How can you record great sound effects?
Field recording well requires using gear properly, having a solid recording sensibility, and knowledge of acoustics and signal flow.
However, as a listener, these things rarely come to mind when we hear an impressive sound. It’s similar to watching a movie: we never wonder how the gaffer lit a scene. That may come to mind after, of course.
It’s the same with sound effects. Whether hearing them on their own or skillfully blended with other audio or video, our first reaction is to simply experience them. We react to booming thunder, a crisp gunshot, or forlorn, howling wind. But, after we’ve assembled our gear, flicked the switches and turned the dials, how can we as field recordists create an experience for our listeners?
One field recordist who knows is Frank Bry.
Bry is a pioneer in the world of sharing sound. He posts frequently on designingsound.org, sonic-terrain.com, as well as his Twitter stream and field recording blog.
Bry is well known for his voluminous collections of tricky sound effects. His recordings are known to be pure and powerful. But his recordings also contain something more: instinct, inspriation, and “vibe.”
Frank kindly spent some time answering questions about his origins in sound design, how he shares sound, and his method for evoking the best possible experience for his listeners.