Justin P
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You might be a sound recordist if
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Great answers so far. -Your girlfriend knows the exact meaning of "the look" (which she often sees come from your face when traveling abroad) and she immediately says "you want to stop and record ...

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Egg Hatching Sound.
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How about some eggs from the grocery store? Or watch this: [youtube]Dp7aJ6zoLXY[/youtube]

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Reverb in Surround
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Most film mixers use a variety of reverbs/delays depending on the scene/environment. Sometimes mono up the center or panned, stereo in the LR, or 5.0 etc.. Sometimes two stereo pairs with one set to a ...

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prepping tracks for international release (M&E)
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"what's done about this in a big budget situation and what's the low budget trying to be as efficient as possible approach?" From my experience, these events are always covered in foley for the ...

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Recording sfx during sprinkle (rain)
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Record with a zepplin wrapped in a Rainman

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Best approaches to panning backgrounds when camera angles change
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I just saw Black Swan the other day and I was impressed by the sound work. One thing I remember was in the scenes where they are dancing in the ballet studio. There was a pianist accompanying them in ...

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Which is better- boom micing or lapel micing
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I had it explained to me this way once by someone with way more experience mixing and editing dialog than me: "When having a conversation with someone, are you normally standing 3-5 feet away from ...

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Your favourite MS mic setup?
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From my observations, these are the most used MS pairs in field recording: Sennheiser MKH 40 or 50 (or 8040 or 8050) paired with an MKH 30 or MKH 800 Schoeps CMC bodies with MK4 or MK41 capsules ...

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How many people use recordings from their Zoom or Handheld recorder?
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I like to use a simple analogy to professional photographers. My Sound Devices and Schoeps MS kit is my Hasselblad, studio-grade camera. My Sony PCM D-1 is my point and shoot camera (albeit a nice ...

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5.1 Vs. 7.2 (Surround Sound System)
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Just to clarify, 7.2 isn't about directionality of the sub. There isn't a left and right sub per se, because subharmonic frequencies aren't directional. It's very difficult for the ear to perceive ...

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SOUND OF HEAVEN
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This is a perfect opportunity to get inside your protagonists head and use sound to tell the story more effectively. I imagine we all have a different perception of what heaven sounds like...why not ...

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Foley: Dog Feet
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Leather work gloves with Lee Press On Nails glued to them. Good luck.

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Is it worth working for free?
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When starting out I worked for free. But only on shorts, and only one gratis per director. I would never do a feature for free, even if there's a so-called back-end. It's just too much time to give ...

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Creating "Vintage" Sound
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The LA3A is an optical compressor...meaning it has a light sensor/attenuator inside of it which controls the gain reduction circuit. They usually sound vintage because they have a gentle release time. ...

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How do you create the deadliest sounding gunshots?
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To me, the most important part of a gunshot sound is the decay. That's what makes them sound interesting, massive, and I suppose deadly. In what environment are your guns being shot? Do they ring off ...

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Favorite Alien / Monster Vocalisations In Film
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No list would be complete without Chewbacca and the dinosaurs from Jurassic Park. I also liked the language in District 9. Ultimately I'm impressed by any language design work that sounds organic but ...

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Dolby Atmos and the World of Sound Design.
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Having worked on a project mixed in Dolby Atmos, here’s my 2 cents for what it’s worth. And no, I don’t work for Dolby. First, please go give Atmos a listen before you pass judgement. It is quite a ...

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How do you get to know microphones and decide on microphone purchases?
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A couple of thoughts. Go to a trade show like AES or NAB. Many of the dealers have mics set up on the floor feeding a preamp with headphones. Also, a few dealers will lend out demo mics for you to ...

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Films with "POV" Audio
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Jaws (Speilberg does this very well in many of his films) The Pianist (the audience actually goes temporarily deaf in one ear) Memento (other Nolan films) The Graduate (we hear Ben's POV from time to ...

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Loop Group - Caveats?
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I think your decision not to master these recordings is a good one. It's definitely a violation of Union rules to put group ADR in your personal library. Those actors rely on sessions to make a ...

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Foley Mic: Shotgun vs Hyper?
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Ultimately the acoustics of the space where you record foley and the distance of the artist from the mic are way more important than the mic pickup pattern. From my experience, most professional foley ...

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Technical question about Foley
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On the foley sessions I've observed, the artist and recordist work as a team. Great teams read each other like radar. The artist will move the mic into the position they see fit and the recordist ...

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Creating sounds of a Air Conditioning Shaft
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Unless you have access to a big piece of duct to bring to the foley stage, I suggest finding a real shaft and recording your foley on location. It'll sound much more natural. A big part of that sound ...

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Making flat background tracks come alive
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Well...if you're interested in modulation, eq sweeps, depth perception techniques, here are a few thoughts: 1) When used subtly, Waves Mondo Mod can add some nice movement and modulation to a ...

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Double M/S on seperate 2 channel recorders?
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I've tried using two unlinked recorders for things like this. There will be some drift, especially on longer takes (even on identical recorders). If you're doing mission critical takes over 2 minutes, ...

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most annoying sound ever
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Being asked by the director to incorporate a cliche into a track. Doors don't always squeak, tires don't always squeal, and I can't remember ever hearing a red tail hawk in the desert...and I live in ...

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From PA to Location Audio or Sound Designer
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Honestly, PA is just a synonym for "grunt." You can be a PA in almost any role in film production. I was an audio post PA on a major feature...just the title they gave me since I wasn't union yet. ...

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foley sounds need advice
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As for the horse, you can watch a top artist doing it here. The dryer, why not record a real dryer drum. Just open one up and spin by hand. I've done this before. Sweeten it with the metal box idea. ...

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Normalization in Field Recording and Sound Design.
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Wiki explains normalization here. I'm not a big fan of normalizing while mastering sfx. I find a lot of commercial sfx libraries are mastered way too hot, especially when I am previewing them in a ...

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Recording vintage firearms
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Sounds like fun. If you can get your hands on/rent a Nagra, the sound of overdriving the tape will bring something special to the party. It's a bit of a pain to set up and run, but it squashes the ...

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