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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 ...
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In ear headphones for stealth street recording

Hi everybody I've been looking into getting a pair of good in ear headphones, preferably providing decent isolation. This is to use with handheld recorders, if possible to avoid people asking stuff ...
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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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Favorite Mic for Dialogue

Dear All, I was wondering what your favorite mic/mics are for recording voice-over or dialogue for whatever type of project you guys are sound designing - video games, films, etc. Additionally, do ...
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Recording a wheelchair

I'm working a film which has got one of the main characters moving around in a wheel chair (which is not electric) all the time. My plan is to keep it simple and record samples that match the scenes/...
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ADR Recording Software

I am new to ADR recording. I have a question specifically for beeps/streamers software: I have seen on DVD extras that show the ADR recordings and I have noticed that their software is able to give ...
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How do I make a lapel mic sound good?

I have just recently started to record ADR. I have a Sanken COS-11 lapel mic. Recently, an ADR Supervisor told me he loves this mic and uses it as often as he can. I couldn't believe it. I listened ...
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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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Recording Glass Shatters

I'm planning on a short indoor recording session of shattering long fluorescent tubes. Who has done this and has sage advice to share? Mic choices? Best way to contain debris while not coloring the ...
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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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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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Worldizing and reamping experiences?

More for fun than anything else, i don't need to do it right now, but i was wondering if anybody here does it or ever tried it, on what kind of sounds? and what kind of playback system, as well as the ...
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What is best way to record a doublebass in a home studio enviroment?

What is best way to record a Doublebass in a home studio enviroment? What type of mic? What kind of processing? (compression? eq?)
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Best budget microphone to record foley

Hi, As a starting sound designer I want to record my own foley. But for that I need a good microphoone to record foley. I don't have a big budget for expensive microphone, so I am looking for a ...
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Sound Recording Disaster Stories!

Recently on designingsound.org/ Erik Aadahl talked about his blimp catching on fire and watching fellow recordists nearly get torched by fighter jets. Erik Aadahl http://designingsound.noisepages.com/...
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How do binaural recordings sound in a typical stereo situation?

I'm curious if there's any notable difference between a binaural recording and a typical stereo miking pattern when listening in a studio environment. Is there anything that needs to be compensated ...
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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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Have you ever had trouble with the authorities while recording?

I often read of the UK police overstepping the mark with photographers in public places, in the name of anti-terrorism... How about you? Any of the constabulary ever hassled you? Vigilantes? Yokels ...
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What's the strangest sound you've recorded?

The 'strange' aspect can be the context it was recorded in, or the actual sound recorded.. come on - weird me out!
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Budget not large, really need to get an on location sound kit together for a possible job!

Hello everyone. My budget isn't large and I'm looking to get together a little on location sound get together quickly for a possible job that is coming up. Now, as usual with me, I jump before I can ...
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Tips for recording/designing ball kicks

I need a bunch of sounds of rugby balls being kicked. I need big, I need small, and everything in between. In the movie, the kicks always happen on the field outdoors. I have an idea as to how I ...
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How to capture very low volume sounds?

A while ago I was surfing some nerdy geeky website and found that a company had designed that mic that could capture really low volume sounds like the sound emitted by the filaments of a light bulb ...
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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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Looking for a good but cheap hardware mid-side decoder.

I currently have a DIY M-S decoder, which is very noisy and the stereo image is wrong. The mid is much lower than it should and the sides are overbearing. Basically, it is impossible for me to monitor ...
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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 ...
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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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A decent stereo pair of microphones at a reasonable price?

Hello. I'm curious to know what people are using as a stereo pair of microphones for their recordings? I've been looking at the usual suspects, but was curious to know if there is any underdogs in the ...
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How to make money with sound design.

I've enjoyed recording samples and playing with audio as a hobby for quite a while now. Recently I purchased a zoom h2 and the quality of the recordings are just great. What I'm curious about, is how ...
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Recording extremely loud sound sources

During the next month in Valencia (Spain) is taking place a fest in which the main act everyday is a massive burst of firecrackers in the main city square. This event called "Mascletá" is widely ...
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Sound Recording for Film

Recently I shot a short film but needed to do this film with NO budget. I was able to get a camera for free as well as someone to shoot it - Sound however became a problem. Very few sound guys are ...