Colin Hunter
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What non-standard gear is an important part of your kit
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Two (well actually three) essential pieces of kit that are pretty non-technical: Tape essentials: Gaffer and Sparky alt text http://www.tools-supplies.co.uk/ekmps/shops/sjhowardwork/images/dt201.jpg ...

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What is everyone doing for contact mics?
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Though I don't own any, Barcus Berry contact mics sound awesome. I use the Aquarian Audio H2a contact mic adapter. I also bought a contact mic a couple of years back from these guys. Don't think they ...

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Animal Fox, bear, mouse footsteps and "cloth" recording
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1) Try this question or this question to see what people have already discussed in terms of mic choice for quiet sounds. 2) For the bigger sounds you'll find that using multiple layers will get the ...

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Location recording of skateboard
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You might want to have a look at this article about Chuck Russom's recording sessions for his Skateboard HD library. It may also be worth getting in touch with Chuck to find out a bit more from the ...

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Social Sound Design RSS Feed
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RSS question feed is here. Otherwise just use the SSD home address and paste this into your RSS reader.

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Permits to field record in China and Hong Kong?
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I would say that there are some places that are considered more sensitive than others (i.e. government buildings, public transport systems) so this may be more problematic if you intend to record in ...

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Sonically Interesting Places In London
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Market Ambiances: Borough Market on Fridays or Saturdays. Columbia Road Flower Market - Sundays (awesome "five geraniums for a fiver" type cries in a cockney accent). Portobello Road market - ...

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Radio Spot Spec Deliveires
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I have never personally worked on a project for radio broadcast but I'm sure the standard output file would be a stereo interleaved wav file. However, you should pay particular attention to the level ...

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iPhone microphones, are they worth looking at
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Please see this question, where this has already been discussed.

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Best software or hardware for playing back SFX in a live broadcast environment.
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I know a lot of people in live events use Q Cart. It's not too pricy and is apparently very stable. EDIT: Today I have been using Jingle Palette and am pretty happy with it's performance. It's free,...

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What was the job you were most proud of doing in 2011?
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The project I am most proud of during 2011 was a documentary about a French comedian. I was the sound recordist throughout the shoot that took place during a week-long festival, then I oversaw the ...

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site question | Dates of posts, why no years?
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I think that the year only shows when it is not this year. In other words, your question currently says "asked 9 mins ago". Tomorrow it'll say "asked yesterday", in three months it'll say "asked Oct ...

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Is there a quick / easy way to re-sync a sound edit for a short film, or is just one of those things we have to deal with?
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On a side-note to Shaun's post, if you're using Nuendo and cannot go the EDL route, there is a very useful alignment tool which will align any region to another. If you get the omf for the new cut, ...

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squeaking and rumbling pipes
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Rarely are the sounds we hear in a film, the sounds we think we are hearing. In other words, you don't need to have access to old squeaky water pipes. You will have to create the desired sounds by ...

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Could the secret ingredient or solution be as simple as reverb?
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There is a lot of work that goes into making these types of sounds. If there was a simple, one answer fits all solution to how this is done, many people would find themselves out of a job! Reverb is ...

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Becoming a Dolby consultant
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A quick search on the Internet and I found this from Dolby's UK website. Dolby's ultimate goal seemed simple enough: to produce and profit from a new range of theatre sound-processing ...

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Budget Shopping: A boom or a blimp?
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When you say boom pole, pistol grip and windscreen vs. blimp, do you mean boom pole with a pistol grip/softie combo vs blimp? I would say that even for field recording a blimp is still recommended. ...

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Why is this sound made?
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Why are Ferrari sports cars red? It's not to say that it's the best colour but it's an artistic choice that evokes the desired emotions in the consumer. The stutter edit sound effect in the clip was ...

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Sound Showreel?
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Have a look at the following posts that discuss the subject of show reels. You'll probably find some interesting responses from the SSD community. Question discussing length of a show reel including ...

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Films with extended moments of great sound
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If I remember correctly, something like the last 18 minutes of Alien has no dialogue, just ambiances, sfx and a bit of music. It's just Sigourney Weaver running around the spaceship trying to avoid ...

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Does Izotope RX and similar software make the location sound recordist complacent?
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It's a very important issue, but I think that location recorders are not really at fault here. Certainly the location recorders that I know are extremely professional, and proud of their work - they ...

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What do you do, and what tools do you need for live sound?
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I spent 5 years working as a freelance live sound tech, but I was mainly in the corporate world (conferences and presentations). It was a great learning experience from a sound tech point of view, as ...

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Nature on the islands near Thailand
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As you rightly suggested, the sounds vary depending on the size of the island and how developed it is. An island like Phuket is very big (550 sq. KM) with over 300 000 residents, plus probably twice ...

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Would motif or artistic direction influence what mics you use?
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I think it's an interesting idea in theory, but there are too many risks involved. Lets say you capture the dialogue using different mics to differentiate between the two armies. Then you get to post ...

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Would it help to know techniques of picture editing to perform better at sound editing?
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I think that to become a master of film sound you need to understand many, many other art forms. Not just picture editing, though I totally agree that this is extremely beneficial, but also to ...

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University graduates - Do you offer your dissertation out on your website?
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After I graduated I had both my dissertation and my final project on my site, as well as a link to them both on my C.V. When contacting pottential clients I used these to show people what I was about. ...

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What is your dream job?
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I think my dream job would be to travel the world capturing soundscapes much like the Sound Tracker Gordon Hempton. This would combine my two passions of sound and travel/nature. I'd also love to get ...

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Beautiful ambience. What does that mean to you?
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Some that come to mind: Dawn chorus - I love the different musical characteristics of birdsong. A stream trickling slowly. Wind blowing tall grass - generally Foleyed for film. Gentle waves on a ...

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Feedback on sound challenge webpage.
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Nice idea, I just posted my version on your page.

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Mac Users: What Type Do You Use?
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I use a 24" core-duo iMac with 4GB memory and am very happy with it's performance. I think that the i5 & i7 Macbook Pros are a great option as well. Just be aware that if you intend to use a ...

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