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Etiquette when Micing High Profile People
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I deal with 'high profile' people at work sometimes - academics, occasional high-ranking politicians, diplomats etc. Be polite and pleasant but don't be deferential. Smile and look them in the eye. ...

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creating the sound of exploding heads
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I bet if you got the biggest, hardest coconut you can find and then bashed it in violently, the results might sound horribly realistic.

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Recording the riots in London
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Hello, thanks to Nick and Ian for linking to my recording of the looting of the Iceland store in Peckham. Don't record riots etc in areas that you don't know well beforehand and don't flash gear ...

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SOUND OF HEAVEN
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A good afterlife sound would be like the high-pitched, whining noise that you sometimes hear made by the plumbing in old houses, flophouse-type hotels etc.

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copyright on mechanical sounds
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You won't be infringing copyright, because names and titles can't be copyrighted, but you could face legal action over trademark infringement. The exception is when a brand name or trademark is so ...

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What's the strangest sound you've recorded?
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First time I recorded bat sonar with a heterodyne bat detector was strange. It took a few moments for it to sink in that an animal was responsible for those sounds. [soundcloud]london-sound-survey/...

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Quiet Ambience Recording Tips
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Nice list of tips and ideas there, thanks! Re. footsteps on the roof: crows can make that noise. They settle a lot on the roof of my local railway station and when they're swaggering about it sounds ...

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Audio Technica BP4025 for atmos?
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I have one and it's great value-for-money. Robust build, low self-noise, rich sound. Wrote a lengthy review of it on the blog part of my site, with some sample recordings: http://www.soundsurvey.org....

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Sonically Interesting Places In London
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Assuming that the recordist is using discreet recording equipment rather than brandishing a Rycote windshield and a Sound Devices 702 in a bag with EXPENSIVE EQUIPMENT IN HERE! written on it, the ...

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Handheld recorders for BGs and Ambiences
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For quiet ambiences the Sony PCM M10 is good as the internal mics and preamp produce a clean sound with very little hiss. The drawback is that the internal mics don't produce a particularly ...

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Recommend me a good hand held recorder
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Sony PCM M10 if you want a small device and don't need XLR inputs. Roland R-26 if you do want a compact XLR-enabled recorder.

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Upgrading my gear - would love some input! Mics, field recorders and wind protection.
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Hi Julian, It's well worth considering Audio Technica's BP4025 stereo mic as an alternative to the Rode NT4. Here's a Social Sound Design thread about it. Check out Analoghell's comment comparing ...

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Microphone Disguising
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Both Microphone Madness and Sound Professionals in the USA supply miniature omnis mounted inside croakies, which are spectacle retainers made from a stretchy fabric. This webpage from Microphone ...

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What are your favorite in-ear binaural microphones?
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Airborne: Thanks for mentioning my site's list of budget in-ear and headworn mics, glad it's of use to someone. Sound Professionals' new (or newish) MS-TFB-2s do have a very good spec for the money, ...

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Your thoughts on the next kind of media storage
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There will be more file formats developed for streaming or downloading, but can't see any new dedicated sound carriers being developed. There will likely just be advances in general-purpose physical ...

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Room tone/atmosphere from the point of view of a shrunken person
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If you were shrunk that small I reckon draughts and air currents would be very noticeable, maybe even a problem. Perhaps you could make subtle use of wind sounds to create a sense of the vastness of ...

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dpa 2006c or senn 8020?
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I have a pair of DPA 2006Cs and am reasonably happy with them, but they're not quite as versatile as I'd hoped. Be warned if you're looking to make field recordings in very quiet surroundings, like ...

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User Interface (website) sound design
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One of the best design guidelines ever was that of Abram Games: 'strive for maximum meaning from minimum means'. I can't honestly recall many website interfaces which were enhanced by the addition of ...

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Distinct Ambient Noises: Consistency, or Variety?
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Another vote here for variety. Years ago there was a very good British TV documentary series called 'The World at War' about WW2. It used a lot of archive footage of battle scenes but had the same ...

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DIY Zeppelin/Blimp
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Extendable pole a.k.a. camera monopod. The Manfrotto 560B has retractable tripod feet which live inside the pole and can be pulled out and screwed into position when needed. Downside: it's quite heavy....

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High Quality Consumer Headphones
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Another vote here for Beyerdynamics headphones. I use the lightweight DT-131 and heavier DT-770s at work. Lovely detailed sound, much prefer them to my own Sennheiser HD25s.

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