August 22, 2017

Article on HartFX over at Track Time Audio

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David from Track Time Audio recently interviewed Colin Hart from HartFX in an article called "Colin Hart on Bikes, Gaff Tape, and Loud Things" Check it out: Today I made Colin Hart of Hart FX think. TTA: First off, your recent Yamaha R1 bike article states that you were originally there to capture a power boat’s sounds, but weather shot that idea down, but that your host knew a guy who had a bike. Is a “guy who knows a guy who has a thing” a common way for you to acquire sounds? Many to most of my sounds are acquired that way. That’s how the whole trip to South Carolina came about. I knew a guy that knew some people that had … [Read more...]

Road Trip Special: Recording at The Garage

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After we finished up recording Gareth's Yamaha R1, we all decided to go out for pizza and drinks. While we were sitting there talking about our plans for the week, Gareth mentioned that we should come by the transmission shop where he works. It sounded like a great idea. We planned everything out and then showed up around 11:45 the next morning. We timed it so that we would show up right before everyone went on lunch, so we had the whole place pretty much to ourselves. Pretty sweet! Johnny grabbed a stereo package (CSS-5 into a 744T) and I grabbed a mono package (MKH60 into a 744T) and we headed into the garage. We met up with Gareth, who … [Read more...]

Road Trip Special: Recording the Yamaha R1

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Last Monday was our first full day in Greenville, SC. We didn't have many big plans that day, just location scouting, organizing gear, building rigs, and a few other housekeeping activities on the agenda. We were supposed to be recording a MasterCraft Ski Boat with a nearly 400hp Carbureted Ford V8 inboard engine on it, but the weather prevented that. As a consolation, Will, our host, mentioned that his good friend, Gareth, had a Yamaha R1 bike that we might be able to play around with. Having no other plans for the rest of the night, we jumped on it, and were soon meeting up with Gareth to record his R1. I've recorded bikes before, but … [Read more...]

Our 5-Day SFX Recording Road Trip Extravaganza!

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Last week was a VERY productive week for us here at HartFX. I had a wonderful response to the 192k article I posted (thanks!), plus the HartFX crew (Johnny and I) took a 5-day road trip up to South Carolina to record an amazing amount of sound! We recorded vehicles, a mechanic's garage, tons of waterfalls, guns, and explosives, and now we have 3 new libraries on the way! Check them out here, and here. During the trip, we learned a ton and now we want to share our experiences with you! There is so much I could talk about, and I don't want to skimp on the details! So instead of writing one GIGANTIC article that covers everything but … [Read more...]

I’m on a boat!

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Last week, the HartFX crew (aka me and Johnny), spent the weekend recording boats in Sarasota. The first boat we recorded was a 2008 Sea Ray Sundancer 340. It has two T-VD-8.1 S Horizon MerCruiser DTS 370hp engines (loud!). We spent two days recording the boat. The first day we wired it all up and did a bunch of engine starts and stops, as well as revs and other engine sounds. The second day, Captain John Hart (my Pops!) took us out on the Sarasota Bay to get a bunch of different maneuvers and cruising speeds (and have lunch!). We did a whole bunch of different recordings, from Cub-01s in the engine room and a shotgun on the exhaust, to … [Read more...]

192k Experiments

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I was just reading an article on Shaun Farley's blog in which David Sonnenschein posed an interesting question about some of the techniques I use in my sound design. You can find the article this post. [SF] He recorded it at 192, and then I believe he played it back at 44.1. He didn’t go in with pitch shifting, he went and played back the existing samples at a slower rate. So that was a good way to take advantage of that technical capability. [DS] I’d be curious, and I haven’t done this myself, to hear a side-by-side of a sample rate speed change, and then a pitch shift at a fixed sample rate, to hear what the difference is like. I … [Read more...]

A Whole New World! Exploring with a Hydrophone

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About a month ago, I finally (after a year of deliberating) bought an Aquarian H2a Hydrophone. I love it! Very cool mic. As you may know, I've been playing with hydrophones for about 2 years now - most of which I've made by myself - with mixed results. This mic is lightyears better than what I've been using! So Johnny and I set out to find some cool things to record last week. We headed up Longboat Key, and ended up stopping at the park by the draw bridge at New Pass. I threw the hydrophone all the way out and let it settle, then started recording. The Gulf was definitely alive that evening! Depth charts estimate the water to be between … [Read more...]

Sanken CSS-5 Self-Noise Testing

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Someone commented on this video the other day asking how the CSS-5 performed in quiet situations, more specifically the difference between the self-noise in "Normal" and "Wide" modes on the mic. I've never thought of the CSS-5 as a very quiet mic (and don't ever use it for recording quiet things), but I wanted to give him some examples, so I did a quick A/B compare. Here's the original video:   Here's the A/B: I just did a quick recording on my back porch, so there are some rural noises in there (distant a/c hum, kids and toys, occasional traffic, etc...). What are your thoughts? … [Read more...]

Morning Birds

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So first off, I apologize for dropping off the face of the earth! January and February were quite intense for me. I'm finally starting to see a light at the end of the tunnel, so I'm hoping to start posting here a bit more often again! So this morning, I was taking a shower, getting ready. I turned off the shower, and stood still - it sounded like my house had been moved into a aviary or something! I had never heard so many birds outside of my house. So, naturally, I ran and grabbed a recorder (my Olympus LS-10 was the only thing that was handy), and ran outside. I got about 2 minutes of bird sounds, then all of a sudden, as if on cue, … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas from New York City!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Every year, I get the privilege of spending Christmas in New York City, a place where Christmas is spent well! I wanted to share a little bit of my experience with all of you this year, so I went around and recorded a few New York City Winter scenes in binaural so you can experience it with me! Every year, Saks Fifth Avenue puts on a huge show on the front of their building. In case you don't know, Saks is directly across from Rockafeller Center. So if you stand at the front door of saks and look straight out, you see this: Now, if you stand in Rockafeller Center and look at Saks, normally you just see … [Read more...]