Archive for June, 2010


I decided to record this train with my homemade binaural head. I’m still in the testing stages with the microphone, so I don’t have all the bugs worked out yet.


The signal distorts right as the train passes, which is unfortunate. The signal distorted at the microphone level, which surprises me because the mics are rated at 125db. Possibly still louder than that at the distanced I mic’d it from. Next time I’ll back up the mic about 10 feet to see how it does there.


P.S. Please disregard the color “correction”, as it is terrible….

Social Sound Design has quickly become my go to place for all of my sound design questions. It is a great forum. One of the things that makes it truly great is the high concentration of professionals who actually know what they’re doing, aren’t afraid to say they don’t know, and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Also, there is a complete lack of flaming there. I used to frequent some of the other sound forums out there, but I just can’t stand the flaming or derailing of users’ threads. SSD is completely different. It is a very professional, courteous environment.

I’ve been a member for a bit over 3 months now. There have been some great questions and some great answers. I’d like to take a few minutes to list some of my favorites.

You Know You’re a Sound Recordist If…


Foley Recording Musts


What would sound sound like at the speed of sound?


Listening to Your Own Work


Video Files, Frame Rates and Codecs Oh My


What Does A Boom Operator Do?


Got Any Stories About Dangerous Recordings?


There are so many more good ones. Obviously I won’t post all of them – that would be silly. There are some great resources on this site. Ones that are very difficult to find elsewhere. It is also promoting the overall trent of “Sound Community” where designers are getting together and sharing resources. Great stuff going on here!

A big thanks has to go out to Andrew Spitz, the creator of this site! Such an awesome job dude! Check out Andrew’s blog as well, {sound + design}

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:

Fjörg

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!

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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:

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Unfortunately most of the big storm was over, however, it had one more surprise in store for me:

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Awesome stuff! So there you have it! If you’d like more info about Fjörg or my technique, just let me know!

P.S.
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.

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