Hiss And A Roar Announce Next Library - Swish Two
Tim Prebble is in the midst of recording his next library called Swish Two which will be a new library of natural dopplers, whooshes and useful organic and unprocessed elements for movement sound design. So far he has been recording (interior and exterior) with a collection of umbrellas, aerofoils, flags, fishing rods, tea towels, feather dusters, aerials, branches, rubber sheeting, Japanese fans, leather jacket, golf clubs and slingshot projectiles.
But here is where you can help, what hasn't he though of yet? Tim is asking for your help and is offering a free copy of Swish Two. All you have to do is send him your ideas and if it isn’t already on the list & your idea makes it into the library he will reward you with a free copy of the entire library!
The Secret Of Sound - Behind The Scenes Of Shaun The Sheep
A Sound Effect posted this video from Into Film Clubs which takes a cheerful look at the sound design, foley and music for the Shaun The Sheep movie, featuring Into Film’s young reporter Jess, and Supervising Sound Editor Adrian Rhodes, Foley Editor Julien Pirrie and many more. Its a great video especially when you want to explain film sound to children.
How To Record Extremely Loud Things
Recently Randy Coppinger interviewed Sound effects gurus Chuck Russom and Michael Raphael for the A Sound Effect blog on recording loud things well. Randy explains...
I remember a challenging studio recording session with highland bagpipes. It seemed like the loudest thing I had ever recorded – louder than a drum kit, louder than an electric guitar cabinet. Folks on Twitter and Facebook mentioned some loud things they’ve recorded: a glass armonica, a banda trombone, a screaming toddler, a piledriver, a mile-long BNSF freight train coupling boxcars at 20 feet, implosion of Texas stadium brought down with C4, and an OgreCat being electrocuted and then set aflame! So field recordists point microphones at some crazy loud sources – the kind of stuff that is so big and energetic, they tend to record outside.
You can read the full interview on the A Sound Effect blog.
How To Record Ambiences On Holiday Without Annoying The Family
Michael Bates went to New York last spring with the family and decided to try to get the best recordings he could whilst he was there, but without annoying his family in the process! Michael explains...
I always take a portable recorder with me on holiday but having just got a pair of DPA 4060 omni mics and having used them to capture ambiences around London (one of which can be heard in the City Skylines theme) I knew that they handled city ambiences really well, so I was excited about trying them out in New York.
Foley Collection FC103 Complete Pack 4 Is Released
Last summer we took a close look at this alternative way to handle foley in film and TV drama sound. You can watch our show and tell review and see how you can use it for foley work.
Alvaro de Iscar and his team have been busy and have just released FC103 Complete Pack 4 which has 18 new instruments recorded during the last few months in their work for Spanish television which have been in daily use in these TV shows. As part of FC103 they have added instruments with shoes on plastic floors, as well as office wooden floating floors and walking on a metal plate. In the 'add ons' there is deep water, sand debris, as well as medieval armour too.
You can buy FC103 Complete Pack 4 for 149.90 Euros but for a limited time with the discount code fc103launchdiscount you can get 50 Euros off.
Tonstrum Release Massive Explosions
Massive Explosions features recordings of 60 massive steal and rock bursting explosions. These lethal detonations were recorded at a restricted military training area in a beautiful sounding abandoned valley in southern Germany. In collaboration with blaster experts they organised over two hundred and sixty pounds of various heavy explosive substances especially detonated for this recording session. To capture each blast as detailed as possible everything was recorded with up to 19 different microphone channels. (From mono up to discrete 5.0 surround.)
Massive Explosions is available in two formats, Combined Stereo and Multichannel which also includes the combined stereo versions too. Normally the Multichannel collection would be $249 but until April 1st you can get it for $199. The Combined Stereo version is normally $179 but until April 1st its available for $149.
Avosound Release Tibetan Atmospheres
Following on from the recent release of Tibetian Monastery Atmosheres which was an archive that focused on monks, prayer wheels and monasteries as well as ceremonies, Tibetan Atmospheres expands the soundscape to include the people and their country. Tibetan Atmospheres takes you into the cities and villages, high up to the grasslands where nomads and yaks roam, as well as deep into forests and gorges. The journey ends on the mountain pass Mt Amnye Machen, which is considered the roof of the world.
Tibetian Atmospheres has over 2 hours of material across 63 tracks and normally is $149, but for a limited period is available for $111.