Grand Central Terminal

photo credit: flickr/mike_fleming

A few weeks ago I had a meeting in midtown Manhattan at Grand Central Terminal. Grand Central Terminal is one of those iconic New York buildings that tourists and commuters flow in and out of every day without stopping to take a listen or a look around. It is a gorgeous building that went through a major restoration in the 1990s and should be explored repeatedly. I’ve lived in New York twice and I still don’t feel like I know the building at all.

I made it to my meeting early so I decided to do some recording. I planted myself along a wall near one of the larger stairwells and just relaxed for a little while. The first thing that is immediately striking is how reflective the space is. Since the Terminal is cavernous and covered in hard surfaces, it is not surprising, but always striking.


Recording Geek Note: Recorded with DPA 4060’s head-mounted with the stereo image narrowed a fair bit in post. It was tracked to a Sony PCM-M10 with a Sound Devices MP-2 as a front-end.

Coney Island Cyclone

Lately, I have been toying around with my tiny DPA 4060 microphones. I’ve been trying to find interesting places to mount them to record a variety of sources in order to get a better feel for them. I’ve owned them for a few years now but I’ve never really pushed them all that hard, so I’ve been trying to make a conscious effort to get out and record more.

photo credit: flickr/spatch

It’s almost summer in New York City and a lot of folks here consider Coney Island a great escape.  I wanted to record a couple of  pass-by’s of the famous Coney Island Cyclone before it got really crazy out there.  In just a few weeks the ambience will be filled with crazy amounts of music blasting from all over, so I decided that a mellow weekday was good time to try to capture the rattling and creaking of the historic 1920s roller coaster.

I was happy to record it, but I am never getting on that damn thing. Would you?

Recording Geek Note:  I stood alongside the coaster with the DPA’s head-mounted and slowly tracked the movement of the coaster with my head. It was tracked to a Sony PCM-M10 with a Sound Devices MP-2 as a front-end.




Two City Slickers and a Chainsaw

Last weekend I headed upstate with the Missus and my in-laws. Much to our dismay, there was a storm the night before we arrived that took down trees and subsequently took down power lines. That also meant that the Father-in-Law and I had some trees to clean up. Out came the chainsaw and the city boys went to work.

After we dealt with all of the downed trees, we moved on to the half-fallen trees that needed to be taken down for safety reasons. Our first pass at the tree wasn’t our best:

We initially thought that the chainsaw would be able to get through the tree because it wasn’t that large, but the tree proved to be mightier than the saw.  At least we had a good laugh. After we pried the chainsaw out of the tree and remembered our high-school physics, we cut a wedge on the top of the tree and it worked like a charm.

The power never did return that weekend, but the Father-in-Law and I got some serious bonding in and we all have a ton of firewood for the winter. There’s nothing like a family that is understanding when I am compelled to bring out the recording gear  during yard work.

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