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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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“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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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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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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Recording shouted dialogue

When recording dialogue that involves the actor shouting, how do I avoid distortion without making it sound like it was recorded from across the room?
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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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Stereo Hydrophone Technique

I've got a stereo pair of JrF hydrophones which I've not used very much, other than just testing them out around the house. I'm planning a trip to the coast in a week or so and want to give them a ...
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Is it better to record a vocal as close to raw as possible, or to compress, eq etc along the way into Pro Tools?

I've been playing around with running vocals from our 1073 pre-amp into an Avalon compressor and EQ before hitting our Pro Tools rig. I'm loving the sound I'm getting, but am not sure if this is ...
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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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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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What can I research to back up my sound design?

I realise the question is a bit ambiguous but I couldn't think of a way to put it into one simple question. I am currently a final year music technology student undertaking some sound design for my ...
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Field Recordists: What is your post workflow?

Hi to all you field recordists out there: What sort of post-recording processing do you normally do on your recorded material. Specifically stuff you plan to put into your library and use down-the-...
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How do you get to know microphones and decide on microphone purchases?

This is a question that's been on my mind lately as I'm starting to collect a selection of especially field-capable microphones. As there's so much to choose from in terms of microphone techniques, ...
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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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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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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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What are these microphone connectors?

I have this old Philips mic, it doesn't have a regular XLR connector but rather two strange smaller connectors, a three-pin and a five-pin. Is it possible to connect this mic to a modern recorder, ...
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What is the best way to record acoustic piano and vocals from home?

I am staying in a rented house which I cannot sound-proof. I have an acoustic upright piano which I cannot carry to a studio. The noise levels around are average, no heavy traffic, but passing car ...
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Recording SFX in mono or stereo / Mic options?

A common question on here seems to be a recommendation for a SFX mic (mostly indoors). I too am currently mulling over this same issue. I am planning to do several SFX libraries in the near future,...
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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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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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How can I get rid of phasing on source audio?

I am trying to record a very simple demo with my laptop mic onto Audacity. I've used this same setup on other laptops with no problem. However when I attempt this on my current PC, I get this intense "...
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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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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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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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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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Car tyre & surface recording without engine sound.

Car tyre & surfaces recording without engine sound. I want to record different surfaces in average speed (Gravel, tarmac, mud, water, sand, etc...). Any ideas ?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Fun with broken fluorescent lights

The project I'm currently working on has a lot of scenes in an abandoned research facility with flickering and broken fluorescent lights. Instead of relying on library sounds for that I'd like to ...
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Recording “Bangs” etc

Hey everyone, I have a really simple question: With an SM57 how would you go about recording bangs, and slams, and rubble falling. I ALWAYS peak. Is it a case of simple doing tests. . .setting the ...
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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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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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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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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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Field Recording Alone in Remote Areas

I've been wanting to travel deeper into the mountains (of Taiwan) for my field recording. I can only go so far if I plan to be out by dark. So I've been collecting gear to allow me to stay a night or ...
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Recording Heartbeats

What microphone would be appropriate to record heartbeats? I want to record people off the street so it has to be easy for the person to hold in place themselves for a couple of minutes whilst ...
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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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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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Compact high quality sound effects / ambience recording rig

I am new to field recording (being a musician and sound designer)and am looking to create a portable stereo recording rig to record sound effects and ambiences. So far i only recorded indoors. (except ...
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Studio Flooring - The Great Debate

I'm moving my studio from a room that has carpet to a larger room with tiles. I've researched online and there does not seem to be any flooring that is favored, so I wanted to get some opinions for my ...
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How Do You Record Impulse Responses in Small Places?

I've only been able to experiment recording IR's in big reverberant places with balloon pops, I'm curious how you would go about recording some in places where a balloon can't be used like in a vacuum ...
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Advice on my newly researched sound recording kit?

So I have been spending a long time trying to gather a decent beginner kit for my sound recording. I'm wanting to squeeze the very best I can out the money I have. My main focus is on very high ...

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