Church Bells

This past weekend, the Missus and I went to a big wedding up in Hunter, NY.   The couple was married in a beautiful wooden Ukrainian Catholic Church that was built without a single nail.

The acoustics in the place are just beautiful.  Surprisingly, the acoustics in the church were not the biggest attraction.  Just outside the church is another hand-built structure: the bell tower.

The bells were sounded for the arrival of the couple and at the conclusion of the service.  I was lucky enough to weasel my way into the bell tower to sneak in some recording time.

Even though there were still some people in the church driveway, I managed to get a fairly clean recording.  If you listen carefully you can hear the creaking of the ropes and pulleys that the bells rest on.

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 24/96

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Coffee Coffee Coffee

I have a confession to make.  I’m a coffee addict and I don’t want to do anything to change.  I’m truly in love with the brown substance and over the last year I’ve become accustomed to the sound of our coffee maker.  My sister-in-law was nice enough to buy us a new coffee maker when we move back to New York, and it is the gift that keeps on giving.  I’ve been in love with our Cuisinart Grind and Brew since the day we took it out of the box.  We often set the machine up at night: there is nothing like hearing the beans grind and smelling them brewing.

I don’t know why it has taken me this long, but I finally decided to record the grinder in our special coffee maker.

The first section is the Grind and Brew dry fire, and it is followed up with a grinder full of beans.  It has a nice whirr to it, and it is truly a sound that I cannot get enough of.  If you could only smell the aroma!

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 24/96

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New York Rockets

Rocket recordings have been on my mind lately because I’m in the process of building a Rocket SFX library.  Some visitors to the blog may have heard some of the rockets that I recorded on the West Coast two years ago, and I have been in the process of augmented my rocket content.  I contacted my local chapter of METRA rocketry, which is an organization that shoots off mid and high powered rockets.

As you can see, these guys really don’t mess around.  The rocket on the left was one of the high powered rockets that required over 1000-foot clearance from all of the attendees.  Recording this rocket and many of the others required lots of guessing about where to set levels.  There was some serious SPL out there, kiddies.  Just look at the size of the people in that photo and look at the size of the rocket.  At least 3 rockets that day required FAA clearance because they flew over 5000 ft.

Lucky for me this was my second rocket trip, so I guessed wisely.  I ended up leaving that day with over 15 rockets recorded on 6 different channels.  I have my Schoeps MS pair, my brother’s MKH 60, my newly acquired Sanken CUB-01, and a pair of DPA 4060′s.  The CUB-01 is a boundary layer mic and it was my favorite of the day.

The CUB handles a high level of SPL, but I still had to deal with low frequency vibrations and wind since it would be sitting on the ground.  I found these foam discs that are used for waxing cars and the density was just perfect.  It gave a little, which is good for absorbing shock, but still was stable and firm on the ground.  I cut out a piece slightly larger than the capsule of the CUB and zip tied a high wind cover from rycote over the capsule.  I’m really pleased with the results and I can’t wait to finish this library.  After this past weekend, I think I decided that I need another CUB, but I might have to wait a little while.

Recording Geek Note:  Rig consists of Sanken CUB-01 It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.

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Window Birds

Last week I posted a short recording of spring peepers from my anniversary getaway with the Missus in upstate New York.  The frogs were chirping away, but they were not the only creatures making a racket.   Since it was Memorial Day weekend, it was inevitable that our peace and quiet would be encroached upon once Friday came along.  As our week passed, we were met with sounds of lots of noisy campers and the occasional lawnmower.  However, one of the more beautiful sounds was the bird life every morning when everyone else was still sleeping. There is a tree right outside our window which birds love to congregate in, which leads to a chorus of activity:

I set the recorder up right by the window facing the tree, and I had it kick in at 4:30 AM and go out of record at 8:00 AM.  Not only did the recording turn out wonderfully, but I managed to sleep soundly all morning because I didn’t have to wake up and punch record! I love the timer on the Sound Devices recorders.  There is one edit point in the recording which I tagged.  The file above starts at 4:30 AM and then I cut in around 7:00 AM, so you could hear how the sound changed as the morning wore on.  There are also a couple of nice wing flaps in there.

I’d be grateful for any species identifications.

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 24/96.

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