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The craft of field recording is a complex one. It requires nuanced skill and on-demand creativity that take years to cultivate.

Of course, capturing field recordings doesn’t end when you return home and start charging your batteries: the sound clips must be polished and organized before they can be shared with listeners. That’s why sound fx mastering and curation are important steps that complete the arc of sharing sound.

I’ve noticed there are a lot of questions about preparing field recordings for listeners. It’s understandable. Field recording itself is hard to learn. Mastering and curation are even more niche.

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It seems like everyone is on vacation during August. So, while everyone’s away I’ve taken the opportunity to post updates of older, popular posts.

The last to be updated is the Digital Sound Recorder Buyer’s Guide. It’s different from the larger Field Recording Gear Buyer’s Guide in that it focuses specifically on audio recorders. It also was designed to give field recordists tools to make informed choices by examining basic features, advanced features, fancy, bonus features, and extra considerations. There is also a section to discover audio recorder models in three price brackets.

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A few years ago I started a series called “Metadata Month” (series 1, series 2). That explored how to add the valuable bonus text info known as metadata to sound effects to aid searching and using field recordings.

In one of those posts I took a stab at listing every “metadata app” capable of managing sound libraries, browsing sound clips, using and adding metadata, and transferring sound files.

There were 15 apps in that post. Well, it’s been three years and things have changed. Recently I refreshed the post with new info.

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A few months ago I published a new list of field recording equipment. It wasn’t the first time I examined gear choices for sound pros. My first stab at it was the Field Recording Gear Buyer’s Guide. That helped people new to the craft explore gear options in an evolution from basic kits to intricate, expensive microphone, preamp, and digital recorder combos. Thanks to you, that post remains one of the most popular articles on the site.

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Please note: the sale has concluded.

Today you can save 50% off all field recording and sound library building e-books. We have this sale once a year, and it lasts 48 hours only.

Use discount code SUMMERSALECFR17 to save up to $25 on field recording and sound library e-books.

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About a year ago traffic here to the website increased substantially. With that came many offers and requests from sound companies. Some of them wanted me to write reviews for their products. Others wanted me to promote them. A few wanted to write keyword-laden guest posts with links back to their websites. Many of them offered me cash.

I refused all of them. Why?

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Hello everyone. Today I’m sharing a quick note today about changes to the website. I will get to articles about ambisonics in a few days.

At the advice of our legal counsel, we’ve recently updated three pages here. We’re required by law to let you know about the changes 30 days before they take effect. So, today’s post is a brief notice about the changes:

  • Terms of Service – what we guarantee to provide, and what you agree to by using the website.
  • Copyright Notice – a statement that everything on the website is owned by Creative Field Recording.
  • Privacy Policy – how we use information on the website and how your info is protected.

In short, the pages clarify things and provide more detail. While the pages add much for text, they are done in the spirit of the previous pages.

If you have any questions about the changes, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I’d love to hear from you.

Paul Virostek
Owner, Creative Field Recording

A brief update: I’ve created a page for Creative Field Recording on Facebook. Most of the posts will be mirrored from the site or from on Twitter. However, if you’d prefer to follow me on Facebook, you’re now able to. Follow and Like Creative Field Recording on Facebook.

I have also created a dedicated YouTube channel for Creative Field Recording. Right now it has a few screencasts from past articles. I’d like to post more video content on the site. So, follow Creative Field Recording on YouTube to learn about future videos. Stay tuned for upcoming tutorials, location videos, and more.

You can also follow me on Twitter, SoundCloud, or connect via LinkedIn.

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Today’s article is the last featuring community responses to the field recording survey. It’s the first that begins to move away from gear itself and explores more intangible aspects of field recording. That will conclude with a final pair of articles drawn from the “A Month of Field Recordist” interviews: the motivations behind field recording.

The last question in the survey asked:

What one suggestion would you give to beginning field recordists?

At first, I debated adding this question. I’m glad I did. The responses were captivating.

Let’s take a look.

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Field Recording: From Research to Wrap is now available via Kindle Matchbook. This means if you bought the print version of the book from Amazon, you can now download a matching digital copy free of charge.

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