Rockets and Rabbit Ears

I’ve been running this blog for over 3 years now, and it is with great excitement that I announce the establishment of Rabbit Ears Audio.  After years of recording for myself, I’ve decided to launch my own independent SFX library company.

My first library, REA_001 ROCKETS features a number of rockets that I’ve posted previously on this blog, and, in honor of the launch, I’ve decided to put up two of my favorite rockets from the library.

This is an large scale amateur rocket recorded at a close perspective with a pair of Schoeps in an MS configuration.

This is slightly smaller Rocket recorded at a close perspective with a pair of DPA 4060s.

They were truly a blast to record.  Here is a little background from the Rabbit Ears Site:

I recorded these rockets on two separate occasions.  The first session was in Plaster City, California, where temperatures soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit before noon.  The second session occurred in Pine Island, New York on an onion farm.

One of the biggest challenges when recording rockets is battling the high SPL and developing strategies to overcome it.  Before I did any recordings, I went to a launch and spent half a day just listening.

After working around lots of hobbyists and their wonderful creations, I have a pretty explosive collection of sounds.  None of my microphones or their owner were harmed in the making of this library.

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Ostriches (Baby)

I’ve been buried under a few work projects lately, so my recording trips have suffered.  This week I wanted to revisit an old favorite of mine: ostriches!  Back in 2008 I was living in Minneapolis and I got a call for Ostriches.  Luckily for me there was an ostrich farm not too far into Wisconsin.  Before I left, I really didn’t know what I was getting myself into, so I dragged Rob Byers along for company.  He’s one of my recording buddies.

After we met the woman who ran the farm, I noticed a giant scar on her leg in the shape of an ostrich claw. They kick.  They kicked really hard.  We also quickly learned that the adults only make noise when they are mating (a low hooting noise), and unfortunately we were not that lucky.  We also learned which ones would not be living past the next week (the yearlings):

They barely made a sound, but they did like biting my zeppelin.  I didn’t mind because, I knew they would soon be snack food (“bite away poor fellows”). At that moment I was starting to feel a bit down on my luck since we hadn’t really heard much except the story of how the farm owner got kicked by a yearling.  That was until we discovered the babies!  Not only were they cute, but they made this unearthly chirping sound that I’ll never forget.

When I was working on Radiolab a colleague of mine, actually used them as the basis for the sounds of parasites hanging out inside a large intestine.  I’m good for baby ostriches and parasites.  One of my favorite things about that day was the massive amount of ostrich jerky we left with.  The woman who ran the farm refused to let us leave without 5 pounds of ostrich jerky.

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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