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Recording thunder.

Hi all Yesterday a massive (for Denmark atleast) thunderstorm was passing a great deal of the country. 40000 lightning strikes was recorded from midnight to noon. It was wild to say the least. I was ...
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how to record wind?

hello all, excuse my noob'iness, but i really don't know how to record wind...i know one technique with contact mics, but other than that how do you go about recording wind? p.s.: sorry for my bad ...
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REQUEST: Downhill ski recordings

Hello all, I'm seeking recordings of Olympic-style downhill skiing. Everything from start & aways, passbys (slow/med/fast) and in & stops. Also, jump impacts. Anyone have material like this? ...
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REQUEST: Children laughing/singing/babbling

Hey, Would anybody here happen to have recordings of children babbling/laughing/chatting away? More specifically aged between 4 and 12? Will swap sounds you send me for recordings of a football game ...
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Need some train sounds ASAP

Hi guys, I need a few different train sounds ASAP for an advertising animation I'm working on. I'm looking for some onboard (but outside of the train) sound (so we can hear the train moving along ...
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When capturing dialogue in a marina

When you are capturing dialogue in a marina or most busy city places, is it good technique to boom from above and capture or is it ok to point the shotgun at the talent? I think I have seen it both ...
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If you could choose noise reduction or ADR. What would you choose? (Poll)

If you could choose noise reduction or ADR. What would you choose? (Poll)
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What is a telephone pick-up coil used for?

What is a telephone pick-coil used for? I am expanding my mic collection zoom (ZoomH4n only so far) and I want to get some mics. Contact mic for interesting SFX Boom for universally recording ...
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Searching for free downloadable Loop and Recording databases.

Anyone know of any? basically free beats etc but hopefully with some atmosphere recordings, like cities, crowds what have ya.. thanks in advance!
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(Rugby) stadium crowds [request]

I'm doing an installation where I need to simulate the sound of a stadium from the player's perspective. It needs to sound huge and really exciting! I already have some sounds that work from various ...
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Suggestions for 'sound fx library management software'

I am looking to buy software to organize my sound recordings. I record, edit and mix on a Pro Tools 9 system use a Mac computer. It be great to hear from some professionals or any sound guys who use ...
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Field Recording Equipment

I am a Novice Sound Designer and would like to do field recording to build my own personal library of sounds. I am looking for some advise on which recording equipment and microphones I should ...
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Does Izotope RX and similar software make the location sound recordist complacent?

I recently purchased Izotope RX and I am blown away by it's abilities to remove noise and hum and such from recordings. It really is as good as what people have claimed it to be! However, I just ...
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capturing and processing sounds in a special live-performance situation

hi, i was asked to do sound design / processing for a live performance-art act. specifically, i need to be able to pick up live sounds from several locations across the stage, mix and process them ...
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Serious use of self-recorded IR's

I use reverbs all the time on dialogue, no matter what the project. There may be the occasional voiceover that gets away completely dry, but everything else gets a little bit (or a lot) of reverb. I ...
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Guitar pickups as a “microphone”

I've been thinking about this a lot, since I saw this video link text in fact. As far as I can tell, there's nothing going on with the strings -- he's muting them with his left hand -- which means ...
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How many sounds do you try to capture on the set?

I've been asked to supervise the set recordings of an upcoming short film and I was wondering how much it is necessary to try to get from the locations itself while shooting? Is it worth planning to ...
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Recording Orchestra Groups with Omni mics and M-S matrix

I need to record a ~50 piece woodwind orchestra and am using a Nagra VI which has 6 inputs. I want the best recording using the fewest mics. I have a pr of Neumann M150s which I was going to place ...
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Reducing room on recordings

Hey Looking for any bright ideas to help me... Im a sound editor recording some feet in my lounge for a feature - I have a creaky old hollow wood floor which is absolutely perfect for deck of a ship,...
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Smallest bag for SD744T

I'm after a location recording bag for my SD744T, and nothing more! All the bags I've looked at sof far seem designed to hold a mixer, recorder and 17 wireless receivers. Can anyone recommend ...
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Use Android smartphone to record sound

Would it be possible to use a smartphone (in my case a Nexus S) to record sound using an external microphone. I guess I could use an adaptor to connect the microphone to the audio jack and use the ...
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Sounds that have never been recorded before.

I thought maybe we could make a list of sounds that occur which have never been recorded before to our knowledge. So, if you were given a golden ticket, good for one isolated recording of anything ...
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live performances

It's me again :D. I have shot the pilot for the reality TV show. It has two main parts the first one is shot in studio (not really too much of a problem), the other part is documentary style. This ...
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Recording Foley with a ZOOM

Can you record Foley with a Zoom H4N? If so, should you use a small space, a slappy space, or open space, or other? I'm finishing a short and I wish I had the proper tools for foley recording but ...
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Advice on my starter sound recording kit I have researched?

Hello. I've been doing a lot of research for my price bracket. I'm wanting to enjoy the summer recording lots of sounds and getting good at technique and editing. I want the sound quality to be good.....
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wisconsin protests

anyone recording these? I'd be willing to trade some of my stuff for any of that. thx!
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How to record the sound of an acoustic guitar with a magnetic pickup?

I have a magnetic pickup... How can I use it to record the sound of a guitar to a laptop? I was told magnetic pickups should not be directly connected to a laptop (and that might be true, because I ...
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Field Recording M/S matrixing

Hi to all field recordists. If using a stereo shotgun microphone, how could you hear what it is you're recording through m/s encoding in real time (ex, not later on in the studio, rather while in the ...
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Recording world instruments, what type of mic(s) to use?

I am taking a world music course this quarter and the professor brought in a bunch of crazy instruments (some he made) and I asked him if we can set up a time to record samples of these unique ...
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How to find work?

How does one go about finding work and getting experience in "the field?"
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Best way to record a Slinky

As a stocking stuffer, I got a mini-slinky as a joke, and I shocked my wife because I was WAY more excited about receiving this joke toy (because I knew I could experiment recording it) than anyone ...
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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 ...