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.
The Best Posts of 2012
I’ve picked nine posts from 2012:
- Getting Good Sound Effects from ‘Passive’ Field Recording Sessions. This explores how to capture superior field recordings from subjects you do not directly control by using “the 4 P’s”: pick-up pattern, patience, position, and perspective.
- How To Add Personality to Your Sound Effects. This article followed on the last with suggestions for adding character to sound fx recordings using four tricks: expression, environment, performance, and personality.
- 5 Tricks to Record Better Atmospheres. Practical tips to help improve capturing ambience sound fx.
- How to Take Your Sound Effects to the Next Level. This article shared how to improve your field recordings by using five interconnected tricks from the Sound Effects Star: difficulty, rarity, quality, variety, and creativity.
- What Ruins Stealth Sound Effect Recordings, and How to Fix It. Tips for embedding authenticity in my favourite type of sound effects: stealth recordings.
- An Introduction to Sound Effects Mastering. I wrote this step-by-step guide for mastering sound clips in response to a reader’s email.
- How To Build a Viable Sound Effects Library. This article introduced the idea that sound effects are divided into two broad categories: foundation and signature sound effects, and shared how you can record each type of clip.
- How to Record Sound Effects on a Budget. A list of tips and ideas for capturing audio inexpensively.
- An Introduction to Gathering Sound Effects. How do you record sound fx beyond the studio? This post is an overview of how to get it done, designed as an abridged version of my Field Recording: From Research to Wrap e-book.