I’ve missed out reading sound recording blogs for almost two months. I’m catching up on my sound effects reading this week.
I’m only partway through my backlog. Here are some articles I’ve read so far that I’ve enjoyed, and you may as well:
Sound Effects Articles
- How the Gorgeous, Sometimes Fictional Sound of the Olympics Gets Made from The Atlantic. Describes sound at the Olympics is specifically designed and mixed for an immersive experience. The scope of sound equipment and staff used is astounding.
- Working or Playing Indoors, New Yorkers Face an Unabated Roar from The New York Times. This article looks at the social and economic impact of the growing density of sound in cities, stores and bars.
- The Science of Quieter Cities from The Atlantic. I like how this article introduces the idea of “soundmarks,” an audio equivalent of landmarks. It’s a good term for what I strive to capture in my travel recordings: sound effects that invoke a sense of place. The article shares examples of soundmarks, and their importance.
- Audiofile Engineering – FiRe 2 Field Recorder from Follow AMP. A review of the iPhone app FiRe 2 for mobile recording. Includes samples. Using it for field recording would require too many adapters to be practical, but the idea is thought provoking.
- Who can wear the “sound designer” title? from The Sound My Head Makes. A well-written post by Rene Coronado examining the title and role of “sound designer.”
- Tamas Dragon creates an interesting option for stealth field recording. He describes a project integrating lavalier microphones with his Sony D50. Read part one which describes how he builds the kit, and part two with audio results.
- Fun With Dopplers from The Sound My Head Makes. A tutorial on the Waves Doppler plug-in (only $75!), using motorcycle passes as examples.
- The Azimuth Audio blog has an extended series on recording vehicles. It’s interesting because it follows a journey of vehicle recording from conception, research to completion. It includes vehicle recording links (a good reference to bookmark), microphone comparison video, and a detailed description of the session itself.
- The Subliminal Effects of Room Tone from Sounds Like Noise. An interesting article that examines the effect of room tones. Includes some cool samples to preview.
Free Sound Effects
A few posts with free sound effects:
- Frank Bry shares an ashpalt compactor.
- Azimuth Audio posts free theremin effects.
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