August 22, 2017

Get Ready, Get Jet, BOOM!!!!!!!

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You may remember last year when we went out to an event called "The Night of Fire" to record jet cars, but I forgot a cable? Well, we went back this year and grabbed some wicked recordings! The "Night of Fire" is an absolutely wonderful night where a bunch of Jet Car Drivers from across the country come together to show off what they've been working on - jet powered dragsters! First off, putting a jet engine inside a car is a crazy feat of engineering. These things are crazy powerful! The smaller cars had 6000+ horsepower, and the big rig (yes, a semi truck cab), has 18,000hp! Enough to propel the 4 ton beast to 209mph at the 1/4 mile. … [Read more...]

Road Trip Special: Explosives and Fireworks

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Our last full day in South Carolina was a big one! This is the one we planned for. Explosives and guns! Let's talk about the explosives first. I've recorded explosions before, so I sort of knew what to expect. I also knew it was going to require a lot of planning if I was going to come out with anything worth using. The things I needed to consider were location, gear, and available ordinance. Also, I had to stay within my budget with all of this. First, I decided to find a location. The main reason we travelled to South Carolina was because of this location. We were given access to this huge farm that was in the middle of nowhere. It … [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...]

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...]

How My “Sound Snooper” turned out…

Last week, I wrote about the "Sound Snooper" homemade "shotgunish" microphone from an Electronics journal published in 1965. I thought it looked awesome and I wanted to know how it sounded, so I decided to make one. I did not, however, want to pony up the $200 for the aluminum piping used in the journal. At least not for the first time around. Instead, I decided to spend a mere $4.68 on PVC piping, and about $20 on epoxy. Far cry from $200. I used 1/2" PVC instead of the 3/8" Aluminum (couldn't find 3/8"). I figured the difference was somewhat negligible. So I started construction: I played around with a few different types of … [Read more...]

IED attack simulator: Trying to capture/design the most realistic sounds.

Mix Magazine has written an amazing article on veteran Sound Designer / Mixer Ezra Dweck, who has recently been contracted to help design an IED attack simulator for the training of US Troops. He was enlisted to capture and recreate, as acurately as possible, what it sounds like to a soldier inside a humvee to get hit by and IED. That sounds like a difficult, but incredible fun task! "Wait, you mean I get to blow stuff up, AND record it? Then you want me to play it back as loud as possible?" Sounds like a sweet gig to me :-) The Audio Challenge For the sound design, Dweck was tasked with coming up with as realistic a presentation of … [Read more...]

Recording the Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch

Saturday night, February 7, 2010, I decide to make the the trek over to Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of the Endeavour shuttle on mission STS-130 to the International Space Station. It was the last night launch ever for the current space shuttle fleet, and there's a chance that space exploration will be stopped indefinitely after the 5 remaining launches. 1:00 am, Sunday morning (Listening to "Mr. Hurricane" by Beast) So, knowing that I would regret letting this opportunity go by, I saddled up, geared up and set out to Titusville, FL with a few friends. Two minutes after leaving, I get pulled over for an expired tag (oops...), … [Read more...]