Embracing My Inner Chainsaw

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I had a rather frustrating couple of days of recording this past weekend.  I was in the country again and at first I didn’t think it would stop raining, and when the rain did finally stop it never got quiet enough for my taste.  Drops of water cascaded down a canopy of leaves, which created a wonderful crackling sound, but unfortunately, a clean recording was not in the cards.  Planes and cars constantly passed by and I didn’t get one clean second.  I was in a fairly remote place, but sometimes you just can’t catch a break.  So instead of posting something beautiful from the country I thought I would embrace my inner chainsaw.

The recording below is from a visit I made about a year ago to a small farm in Wisconsin.  I had to record a bunch of farm sounds and machinery for a client, and nestled up next to a tractor was an old beat up chainsaw.  After the chainsaw finally started it proceeded to up and die a quick death.

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 in a small barn that housed the tractor and some hay.

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Michael Raphael   July 22, 2009

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