January 21, 2019

129th Annual AES Roundup

Wow! Tons of stuff going on this week! Big news from Avid, great stuff from many microphone companies, Izotope, and tons more! The AES trade show floor was considerably smaller than usual, but there was a lot of cool stuff there. If you spent some time digging and talking to reps, inventors, presidents, etc... there was a lot of cool info to be gathered. I did my best at grabbing pics and info about topics and products pertaining to audio post and field recording / production audio. I'll cover a lot of it here, but if there's something I don't cover that you're wondering about, feel free to ask me if I happened to come across what you're … [Read more...]

Industrial Library

I FINISHED IT! My Industrial sound library, that is. The Complete HD version is 23.54GB! That's HUGE!!! 281 files, over 5.5 hours of sound! I will be releasing it very soon, so check back for details in the next day or two. For now, here's a demo of some of the sounds from the library! INDUSTRIAL 001 Complete HD Samples by Colin Hart Let me know what you think! … [Read more...]

Drag Racing Library Announced!

So, I've been working for a few months now on a small library of Drag Racing sounds. It takes a while, because they only have legitimate test runs every so often, and sometimes I can't make them. I was able to get a good bit of them recorded this Saturday, however. The place I usually go to is out in the middle of nowhere, and since they were just doing test trails and qualifying (IE, not a single person in the stands), they let me out onto the track to record (I had to stay behind the takeoff point). Got some awesome stuff! Wish I had some of those modified iso cans with the MDR7506 components in them! It was loud! Like, shake your … [Read more...]

Florida Bugs

So it's summer here in Florida. Crazy hot. One of the cool things (heh...get it?) about summer is the sound that comes with it. Every evening, after the daily rain storm, there emerges this chorus of cicadas, crickets, frogs, and other loud sound making insects (yes, I know frogs are not insects...). It's impressively loud. I can hear it inside my house while the fans, A/C and TV are all on. Every time I hear this chorus, I think to myself, "Wow, self, I really need to record this to share the experience. This is epic!" And then I never get around to it or don't have my recorder with me, or whatever other excuse there is. However, … [Read more...]

A Wedding, and Some New York City Recordings

So my best friend Ben from 3rd grade all the way through college just got married last weekend! Awesome! I was in the wedding, so I flew up to NYC on Thursday morning to prep for the wedding on Saturday. Of course, I brought a 702T with me so I could record the wedding, and brought my NT4 so I could traipse around NYC and grab some sounds if I found some time. So Ben and Hannah got married. It was an absolutely wonderful time. I had one of the best weekends I've ever had. Wedding So the wedding was amazing (did I mention that?). I was so busy doing things and meeting people that I didn't have time to do any audio work until … [Read more...]

Sailing Anna Maria Island, Anna Maria, FL

This past weekend I went to Sarasota to spend Easter with my parents. My aunt and uncle live nearby (in Bradenton) and they invited us to go out on their sailboat. So we went out sailing on Saturday, and I thought, "Hey, I could get some sweet sounds out there", so I brought some gear with me. And I did get some awesome sounds. When we met up with Betty and Ed (my aunt and uncle), the boat, The Jlua (pronounced Ja-lou-uh) - a 1982 41' Morgan, was anchored out in the middle of Bimini Bay (at the north end of Anna Maria Island), tied to a group of their friends' boats. My aunt picked us up in the dingy and took us over to the boat. Once … [Read more...]

Binaural Car Wash Recording, and a Video!

So last week I posted a cool post about rain recordings. I got a lot of great feedback from it, especially from the binaural recording. So I dug up this binaural recording I made about a year and a half ago from the inside of a car wash. I'm obsessed with binaural recording and mixing. I'm actually working on a few projects right now that feature binaural audio. I hope to be able to get one of them up on my blog later this month. More about those projects later. Anyways, this is the same setup as the last recording I posted (Countryman B6 mics installed into earplugs, Lectrosonics LM-400 wireless (I don't have the XLR adapters for the … [Read more...]

Hydrophone Recording of a Broken Piano

Here's the first recording I did with my hydrophone. I only had about 30 minutes to play with it, so this is all I've done so far. I hope to get a lot more stuff done tonight and tomorrow. My setup: Old broken piano, Hydrophone, C-stand, bucket of water, Fostex PD-6 I recorded hits and strums on the piano for about 15 minutes. Here's the best one. Note: the only processing is iZotope RX for Noise reduction (PD-6 Pre's were a bit noisy) and gain, and then a little EQ to bring out some of the higher frequency artifacts. Pianophone (The tail is almost 30 seconds long. Best to listen with good speakers or headphones) More to come … [Read more...]

My Escapades with Plasti Dip: The Birth of a Hydrophone

I've always wanted a hydrophone, but I could never justify the price since I never actually needed one, so I never got one. I've attempted a few times to make one myself, but it never worked out. Hydrophones/contact mics have seemed to be a common topic in the last few days on a few different blogs (Nathan over at Noise Jockey and Chuck Russom), so my interest piqued again. I decided to make one out of the trusty ol' $2 piezo buzzer from Radio Shack, some Plasti Dip, and spare wire, connectors and heatshrink tubing I had laying around. I retreated to my workbench and emerged 20 minutes later victorious. I had a working contact mic (not … [Read more...]