Crazy Switches

I recently released a sound effects library which features recordings of the Soviet-era Mi-24 Hind Attack Helicopter. While everything about that experience was thrilling and ridiculously fun, I want to focus on something very specific on the blog.

If you want to read all of about the crazy helicopter experience in total you can do so over Rabbit Ears Audio.

One of my favorite days of recording the Hind was the day we spent recording the switches and the electrical system on the aircraft. All of the switches in the cockpit sounded much bigger than they were. They sounded like they were built to last.

Among the more unique switches were the breaker switches. The aircraft had quite a number of break switches and there was one large switch where all of the breakers could be switched on a once.

When we set out to record this aircraft I was concerned that we wouldn’t have enough time to get all of the switches done, and boy am I glad that we managed it. The interior of HIND is filled with such character. And don’t forget about the inverters on this bad boy:

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. The inverter was recorded with an MKH 8060.

West Side Chopper

Recently, I was required to record some quiet sounds on a boat and when you try and do that on the westside of Manhattan you are going to be in for trouble. It is always a good idea to try and record in the late hours of the night in urban environments when you need quiet, but that is not always possible when you have to work around the schedules of others.

Sometimes you need to get a job done and other times you can take the opportunity to stop, listen and appreciate what is ruining your work day. In my case, it was a series of tourist helicopters that take regular tours around Manhattan that made my recording session useless, but instead of walking home pissed I decided to record a few choppers.  Sometimes it not so bad to have your day ruined. Sometimes . . . . . . . .

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.



East River Rumbles

This recording dates back to October 2009.  I was wandering around with my gear and I ended up at Brooklyn Bridge Park along the East River. The Brooklyn Bridge was off to my left.  Water taxis, tourist boats, and helicopters were all whizzing by and the promenade was full of random people goofing off.  One of my favorite moments that day was when two women approached me:  “Are you recording?  Yo, are you recording?”  I love when that happens!  I went on to explain that I was recording the ambience there, which seemed to confuse them.  One of the women went on to tell me how she just finished working on a new hip hop single.  I don’t know how recording the random sounds of Brooklyn Bridge Park makes me a powerful record mogul, but somehow it did.  Didn’t anyone tell these ladies that the recording industry is broken?

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One nice detail in this recording is the sound of flagpole ropes rattling against a flagpole that was off to my left.  In the midst of the boats and aircraft rumbling by, it was a subtle repetitive sound that stood out to me.

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, while trying not to get accosted by random morons.