Babbling Brook

The last few months have been rough.  My ears have been sparring non-stop with terribly loud sounds – first, a Military Vehicle SFX library with Rob Nokes (REA_005), then last week’s Bell SFX library (REA_006), which was not any easier on the ears.

I needed a break.

After releasing the bell library, I took a trip to upstate NY with the Missus and family on Friday, May 13. Excited to get into nature, I made a promise to myself that I would record something quiet! All signs were pointing in a positive direction when I went out for a Saturday bike ride with my father-in-law and we met this fella:

Amazingly, I had never met a porcupine before, so we chatted for a little while before we both had to go on our way.

All weekend long it rained intermittently, and a number of brooks really started to flow with character. I picked up the gear and went strolling around for some water. The only thing missing was my new friend the porcupine. Here’s one of my favorite brooks from that weekend:

The weekend was almost complete on the ride home, but the missus and I couldn’t get this guy to stop:

Next time Randy, next time.

Recording Geek Note: The brook was recorded with a MKH30/40 pair with a Cooper CS-104 and a Sound Devices 744T.

Buddhist Bell Plate?

I’m hard at work finishing the next Rabbit Ears Audio library, REA_006. The recording has taken me to a bell foundry and percussion rental facility, among others.

I wanted to take a break from editing and post a short clip of one of the more unusual bells I recorded. This bell comes courtesy of Percussionist Jonathan Haas and his percussion rental business, Kettles and Company.  Jonathan told me that he picked up the bell from a Buddhist temple when he was overseas, but didn’t have much more information than that.  I’ve tried to do some cursory research and I’ve seen it most commonly referred to as a “Buddhist Bell Plate” or a “Prayer Bell.”  I’m curious if anyone knows the appropriate name for this bell?

Please hit up the comments if you know the appropriate name of the bell or if you have any materials I can read. I would love to properly identify it in the library. Stay tuned for REA_006 BELLS!

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/192.