Tips and Techniques
Aesthetics and the Art of Audio Field Recording

Aesthetics and the Art of Audio Field Recording

Nice article by Steven M. Miller at Trebuchet. When approaching audio field recording (often referred to as ‘phonography’) as a sound art practice, inevitable questions of aesthetics surface. The common attitude often expressed or implied runs something along the lines of “What is the artistic element of so seemingly ‘passive’ an activity as pointing a...
iZotope RX3

iZotope RX3

iZotope has released RX3. RX 3 Advanced Key Features: Remove or reduce reverb from audio using the new Dereverb module. Clean up dialogue in real time with the new Dialogue Denoiser. Monitor your audio and loudness compliance using Insight, iZotope?s comprehensive metering suite, now included with RX 3 Advanced. Advanced features and settings for Declip, Declick, Time and...
Field Recording Workshop/Residency at Mmabolela Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa

Field Recording Workshop/Residency at Mmabolela Reserve, Limpopo, South Africa

Francisco López and James Webb are announcing a new field recording workshop, this time in Limpopo, South Africa.
Video Diary with Simon Whetham

Video Diary with Simon Whetham

I had the honor of collaborating with Simon Whetham during his recent visit to my city, Medellin (Colombia) and also enjoyed the wide variety of activities and experiments he presented at the Museum of Antioquia University, where he did installations and workshops dedicated to explore found objects, ancient instruments, spaces and of course, field recordings....
Andrew Roth, Audio Archaeologist

Andrew Roth, Audio Archaeologist

Andrew Roth has been hunting 19th-century sounds. A self-described “audio archaeologist,” this fall he tracked down and recorded the musical instruments, bawdy songs and period slang that made up the actual sounds of San Francisco during the Gold Rush, for a new exhibit called “Boomtown.” Full article

Dave Ruddick – Sound In The Field

Sound Recordist Dave Ruddick goes through his set-up and explains how he records surround sound in the field. This clip was shot at Tongass National Forest where Ruddick was handling sound for the film Fortress of the Bears. Fortress of the Bears Via Colin Hunter’s Audio Lounge

Recording Ultimate Foliage

Frank Bry has published a very nice post about the recording process of his newly released sfx library called Ultimate Foliage. I’ve been asked a few times, “You’re recording leaves? Why?” My short answer was because they are there. The long answer is because I’ve always needed some leaf-type sounds in my video game work....

Make a Mic from Baking Soda & Cream of Tartar

Colin Cunningham at MakeZine has posted this great video on literally cooking up a contact microphone (rochelle salt crystals) from baking soda and cream of tartar. Piezoelectric materials are about as close to magic as you can get. They turn physical pressure into electricity and can even turn electricity into physical pressure – an amazing...

Tim Nielsen’s Microphone Collection

Sound designer and recordist Tim Nielsen has written a great article for Designing Sound, talking about his addiction to microphones and sharing his thoughts about the following setups he uses: Schoeps MS Rig: CMC6XT Bodies with MK41 Mid and MK8 Side Sennheiser MS Rig: MKH50 Mid with MKH30 Side. Sennheiser MKH416 Shotgun Schoeps CMIT-5U Shotgun...
Alan Lamb Interview

Alan Lamb Interview

Chris Watson interviews Alan Lamb for The Wire, BBC Radio 4. Download The Music of the Wires: wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson is captivated by the extraordinary sounds of the wind and the weather as they play on vast lengths of fencing wire stretched across the Australian landscape. Alan Lamb is an artist, biomedical research...

USBPre2: Part1 – First Impressions

About ten days ago i received my USBPre2 after waiting for three (long!) weeks.  This is not a technical review but more about my impressions and thoughts after integrating it in to my home and field recording setup. 1. Why? I had been using the Mbox2 with my laptop (MacBook Pro) and desperately needed to...

Summary and Sounds of the MoKS Nature Recording Workshop

The group spent one early morning and one full evening out in the field, analyzing and collecting sounds. We then listened to the recordings that were made an identified the animal species that were heard. Comparisons of different recording setups were helpful to in defining both aesthetic and scientific approaches to the sounds that were...