I have one major sporting vice and that is hockey. If you have been reading this blog, you know that there have been several hockey recordings over the last couple of years: I recorded the pond hockey championships back in Minneapolis and a Harvard hockey game when I was in Boston. This past weekend, I decided to step in up a notch. I went to a professional game in the area between two teams that shall remain nameless so as not to incite the ire of the NHL. I decided to get some good crowd sounds . . . lots of “ooohs”, “aahhs”, and “yeahs”. It was a hell of game; normally, I would have been yelling and screaming, but I had to really hold back so that I would not overlap the recordings. The beginning of the recording features a couple of near misses from the home team, but, as you can hear, they finally manage to put one in the back of the net.
Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of a pair of DPA 4060s mounted stealthily on either side of a backpack inside of an arena with 18,000 plus fans screaming in excitement. It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2 as a front end while trying to avoid the the away team’s fans.