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Whenever I have down-time at work, I spend it either experimenting/trying to learn something new or adding to our library. Ignoring that, I also spend hours each week working on my personal library at home. If I need something at work and know I have it on my personal system, I'll bring it in without hesitation. I don't see it as "donating" my time. Most of ...


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To add to the other ideas here, it's often the layered complexity of outdoor reflections that gives them a natural feel. Real spaces, indoor or outdoor, never sound exactly like a reverb preset. I find it fun to design a bunch of options and mix-and-match—my usual strategy is to take 3-4 sends from the dialog/FX tracks and create corresponding aux tracks, ...


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Usually a convo verb can give decent results, as Dave mentioned. I find that even with that, it all comes down to the predelay and late delay parameters which 'sell it' though primarily, in my opinion. Predalys and late delays, and how they're used, are what give the reverb that character "slap" off the walls (or, the trees) that we recognize in real life. ...


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I strongly disagree with a lot of Dave's recommendations, based on my experience recording vehicle sounds for racing games, advertisement and sound engineering: an engine under load doesn't sound like an engine revving while standing still at all. "patching in after the fact" will be loads more work than recording audio and video at the same time. Expect ...


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Have you tried any convolution reverbs? Most of those would have an outdoor sample. I know the stock one in logic has a few. Convolution is really IMO the best approach for recreation of a real space like this. Good luck dude.


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I do a lot of trail running alone in the mountains. I'm usually not more than 5 miles away from my car. Sometimes there are other people hiking/biking around, other times I find myself prety alone. Every bit of advice I've ever seen says that hiking alone is pretty dumb, and they're pretty much all correct. My feeling is that if you are going off ...


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As already mentioned above, when summing a number of signals (from stereo to mono) phase cancellations can be made more apparent and evident through a change in the quality of the sound. Phasing is basically the result of comb-filtering - effectively and addition of a delay copy of the sound to itself (except for polarity reversal where the results can be ...


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closest answer is the sound collector's club. Its not free, but its very cheap - and its super high quality, so well worth the price of admission.


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At work we tend to try and batch all our recording during down time, these tend to be the bigger more complicated session that requires time and energy to set up and execute (guns, car drops, explosions). When we do these we tend to try to pack them close together so we can be recording every few days over a period of a month. This happens maybe every 6-9 ...


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Check out Tim Prebble's blog at http://www.musicofsound.co.nz/blog/ He uses one and has some blog posts and examples. Hope it helps.


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I contacted Sony, and they have said that the PCM-D50 is not being discontinued, but the D1 is. So, keep buying them awesome Sony hand-held recorders. UPDATE #1: Fly in the ointment. Someone heard from a different Sony rep that they are going to be discontinued. So, now we're all confused. Gonna try following up again tomorrow. UPDATE #2: Contacted Sony ...


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There's a great article in the recent "Nagra News" about a field recording trip to Antartica. The field recordist used a pair of 4006 (DPA not B&K though) in Rycotes. Got to imagine if they will hold up there, they will work for you. They are certainly beautiful sounding mics, having recorded with them before (in a more controlled environment though).


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The Freesound Project http://www.freesound.org/


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OLD THREAD... but thought I'd share....Film I'm working on required the characters to be listening to a radio broadcast through an old radio. I recorded the radio dialog clean, transferred a copy to my ipod, used a cheap FM-Transmitter, then re-recorded it playing through an old radio... I thought it worked great!


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I've used the "Outdoorverb" by xoxos on a few projects and have had good results. It's a freeware VST plugin for PC, so unfortunately PT (and MAC) cannot run it. It's a tap delay-type unit which incorporates a pitch variance. It's an interesting little plugin. Recommended if you can run it. http://rekkerd.org/xoxos-releases-outdoorverb/ Good luck with the ...


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I'd go with the cardioid, it's more versatile. for example if you'd buy a second 8040 in the future you'd have lots of options for useful setups: Double MS, MS + spot-mic, XY, ORTF, AB and so forth. Many ambiences sound a lot better/wider/real recorded in setups that consist of spaced mics, like ORTF or AB. Just an opinion of course...


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I think you're going to find that it's usually the other way around. It's the companies / studios making the documentaries, radio ads etc. that will hit the web and search for companies / individuals selling sounds of whatever it is they need or rather record it for original use. Some common big sfx stock sites like prosoundeffects.com might take your ...


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I don't do a lot of this myself and when I do I'm usually with others, but the number one thing I'd recommend is ALWAYS tell someone else exactly where you're going, when you're going, and how long you'll be gone for. Then of course stick to that plan!


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I use a a mkh8040 ortf setup into a mixpre into a pcm m10 with a smal "slik" mic stand. Very small, lightweigt and stunning quality. Shure.... Expensive!


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I think there are two types of phasing errors in aesthetic sound (i.e. this is not a definition in sound physics). 1) You sum one signal to another and hear that it affects something in the original signal negatively (e.g. some bass or other frequencies cancel out). When it happens to bassy sounds, it can sound like the sound "loses its power" or "punch". ...


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We have a Deva 5.8 at work, and overall it's a great piece of gear. My biggest gripe with the 5.8, and I assume the 5 will have the same issue, is that it's a bitch to get the data off of it. Unlike the Sound Devices gear, it cannot act as an external hard drive with your computer (though I think there may be an adapter you can buy now that let's you do that....


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Though more oriented towards music, my favorite is Tape Op, specifically the message board section for selling/buying/trading gear. In fact, in was in one of the Tape Op forums that I learned of Social Sound Design. Also, free (or paid) subscriptions available. Highly recommended and a great cross-pollination of ideas, skills, talent, and approach to ...


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bblist is good but you often have to be quick.. Here's a few I trawl through every so often. http://www.trewaudio.com/consignment/ http://www.locationsound.com/proaudio/ls/used.html http://www.pro-sound.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=PSS&Category_Code=U http://jwsoundgroup.net/index.php?/forum/23-want-to-buy-want-to-sell/ ...


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Dude, just record yourself in a foley room. Footsteps on concrete blocks, metallic surfaces etc or just any surface that a warehouse would include and then add an IR reverb of a warehouse and you are good to go.


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I am in NYC as well, and I know of a few good locations like this, mostly on Long Island. I actually did a library a few years ago of just these kinds of sounds, and most of the footage came from spots on the island. Fair warning; They aren't exactly "open to the public" though. ;) Will shoot you an email. *Almost forgot! http://abandonednyc.com/


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I just read that Satellite View of Google Maps is extremely useful when you're searching for unique recording places.


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I worked on a film last year where we needed a abandoned factory location. the way we ended up getting one was going through demolition companies and found a place that was going to be destroyed an a few months. they didn't charge us or anything. just watch out for the crackheads though.


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