So this is the first post that I’m putting up that I recorded with the binaural head that I built. My previous binaural recordings were made with a head-worn system (found here). I based this one from Jeff Anderson’s design (which can be found here. I tried it the exact way he did it, but I wasn’t getting the sound I wanted, so I improvised a bit and combined my old design with his design to come up with this:
I used the same head and silicon ears that Jeff Anderson used, then I attached Countryman B6 lavs into the ears with foam (in the same way I wore them in my post referenced above). They went through Lectrosonics LMa transmitters to the Lectrosonics Venue Reciever. Oh yeah, and I named him Fjörg.
I finally got to use it today. I was sitting in my living room watching some TV and working on my laptop when I heard some thunder in the background. Within 30 seconds it was pouring. Unfortunately the Nagra was trapped inside my car, but I had the 744T on the table in front of me, along with the wireless receiver. I hooked it up really quickly and put Fjörg out on the porch.
If you frequent my blog, you may remember that my porch has a tin roof on it. Awesome for rain recordings. This is the first binaural I’ve done with this roof though. So the first run I ran the Venue unit straight into the 744T. The storm was fairly intense, so I got some cool stuff, although I wish I had the Nagra on the intense stuff…
Here’s a sample of what I got: (about 2 minutes out of the 12 minutes I recorded)
FYI: This is a binaural recording, so you must use headphones to listen properly!
So, while that was recording, I grabbed an umbrella and ran out to the car to grab the Nagra. After I had a decent amount of material recorded on the 744, I switched over to the Nagra in hopes that I would capture something awesome. Here’s an excerpt from the beginning of the recording:
Unfortunately most of the big storm was over, however, it had one more surprise in store for me:
Awesome stuff! So there you have it! If you’d like more info about Fjörg or my technique, just let me know!
I did a bit more SFX recording this weekend, but you have to go check out Chuck Russom’s blog to hear them. He’s doing a post this week made up of a compilation of recordings from a whole network of SFX Recordists. It’s going to be awesome! Go check it out here: Chuck Russom Blog.