Paintball Marker Madness

About a year ago I did an SFX gig out in Southern California not too for from Magic Mountain in the valley.  Tucked away behind a big facility that euthanizes the county’s dog population was a paintball field full of targets and obstacles.  One of the first things I learned when I got there was not to call the paintball markers guns.  Apparently, they are not guns, but markers . . .  Once that bit of semantics was out of the way, we could move on to the recording.

Two colleagues and I spent about 12 hours recording about 5 or 6 different paintball markers.  We shot markers off pilons, metal posts, wood benches . . .   if something was on the field it was shot.  I found the sounds of the paintball markers to be on the thin side; they were more dynamic when they ran out of paintballs or when the paintballs would make contact with something interesting.

The following recording is from the two parts of the day.  The first part is a recording of bursts and then the marker running out of ammo.  The second half is a different marker firing paintballs into the dirt.  Texturally, I like the second half more because it has a granular sense to it.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.  Thanks to Jerry Berlongieri.

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Manhattan Bridge

I am still exploring my new adopted borough of Brooklyn, NY, so don’t be surprised if you hear and see a lot of recordings from that locale on the blog.  I recently explored some of the parks around both the Brooklyn and Mahattan bridges.  On warm weekends you can see tons of kids playing and adults leisurely reading their newspapers.   It is one of the more relaxing and mellow places to hang in that area, but unfortunately since I have moved the weather has been drab and rainy on most weekends.

This recording is from one of those overcast days in Brooklyn Bridge park where I planted myself under the Manhattan Bridge to record the subway cars passing overhead.  I like a lot of the detail in the recording, but the only unfortunate elements are a few rain droplets that began to fall, and they sound like little clicks of handling noise.  They drive me nuts, but I do like some of the reflections off the supports of the bridge.  I excerpted a fairly clean segment recording, but I would like to go back when the weather is a bit nicer.  So in the meantime enjoy a short recording of some traffic and the N train passing overhead.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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Hydrophones You’re The One

photo credit flickr/mybloodyself

This week’s post is a bit of an experiment.  I recently purchased two hydrophones, and after a few weeks they finally showed up in the mail.  My work schedule right now wouldn’t permit me to run to the east river for a quick test run, so I settled for my bathtub.  I placed both mics on the surface of the tub and began to fill the tub with water.  Initially you can hear the mics rubbing up against the surface of the porcelain, not the most desirable sound, and then you can hear movement in the water.  I played around with the flow of water and at one point dunked my head below the surface to see what kind of changes would occur.  The grand finale is the water draining out of the tub.

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So far I’m pleased with the purchase, and hope to get them in a river soon.

Recording geek note:  Tracked with 2 Dolphin Ear Pro hydrophones to a Sound Devices 744T recorder at 24/96.

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