June 25, 2018

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...]

New Library Coming Soon: LFE Effects

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So it's been a good few months since I've released a library. I am planning the release of 3 - 4 more by the end of the summer - so keep your eyes out! The first one that will be released (hopefully by the end of May) is a collection of high resolution LFE effects. The library will be called... drumroll please... "My Hart Resonates!" I enjoyed that :-) These aren't your simple synthesized LFEs. These are all real sounds, in real environments! Here's a taste of what I mean: (you'll need a sub or good headphones for this one!) In the demo above, everything is recorded with an Aquarian H2a hydrophone (sometimes with … [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...]

Mortars and Microphones

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About six months ago I purchased a ton of fireworks. Why? Because I like blowing things up. So combine that with a recorder and you have some awesome sounds. I never got around to actually using any of them until just last week, when I decided to bring a bunch of them out to a party at my friends house, which is in the middle of nowhere. While at the party, we found this long drainage pipe and started throwing bottle rockets down it. The sound was absolutely amazing, and I decided that I needed to record the resulting sound. So a few days later, I returned with an arsenal of rockets, firecrackers, and my favorite, mortars. Armed with a … [Read more...]

AES-SF Day 2 Part 2 – Portable Recorders

So I'm really getting tired of answering the question "What's the best handheld recorder" or "Which one should I get" or whatever permutation of that question gets asked. It's not that I don't like helping people, but I get bored of answering the same question over and over - plus, there's really no right answer - it's very much based on your needs. So, a month or two ago, I decided that I was going to do a handheld recorder roundup. Not just one that compares specs and all - that's as simple as data gathering, and anyone can do it with a little help from Google and your preferred audio retailer's site. What I want to do is to round up all … [Read more...]