Category: Sound Libraries


My first full day in SF was quite an eventful one. I met up with Shaun Farley (from Dynamic Interference) to head up to Skywalker Ranch for the MPSE Sound Panel. We had some time to kill, so we headed over to Pier 39 because he was told there were some Seals that hung out over there. We got there, and sure enough, there were a bunch! They made all sorts of crazy sounds! Shaun had his Sony D50 with him and I had my Olympus LS-10, so we grabbed some (contaminated) recordings. Too many people around – but it was fun nonetheless. (Side note – went back there Sunday night with Nick Meade with a 702 and MKH60 / 30 M/S rig and boom pole. Much better results then.) I also might mention that it’s not the easiest thing to deal with these animals – very unpredictable, and lots of cross-talk between them. I tip my hat to Tim Prebble on his wonderful seal library – I now have a better idea how much work it must have been…

Pier 39 Seals

So we left the pier, somewhat deflated because of all the crowd noise in the recordings, but all was good. So we’re walking around and Shaun spots a submarine docked nearby with a “Submarine Tour” sign near it, and he says to me, “Hey, want to go get some submarine ambiences?” I figured, “hey, why not,” so we headed over, paid a few bucks each, and headed onto the sub.

Sub


I was one of those self-guided tours, and there was nobody else around, so we basically had this entire sub to ourself. We started recording ambiences. A few minutes later, Shaun realized that most of the buttons / switches / levers / wheels weren’t locked down, and made some killer sounds! So we literally recorded just about everything that we found. After all was done, we ended up spending about 1.5 hours on this sub, and only saw about 7 or 8 people the entire time we were down there. I haven’t gotten a chance to edit any of the sounds yet, but as soon as I do, I’ll put some samples up! Who knows, maybe it will become a HartFX library, if the recordings came out!

So we headed out over the Golden Gate Bridge to meet up with Nathan Moody (from Noise Jockey) before carpooling up to the Ranch. To quote Nathan, “I can confirm that there are unicorns and triple rainbows at Skywalker Ranch.” Enough said about that. Any more might ruin the magic around it. But about the MPSE event – amazing. Got to talk to Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, Al Nelson, and many other awesome people! I won’t expound on the event too much, but I will say that it is definitely worth the 1 hour is takes to digest it. Michael Coleman over at Soundworks Collection had his crew there covering the event. You can watch the panel here.

MPSE Sound Panel


Afterwards, Gary Rizzo gave Shaun, Nathan and I a “nickel tour” of the facilities there, but swore us to secrecy about a certain few things, so that’s all I can say about that! However, a special thanks goes out to Gwen for allowing us to have Gary for another 10 minutes :-)

To top off the night, we had the first ever “Sound Guy Scotch/etc.. Tasting” over at Nathan’s place. I came out liking the “Brennivan” from Iceland the best. Cheers to Gunner from Euphonix for gifting that one to Nathan! Go pick some up if you can – very cool drink. The A.H Hirsch Reserve Straight Burbon Whiskey was very good as well!

Very cool day. Got to traipse around SF, Skywalker, and chill with Shaun and Nathan. Early to bed though, since the exhibits opened the next morning. Next up, some of the info I gathered there!

Wow! Tons of stuff going on this week! Big news from Avid, great stuff from many microphone companies, Izotope, and tons more!

The AES trade show floor was considerably smaller than usual, but there was a lot of cool stuff there. If you spent some time digging and talking to reps, inventors, presidents, etc… there was a lot of cool info to be gathered. I did my best at grabbing pics and info about topics and products pertaining to audio post and field recording / production audio. I’ll cover a lot of it here, but if there’s something I don’t cover that you’re wondering about, feel free to ask me if I happened to come across what you’re curious about!

129th AES in SF

I’m going to categorize my posts by topic, so there will be quite a few between here and Sonic Terrain.

Stay tuned – many posts to come this week!

I’ve just announced the release of my new drag racing library, “My Hart is Racing!”

This heart-pounding library is 1.2gb in size, 46 files wide, and 37 minutes long. It includes, dragsters, jr dragsters, super sport cars, bikes, imports, and more! There’s even a 7 minute qualifying heat included that comes unedited! Tons of good source for some epic sound design!

For this week only, while I’m at AES, I’m offering this library at a discount. Normally it will be $20, but until I return home from San Francisco, you can purchase it for just $10! The trick is that you’ll have to find my promo code to get the discount!

I’ll post it on twitter and I’ll be giving it out to whoever I meet over at AES, so be on the lookout!

Go check out http://hartfx.net for details!

Here’s a demo of some of the sounds:

After about 8 weeks of non-stop work, I’ve finally launched HartFX.net! I have my first library for sale starting today, my Industrial library! I posted a demo a week ago, but here it is again, for good measure :-)

Check it out over at HartFX.net !
HartFX

Excerpt of the library description from the site:

It’s HUGE. As in almost 24gb of sound. All in 192k/24b. If you played all of the the files back to back, it would take you over 5 1/2 hours to listen to it all. And that’s not even the cool part.
This is kind of a unique library. I recorded with a number of microphone (up to 8 at times) into two Deva V recorders (a single one didn’t like recording 8 channels of 192k/24b!). Then in post, I mixed and matched different mics to make the baddest, beefiest sounding tools I could. But the cool thing is that I’ve also included the separate mics on their own, all time aligned and all, so you can do your own mix, or just chose one perspective you like for a specific sound. So there are over 1000 sounds, but sometimes you have 5 different perspectives of the same sound. Completely customizable! It’s all labelled in the metadata too, so you can search by how many feet the mic was from the sound if you’d like, or from Close, Medium, or Far Perspectives.

I FINISHED IT!

My Industrial sound library, that is. The Complete HD version is 23.54GB! That’s HUGE!!! 281 files, over 5.5 hours of sound! I will be releasing it very soon, so check back for details in the next day or two. For now, here’s a demo of some of the sounds from the library!

INDUSTRIAL 001 Complete HD Samples by Colin Hart

Let me know what you think!

So, I’ve been working for a few months now on a small library of Drag Racing sounds. It takes a while, because they only have legitimate test runs every so often, and sometimes I can’t make them. I was able to get a good bit of them recorded this Saturday, however. The place I usually go to is out in the middle of nowhere, and since they were just doing test trails and qualifying (IE, not a single person in the stands), they let me out onto the track to record (I had to stay behind the takeoff point). Got some awesome stuff! Wish I had some of those modified iso cans with the MDR7506 components in them! It was loud! Like, shake your chest loud! I had an SPL meter with me, and at one point hit 125db. Fortunately, my mics (CSS-5 and 416) didn’t crap out on me. The CSS-5 is rated for 120db, and the 416 at 130. I was in the clear with the 416, and, to my surprise, the CSS-5 performed marvelously. I wouldn’t want to make a habit of it though. If it’s loud enough to shake the air out of my chest, it’s probably loud enough to fracture a diaphragm…

Anyways, here are a few samples from the upcoming library:

Drag Racing Library Announcement by Colin Hart

The library will be fairly small – probably only 30 to 40 sounds – but will have a price to reflect that. I plan on releasing it around the same time as the industrial library once HartFX is launched. Stay tuned!

Sound geek note (I assume you are one if you’re reading this anyways…): Recorded into a 744T @24/96. CSS-5 directly into the 744T, 416 through a Wendt X5 mixer into the 744T.

Yesterday I announced my first sound library release, “Workshop”, under “HartFX.net”. I am currently still working on building the library, and it has been a blast! I’m sitting at 9gb of sounds right now, and I’m expecting to be at 20gb once I’m finished recording.

Gear List:

2x Sennheiser MKH800s (M/S)
2x Sanken Cub (Usually spaced pair, sometimes spot mono)
2x Sennheiser MKH60 (mono, one close up, one room)
Sanken CSS-5 (Usually in wide mode)
Schoeps CMXY 4V
Countryman B6 Binaural Setup

Everything recorded into a Deva V and a Sound Devices 744T at 24b 192k.

Here are some of the tools included:

Mitar Saw (Articulating Saw)
Table Saw
Panel Saw
Table Sander
Router
Drill Press
Grinder
Band Saw
Hydraulic Tools
Hydraulic Compressor
Hand Saws
Drills
Shop Vac
and more!

The tentative release date for the library is September 15. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!

FYI: HartFX.net is still under construction and won’t be up and running for a few more weeks. I’ll announce once it’s up!


Workshop Library from Colin Hart on Vimeo.

Fireworks!

Tim Prebble has released a new sound library through Hiss and a Roar! His 4th Library, Fireworks, is amazing! Recorded over 2 days, with 4 recordists, $600au of specially selected fireworks, a few weeks of tender love and editing, and voila! A new library is born! And it took a bit of dedication too. Here’s an excerpt from Tim’s blog on the experience:

FIREWORKS is a library I have been planning for well over a year. Here in New Zealand fireworks are only sold for one week each year (Guy Fawkes is November 5th) and most years I would buy a bunch of fireworks & record them for my library, and I noticed how often those sounds were handy for all sorts of purposes…. So in November 2009 I contacted a number of fireworks importers and asked them to hand select an arsenal for me based on sound. Six hundred dollars later I had a serious fireworks selection but summer was starting & I knew I would have to wait for winter & the fire risk to not be an issue. So I stored my potential library away & waited…

Lots of Fireworks!

Not only am I very excited about the quality of this library (24b 192k!), but I am very jealous that Tim got to shoot off that many fireworks!

Tim didn’t only record raw fireworks, but he did a lot of perspective and “prop” recording too!  Here’s a bit of what he had to say about it:

Apart from 3 big plastic bins of fireworks one of my goals with capturing the fireworks library was about context: these sounds are very useful when designing weapons and I was very interested in reinforcing this aspect by releasing fireworks in metal pipes of various sizes. Earlier in the week I visited a great junkyard and bought a number of different size pipes, from a 2m long metal drain pipe to short narrow pipes to a larger air conditioning vent; all great sources of resonance!


Go check out Tim’s blog on the experience and download a copy! There are 5 versions, ranging from $9 to $99, and a free one too! The $99 version is pretty sweet: 210 sounds, multichannel, 24bit, 192k. Great deal!


Credits:
Tim Prebble – Sound Devices 722 with two Sanken CUB mics
Dave Whitehead – Sound Devices 722 with Sennhesier 8050 and DPA4006
Matt Lambourn – Sound Devices 722 with MKH816 and my MKH70
Ray Beentjes – Sound Devices 744 with quad rig: Sennheiser MKH50+30 LR and MKH816 x 2 LsRs

Check out Tim’s blog on the library here.


You can purchase and download the library here!

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