April 21, 2014

Mortars and Microphones

Explosion Web

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...]

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...]

HartFX Drag Racing Library Released!

Racing Screen Shot

I’ve just announced the release of my new drag racing library, “My Hart is Racing!” This heart-pounding library is 1.2gb in size, 46 files wide, and 37 minutes long. It includes, dragsters, jr dragsters, super sport cars, bikes, imports, and more! There’s even a 7 minute qualifying heat included that comes unedited! Tons of good source for some epic sound design! For this week only, while I’m at AES, I’m offering this library at a discount. Normally it will be $20, but until I return home from San Francisco, you can purchase it for just $10! The trick is that you’ll have to find my promo code to get the discount! I’ll post it on … [Read more...]

Cool Train Sounds / I Promise I Remember I Have A Blog!

Wow! Long time no write! Been very busy lately, with the company launch and all... so it's been a while since I've posted any cool recordings or talked about my escapades. So, time to start writing a bit again. This post will just be an update of what I've been doing, some cool recordings I've done on the side, etc... So, where to being? For my birthday, back at the beginning of October, my parents flew me up to DC (where they were at a conference for a weekend) so I could celebrate with them. During the trip, I picked up a car from them and then took the Autotrain back to Florida. Now, that's a 19 hour train ride. So I'd be silly not to … [Read more...]

HartFX.net Launched!

After about 8 weeks of non-stop work, I've finally launched HartFX.net! I have my first library for sale starting today, my Industrial library! I posted a demo a week ago, but here it is again, for good measure :-) Check it out over at HartFX.net ! Excerpt of the library description from the site: It’s HUGE. As in almost 24gb of sound. All in 192k/24b. If you played all of the the files back to back, it would take you over 5 1/2 hours to listen to it all. And that’s not even the cool part. This is kind of a unique library. I recorded with a number of microphone (up to 8 at times) into two Deva V recorders (a single one didn’t like … [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...]

Ric Viers on Location Sound Mixing

Ric Viers: he is a sound effects recordist extraordinaire, an author, a business owner, a husband, a father, a friend, and the owner of one sweet soul patch. Even better, he has kindly done an interview with me for the blog. Ric has a new book coming out next year that deals with production sound (which he can't share details on yet), but I thought I'd get a head start and interview him about his production audio experience. There aren't very many production audio resources out there, so his book will be filling a huge void. Ric is the owner of Blastwave FX, a sound effects company, The Detroit Chop Shop, a post production house in Michigan, … [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...]

Evening Summer Storm in Central Florida

I was able to catch a quick evening storm a few weeks ago. Had my gear ready for the storm this time (they happen almost every afternoon), since I've been trying to record thunder before the rain starts. Unfortunately, I was unsuccessful this time, but the storm was fairly active, so I grabbed some video from my iPhone. I apologize for the video quality - an iPhone at night doesn't ever turn out too well... The audio was recorded with a Sanken CSS-5 in wide into a Sound Devices 702T at 24b 96k. Orlando Summer Storm from Colin Hart on Vimeo. … [Read more...]