Colin Hunter
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Buying stuff in Paris
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In terms of buying gear, France is considerably more expensive than elsewhere. I live in Paris but always buy from either the UK or Germany. It usually works out cheaper to buy from abroad and pay a ...

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Radio Spot Specs
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This is a very good article discussing mixing norms. Radio norms are discussed about halfway through the article, a few paragraphs after the section headed Peaks vs. Average levels. Norms seem to vary ...

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Any tips for cutting/designing airplanes battle scene
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Another very good reference film would be the awesome animation, Paths Of Hate. The sound design is top notch and there are some excellent dog fight scenes featuring many fly-bys. [youtube]...

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Tension sounds like…
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The classic dripping tap [though I'm not quite sure that'd find it's way into a studio/client context?] But really, the most tense moments would be that suspense hung in the air moment of silence!

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Thoughts on SD552 pres compared to 7 series?
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There is an article published on the Sound Devices website that answers your exact question. The 7-series outperforms the 552 in terms of the dynamic range (114 dB compared to 103dB respectively), ...

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Audio level problems using a wireless hop
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Thanks for your quick responses. Ok, on the tx2020s the gain knob is apparently split for mic and line levels. 1-4 is for mic, 5-8 for line. On the dx2020 cam feed i put the input to mic (dxs output ...

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Mini External HardDrives
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Finding a drive that is reliable will obviously be important for travelling. I'm pretty happy with my LaCie Rugged 500GB. It's small, compact and so far seems to have been very reliable on all my ...

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Sick of the Moleskine
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I'm a fan of Black n Red. They all have hard covers which offer both protection and a useful hard flat surface and they'll definitely protect your notes from the odd beer spillage. Maybe a bit too ...

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Slow Motion Comedic Action Effect
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Not quite sure what you mean but generally in the old kung-fu flicks any slow-down moments of intense fighting action were accompanied by a heavy touch of reverb. From around 3min20 in this clip: [...

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Separating real sounds from sound design before you record.
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When I watch a film I can't help but analyse the soundtrack. Since working in sound I have gradually lost the ability to be totally taken away with what is happening on-screen as I am constantly ...

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Post production communities
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Whether online (twitter, blogs etc.) or in the physical sense, it's all about networking! I'd say that most of my initial networking contacts are made through the Internet, either via my personal blog,...

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Good Effects for Robot Voice
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Not exactly along the telephone idea, but definitely a robot-voice go-to, Sonic Charge's BitSpeek is an awesome tool and very affordable!

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Scanner/Radio/Transmission Fans out there?
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Nice! Thanks for sharing!

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Which DAW should I buy?
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Have a look at these posts: Which DAW do you use? What DAW should I go for? There are a lot of very useful comments in these two discussions...

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Best mics for foley and sound design
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As Tim mentioned, budget is the main player here. Your mic choice will really depend on where you will be using it most (i.e. interior/exterior) and how much you are willing to spend. I'm also a fan ...

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Mojo SDI Cables
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Not sure if this'll help, but you might want to try the following sites: Creative Video Blue Cow Cables

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Paris - Saturday 22nd January - recording a Maybach
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Hey Justin, I'm in Paris but don't have my kit with me at the moment (still not fully installed in the city yet). However, if you need a hand I'd love to 'come round' and help out. Gimme an email ...

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Buying a shotgun microphone: which one?
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In terms of great value shotguns, I think the Rode NTG3 is probably best value versus quality. At full price, they go for about £400/€475 but, as Shaun said, you can often find them for a good price ...

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What are Your Preferred Bit/Sample Specs for Commercial Libraries?
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Jay's point on cheap storage is actually very relevant. Although higher bit rate / SR files are bigger in size, this is less of a problem than it used to be due to the above mentioned. Personally, I ...

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Sony D50 or Røde NT4 for recording quiet ambience?
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I have an NT4 and it is a good stereo mic for the price range. Obviously, the ideal stereo field recording solution is to use a M/S configuration that allows for greater flexibility. However, this ...

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Which shotguns mics should I consider for capturing SFX?
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Hi Michael, If you're seriously considering the Schoeps CMIT 5U then then you should check out this good review on Matthew Share's blog. He details his experiences of using the CMIT at a recent shoot ...

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Would you guys help me with a uni project by answering a few questions?
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Name/company? Colin Hunter - Freelance Sound Designer / Recordist What is involved within your role as sound designer? I mostly work for media production agencies who develop corporate films/...

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external harddrive for sample library storage -and- audio editing
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Any hard drive carries a risk of crashing and the potential loss of your data. One option that is slightly out of your budget, but still affordable and much more reliable is a Drobo. Using the ...

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Video Game Hit Sounds
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+1 on Shaun's answer! You will definitely see the benefits of mixing various sounds together. Very often, real-world sounds that, if heard alone would sound un-related, can be layered in to great ...

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What DAW should I go for?
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Hi Andre, There are already some very in-depth threads on the subject so have a read through those and you'll get the general idea of the pros and cons of the most popular DAWs. Most people are using ...

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SoundSwap - trading sound effects
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Cool idea Shaun! It'll be like Panini stickers in the playground. Got, got, got, NEED!

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Need advice on which mics to get.
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+1 on the Rode mics when your budget is tight. For Foley work, the NT1-A is a bargain. If your in the UK you can pick one up for just over £150. For stereo field recording, the NT4 is a good place to ...

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recording summer ambiences
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+1 on the insects call but really does depend upon location. As Tim said, even the same type of insect can sound entirely different in different parts of the world. But in general the sounds you may ...

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Microphone Disguising
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I was at a talk on Wednesday about field recording and one of the panel (field recordist Justin Bennet) was talking about stealth recording. He often uses small Binaural mics (I think he said they ...

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algorithmic composition / melody patterns generation
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There are thousands of copyright free MIDI files out there which can be used commercially. You can experiment with these and perhaps you'll find a loop in part of a song that could become the base of ...

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