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How do we improve our field recording skills? Sometimes it requires us to leave our comfort zone to record unfamiliar subjects, or travel to strange places. Another aspect that helps is the idea of accountability.

The idea behind accountability is that you’ll be inspired to produce more or better work when there’s a responsibility to share it. This can give us the push we need to create our very best work and deliver it to others.

Accountability while field recording can take many forms. It may be an article you post about your field recording experiences. You may share tracks on SoundCloud. Another option is to exchange clips with a group. Two excellent examples are The Sound Collector’s Club, and sound forum Audible Worlds’ Crowdsourced Projects.

Another opportunity appeared earlier this year. German field recording website planned an ambitious project: an album of nature field recordings gathered from across the globe on International Dawn Chorus Day (IDCD), 2015. They encouraged recordists to strike out in the early hours of May 5th to gather nature and bird sounds at dawn. It was an invaluable opportunity for a field recordist to invest themselves to gather sound effects within a specific environment, and have accountability to field recording fans, worldwide.

I asked website owner Sebastian-Thies Hinrichsen about the project. He graciously explained the idea behind the website, and how the project came to be. This post also shares info about the album, and about International Dawn Chorus Day.

The next post will feature a special interview with a community field recordist who took part in the International Dawn Chorus Day album project.

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Article: Review of Wildtronics Parabolic Microphone Dishes

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I’ve had a fascination with parabolic dishes ever since I read community field recordist Tim Prebble’s experiences using a Telinga dish to capture nature recordings. Prebble’s article showcases the stunning results parabolic field recordings achieve. Recordist Daan Hendriks, who is currently roaming the wilds of Africa capturing sound effects, is also a fan of the dish, and his clips are equally impressive.

I have a glaring lack of birds and insects in my sound library, so I’ve been chewing over the idea of buying my own parabolic dish. What options do field recordists have for using parabolic reflector dishes?

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Article: 10 Tips for Sound FX Library Publishers


Earlier this week I published an article called 10 1-Minute Fixes That Drastically Improve Your Indie Sound FX Library on my sister website, Sound Effects Search.

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How Recording Tone Helps Field Recordings - Cityscape

I’ve been chipping away at revising all my sound effect books. I plan to release updated editions later this year (anyone who has purchased digital copies will receive updates, free of charge).

Anyway, while reviewing Field Recording: From Research to Wrap, I realized I had not mentioned one small but important step when beginning your field recording session: recording room tone.

Have you ever captured a noisy sound effect and wondered what to do with it? Have you found yourself wrestling for hours with de-noising plug-ins? Wondering how you can publish cleaner sound clips?

Today’s post was designed to introduce beginners to this vital – but often neglected – field recording step. It will explain why recording tone improves your field recordings, and helps you master sound fx clips.

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Field Recording Gear in Sunlight 2

Today’s post is the second post in a short series about pro audio career advice. The last article explored general pro sound tips and tricks.

Today’s post answers two of the more common questions I see in my email inbox:

How do I become a field recordist and share sound libraries on the Web?

How do I get and established selling sound, and what’s the most effective way to break into that world?

Do you want to record sound effects beyond the studio? Are you eager to share your field recordings with other sound pros? Today’s post includes suggestions to help you build a field recording career sharing sound on the Web.

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Introducing a New Sound Effects Podcast

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A few years ago I posted a Q & A with Asbjoern Andersen, owner of the independent sound library sharing website, A Sound Effect.

At that time (2013!), his website had just launched. A Sound Effect has changed quite a bit since then. They now sell sound libraries directly (including some of mine). Just today they added a new feature: a podcast devoted entirely to independent sound effects libraries.

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Gain Control

How do you begin field recording? What’s the best way to break into pro sound? Can you earn enough cash to survive selling sound effect libraries on the Web?

I always look forward to receiving email from readers. Recently, I’ve received a handful of similar messages:

How can I work in pro sound? How do I become a field recordist and share sound libraries on the Web?

They are popular questions. I always like seeing them in my inbox. Why? Every message has interesting variations to the question. Some people want to know about post sound. Others are interested in radio production. A few are specifically interested in field recording and sharing sound fx bundles.

Today’s post begins a two-part series of reference articles with career advice for beginners. It shares tips and tricks that you can add to your toolbox to help you find rewarding, paying work in pro audio.

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“Visual Microphones” Recreate Missing Audio

Hitchcock Colorized by Sanna Dullaway

In the 1970s, Wilson Markle pioneered a new film enhancement process. To the delight of many film buffs, Markle showed that it was possible to add colour to black and white films. While his initial efforts resulted in weak colours, the concept of film colourization took hold. Results improved in the 1980s and have since led to colourization of many classic films such as It’s a Wonderful Life, King Kong and others.

Is it possible to do the same for audio?
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