Do You Have a Rooftop?

Lately, I’ve been spending days and nights on rooftops all over NYC for a collection of surround recordings from up high. One of my favorite locations this far is a rooftop on 20th and 2nd avenue. This location came with a lovely view of the Empire State Building, and, if it hadn’t been for the temperature, I could have stayed … Read More

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When the City Sleeps

New York City is supposed to be the city that never sleeps and for the most part it is. The Big City always seems as if it is hustling and bustling – on some rare occasions, you can catch it sleeping. I spend a fair bit of time working on the east side of Midtown and it is a commuter’s … Read More

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Clack Clack Clack

Back in September I wrote about recording typewriters, and the generosity of Tom Furrier of Cambridge Typewriter. It only took me six months to finish the material, but there is now a completed SFX Library: I recorded seven machines from 4 perspectives: Close Distant Under Keyboard, Close Under Type Bars, Close With a ton of actions per machine:[1] single keys … Read More

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Grand Central Stealth

We all encounter situations where walking around with a large Rycote and a big Portabrace bag might not be ideal. There are times where ambiences need to be recorded without our subjects reacting to the fact they are being recorded. This is where having a good discrete recording setup is always handy. The Tapers Forum has a plethora of examples … Read More

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love M/S

This post comes from guest contributor, Charles Maynes. Charles is a talented Sound Designer, Editor, Recordist and all around decent fella. I’ve also added a few footnotes that might be helpful -Michael As a child of the Cold War, I always loved the film Dr Strangelove, and now can mark off my bucket list my misuse of one of its … Read More

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