I’ve been doing a lot of flying lately for a sound effects library I’m working on. It’s been a nice change of pace; Using my library sales to fund these trips, rather than spending it on gear and props. However, as many know, flying can be a pain in the rear–especially in America. Add on to that carrying a bunch of suspicious-to-TSA looking audio gear, and you’ve got a recipe for frustration. Through my various trips, I’ve found some ways to make things less frustrating, and I’d like to share them with you! Continue reading
I went to my first Nascar race last weekend. It was LOUD!
People had warned me about this, but I don’t think I quite understood it until I was there. Continue reading
I’ve been slowly building up my home studio over the years. I’ve purchased speakers, monitors, televisions, computer parts, keyboards, interfaces… all that fun stuff. However when it comes to some things, I look at the price and just get angry. Continue reading
I just got back from a nice week long trip to Ireland. It was definitely a personal vacation, and while I didn’t intend to record much, I always had my PCM D100 along for the ride. I’m glad I did! Continue reading
I don’t have to much to say about this post other than it’s a very special time in Chicago right now. After 108 years, the Cubs are now world champions once again. After the top of the 10th, I set up some mics outside our building to capture the environment after the game. Continue reading
One of the things I’ve had almost no experience in until this year is onboard vehicle recording. To be honest, I probably subconsciously avoided it for so long because of how difficult/time consuming it can be to get right. There’s a lot of things to factor in: Number of mics, Mic placement, Wind protection, Gear protection, Performances to capture, etc. Continue reading
One of the things Chicago is known for is it’s some what infamous river. The Chicago river (as beautiful as it is today) was once so sludged full of sewage and other waste that rats could run across the build-up on the surface. Humans, on the other hand, had to build bridges to travel to the other side. Because many large ships used to travel the river regularly, the bridges had to be capable of lifting out of the way for them to pass.
So how do you lift a bridge? Continue reading
I’ve been running Collected Transients for almost a year now (wow!), and feel like it’s a good time to take a look back at my experiences in launching and running an independent SFX library so far. I’m going to try to be as open as possible. I hope those who create or are thinking about creating SFX libraries might find this useful. Continue reading
Every now and then when I visit my home town my Grandpa has some ideas of what might be fun to record. This weekend I went back and found out he had an old manual Klaxon horn in his basement. Little did I know how loud those things are! I had to use the pads on my Oktava mics for the first time. Continue reading