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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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Baffles for Outdoor Interviews

Dear All, I know Colin Hart does this quite a bit but I wanted to ask if you guys know what I can use to baffle a voice better. I am going to be doing some live interviews in an outdoor environment ...
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Outdoor Sound Effect ADR.

I had this thought while I was dreaming last night: If I were to do a huge chase scene with a police car chase etc., I'd take the video along with me and record the same car on the same surface ...
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What to record in a 2-mile tunnel.

I just got back from a trip where there was a 2-mile long railroad tunnel which part of a railroad track that was later made into a mountain-bike trail. Needless to say I brought my recording ...
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How would you mic a 5-actor audiobook.

I'm curious to what mics and what positions you would use for this situation: Multicast audiobook that will have full musical score and sound effects. 5 actors, 1 narrator, 4 character actors. The ...
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recording motorcycle

Hi all In a few weeks the movie I'm working on will be printed, so finally I'll have some time to spend on my projects. I'm planning to record a few motorcycles, this and this and I'm start to ...
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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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What sounds can be effectively recording using just one channel (mono)?

Due to my seemingly more restricted budget (life is as it is and things keep popping up) I am still left very much with my current setup as is, and it looks like I cannot really purchase much else for ...
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An alternative to a blimp? (…a small pistol grip for example?)

Hello. I'm looking into getting a Rode NT4 stereo microphone for sound collection very soon. Due to me saving for my next purchase (a Tascam HDP2 I'm thinking) I'm looking to get the proper gear to ...
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What are some sounds that interest you?

And I'm not talking about sounds that hold some special memory, or that evoke a certain sensation. I go through little phases every now and then where I want to explore a particular type of sound ...
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Compression? When do you use it, if ever?

If at all and when and how do you use compression? I'm curious to see who out there actually uses it. You can answer with referring to either recording or mixing. I have already asked if you use ...
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Suggestions for a tensioned rope effect?

Hello! First time poster but (relatively) long time reader here. I am working on a kung fu short film and am currently stumped concerning a particular sound effect. Any suggestions would be so, so ...
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Recording military vehicles

Has anyone ever done any recording of military vehicles (i.e. tanks, utility vehicles)? I'm wondering what to expect in terms of costs. I've done car recordings before so I'm familiar with equipment ...
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Tips on recording animals

I have a very exciting gig lined up for next week. I'm going to a farm to record lots of animals and ambiences for an animation. I know a few of you on the forum have recorded animals so I'm hoping I ...
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Double M/S on seperate 2 channel recorders?

I have the opportunity to use a Schoeps double M/S system, but I don't have a recorder with enough channels. I have two 2-channel recorders, and I'm hoping I will be able to get away with this setup ...
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First EVER live-production student film…Audio and Video separate? [closed]

Hey guys, Basically all the work I have done so far in University has been post production audio. I take clips from films, strip out all the original audio, and try adding it all back in. I've now ...
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recording outdoor crowd walla

Howdy. Does anyone have experience recording outdoor crowd walla? I am planning for a session of 30+ people in an outdoor setting and was thinking of recording in quad using a sound devices 744t. ...
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Most unusual sound technique

What was the most unusual and innovative technique of capturing or generating sounds in your entire experience with sound design ? What you have you been forced to do, to achieve the goal?
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Custom ADR Software

Hey guys, I know I asked a similar question earlier and I really don't mean to beat a dead horse, But, I would like to create a custom ADR cueing program. Basically, all I really need is the ...
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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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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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Has anybody used Earthworks microphones for sound effects

I think some of you may find this video interesting for the sound recording link text My question is, does anybody use Earthworks microphones on here as I am thinking of investing in a pair. On this ...