm looking for is a pop screen that does the least coloration of the voice. I'll be using it on U87s, 414s, basically, any VO mic. What do you use for your VO and ...
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REQUEST: Windmill recordings

Hi folks, I've been enjoying Social Sound Design for many months now and find it to be an incredible resource for picking creative brains all over the world. What I haven't seen much of, however, is ...
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How do you record someone whistling?

I had to record someone whistling for a sound effect on a film I worked on recently. That was really hard to record. I tried different mics... About 10 of them... I finally ended up with a C12 ...
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What records well to tape?

I never had the privilege of cutting tape and splicing tape. However, the studio I work at owns a couple great tape machines. What sound effects do you think would sound great on tape? I know Horns ...
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Opinions on Stand Mounted Baffles (and LDCs)?

So I'm in the market for an affordable LDC for some vocal design work at home. My first thought was Røde's NT2000. As it turns out, during the month of August Røde has a promotion wherein you buy a ...

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