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Field recording is a unique craft. It is practiced under very specific circumstances: field recording captures real sound effects beyond the controlled environment of a sound studio.

That makes field recording tricky to learn. I have mentioned in the past that some schools touch upon field recording in film and recording courses (article one, article two), as do actual field recording workshops. Generally, though, field recording is learned via exploration or apprenticeship. A dedicated, academic method of learning field recording has yet to emerge.

Of course, there’s a more immediate way to learn field recording: by reading. I’ve been collecting links to field recording books for some time. So, today’s article presents a resource for those of you that want to sit back and flip through a good book about the craft of field recording.

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Best of 2014 Hero

This is the fourth retrospective of the website’s posts. Browse the previous “best of” posts: 2011, 2012, and 2013.

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Compare Field Recordings from the Sony D100, D50, and Neumann 191

Sony PCM-D50 and D100 Small

Lately I’ve been Tweeting quite a bit about the Sony PCM-D100 portable audio recorder. Why? I’ve been collecting tandem field recordings from both the D100 and its older brother, the D50. My goal is to compare the sound quality between them (as well as other features) for an upcoming D100 review.

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Best of 2013 Hero

This post is the third in a series of my favourite yearly posts.

View the “best of” posts from 2011, and 2012.

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Best of 2012 Hero

This post is the second of four brief posts that collect my favourite articles on the website. Learn more about the concept in last week’s post.

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Best of 2011 Hero

This post will be the first of four yearly website retrospectives. Why?

Well, the blog has been around for a while now. The articles are stacking up. Truthfully, it’s not that easy to sift through a WordPress website. The blog is getting a bit unmanageable with the number of posts.

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Article: 11 Ways to Improve Your Sound FX Web Store

Missing Website Data 1 - Hard Stats

My sound library search engine, Sound Effects Search, has added over 70 new sound libraries in under two months. That’s an astounding amount of growth in the independent sound library community.

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Year Four- A Retrospective

I woke up one day just over four years ago this month and realized that I had been unemployed for half a year. The previous version of my sound effects website that I had launched the summer before was on life support, discouragingly underpowered for the technology it was using. Worse, I was uninspired. I hadn’t recorded a single shred of sound for ages.

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How to Stereoize 20b - Final Result, Sound Field

Last week’s article shared step-by-steps instructions for transforming a mono sound effect into a stereo file. That process, also known as “stereoizing,” was based on a tip that mixer and sound editor Shaun Farley of Skywalker Sound described in a forum post, years ago.

Of course, you can simply follow the steps described in last week’s post. That will produce good results. However, that article may have left you with questions:

  • Why does the trick work?
  • Why should you use it?
  • Is it safe to stereoize mono files?
  • How can you safely check your work?

I turned to Farley to answer these questions. So, today’s post shares a Q & A with Farley that explains how he began using the trick, the science and risks behind it, and more.

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