Snowy Footsteps

It is the height of summer in NYC, and lately that seems to mean warm and humid days mixed with plenty of thunder showers.  Hopefully we’ll see less rain through August, but some of these hot days got me thinking about winter.  When I lived in the midwest and I saw plenty of super cold days and nights (you can hear quite a few on the blog).  I recently went digging around my archives for sounds from some of the colder days I was out recording and I came up with a real gem.

I had to go and record footsteps in snow, which meant a visit to a state park in the middle of the night and plenty hand warmers.  I managed to drag a gullible friend to go with me and do the walking.  That morning we recorded footsteps with different shoes; this take features a special traction device called Yak Trax.  As you can see in the photo they are little cleats that you can stretch over your boots for extra traction.  I’m not sure why they are called Yak Trax . . .   maybe yak hooves have really good gripping power?  Anyway, I love the coarse sound they made on the really cold snow, and every time I listen to these steps, I can still feel the cold ripping through me.

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Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid.  In this case I only tracked the mid.  It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96 in a very cold Minnesota state park.

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Embracing My Inner Chainsaw

I had a rather frustrating couple of days of recording this past weekend.  I was in the country again and at first I didn’t think it would stop raining, and when the rain did finally stop it never got quiet enough for my taste.  Drops of water cascaded down a canopy of leaves, which created a wonderful crackling sound, but unfortunately, a clean recording was not in the cards.  Planes and cars constantly passed by and I didn’t get one clean second.  I was in a fairly remote place, but sometimes you just can’t catch a break.  So instead of posting something beautiful from the country I thought I would embrace my inner chainsaw.

The recording below is from a visit I made about a year ago to a small farm in Wisconsin.  I had to record a bunch of farm sounds and machinery for a client, and nestled up next to a tractor was an old beat up chainsaw.  After the chainsaw finally started it proceeded to up and die a quick death.

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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 in a small barn that housed the tractor and some hay.

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Looking for Inspiration

Hey folks,

I just wanted to post a bit of a request.  I am quite busy at work these days and I am looking for some inspiration.  I am based in NYC these days and I would love hear from you!  I’m wondering if there are locations or specific sounds you would like to hear on the blog?  I’m essentially taking requests so drop me a line in the comments, and I’ll try and get your requests on the blog.

Best,

Michael

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Under the Delaware

Independence Day in the States just rolled around and what better place to spend July 4th than the Delaware River?  If it’s good enough for George Washington it’s good enough for me.  I am still trying to get to know my new hydrophones and the bottom of the Delaware was where they ended up for a few hours. There are little rocks on the river bottom, so the trick was not to get the sound of the mics scraping them and actually recording the current rolling by.

If you listen closely you can hear different forms of air traffic filtered through the water.  I also wanted to test the mics ability to be almost crushed, so I picked up a few rocks from the surface of the river and threw them towards the capsules and ended with an interesting effect.  Luckily I only came close to the capsules so they can be used again.

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

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