August 22, 2017

Gators, Part Deux!

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[UPDATE: For anyone having trouble viewing the SC player, here is a link to a Set of the sounds on SC: SoundCloud] It has been a busy season! Things are finally starting to calm down a bit around here, so the blogging should be a bit more consistent! About 9 months ago, the HartFX team headed over to Gatorland to try to get some gator sounds. We were able to get some jaw snaps, hissing, and some decent ambience - and we managed to feed a Rode Blimp to a hungry gator (most definitely not on purpose...). The sounds we ended up with weren't really anything exciting though - a bit of a let down (considering the work that went into getting … [Read more...]

Extra, Extra, Read All About it!

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A few weeks ago, I received notice that the current show I am working on was put on hold for a few weeks while they re-edit some things, which gave me a few weeks to record again! The day I received that news, I went right out and did this session: I recently noticed, while making copious amounts of collated, double sided, stapled photocopies (fancy machine!) in the office, that the new printer we have sounds really cool. So, as soon as I had a free evening, I grabbed a few mics, a recorder, and a few reams of paper, and started recording. Disclaimer: I did actually have a ton of copies that had to be made, so I didn't waste any paper... I … [Read more...]

Come on Irene

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This past week, Hurricane Irene brushed up against the coast of Florida. There were a few small spin-off storms and whatnot, but it pretty much missed Florida altogether. I still wanted to head to the coast to try to record something though, so I packed up and jumped into the car with my recording buddy, Josh (Twitter: @JoshuaGladu), and we headed over to Cocoa Beach to see what it was like out there. We drove through some pretty nasty storms on the way out, but to our surprise, it wasn't even raining in Cocoa Beach when we got there. The sky even cleared up enough to see the sunset. I knew the waves were going to be pretty big, and I … [Read more...]

Road Trip Special: Falls Park Recordings

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On the second full day of our trip, after we did the garage recordings and picked up our fireworks stash, we headed over to Downtown Greenville, where there you can find tons of waterfalls in Falls Park! We brought the same two packages as before - Johnny had a CSS-5, and I had an MKH60, and of course I brought my hydrophone! The layout of the park is pretty cool. At the top of the park, there is a large river that comes through Downtown Greenville. The river flows through a manmade waterway, and then goes over this cool manmade waterfall. We stopped at this waterfall first. It's one of those cool waterfalls where the water comes off … [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...]

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...]

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...]

AES-SF Day 2 part 1 – Avid Pro Tools 9

So for the second day of AES, I focused mainly on Avid and Portable recorders. Let's talk about Avid first. So ProTools 9 and tons of new fancy interfaces. This has probably been the most talked about topic amongst sound professionals for the past month. TONS of rumors floating around (many of them surprisingly true). So what's the biggest news about PT9? No more LE and no more hardware! No hardware you say? YES! Shockingly (because I know Avid, not because of common sense), you don't need to own ANY Avid (or Digi) hardware to run Pro Tools. Actually, you don't need any hardware at all... you can run it straight off your laptop's internal … [Read more...]