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 . . . . . . . .

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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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Michael Raphael March 1, 2011