June 25, 2017

DesigningSound.org’s Sound Design Competition, Sponsored by HartFX!

Saw Complete HD

Every month, Shaun Farley hosts a Sound Design Challenge. We're now on Challenge #13, and HartFX is sponsoring it, which means that if you win, you take home your very own copy of the Hart of Steel HD library! Check out the challenge's rules: We’re going in an advertising direction this time around. The picture above is a capture from the video you’ll be working with for this challenge. It’s an old, in-theatre, trailer advertising a screening of horror movies. You’re task this time around will be to create the audio for this trailer keeping the horror and advertising aspects in mind, as well as matching the sound to the period of … [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...]

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!

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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...]

David Sonnenschein’s Sound Design for Pros

Some of you may have already attended David Sonnenschein's 6-week sound design webinar earlier this month (reported on by Miguel Isaza each week, available to read here), but for those that missed it, you can still be a part of it! David recorded all of the webinars in video format and is now offering them for a discounted price. You won't get to interact with him and others as you would in the actual webinar, but you get all of the information for a great price! Now, this isn't your typical video series on sound design that you might find in a DVD extra or somewhere on Youtube. This is legit pro stuff. It's a series of Six 2-hour sessions, … [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...]

Workshop Library

Yesterday I announced my first sound library release, "Workshop", under "HartFX.net". I am currently still working on building the library, and it has been a blast! I'm sitting at 9gb of sounds right now, and I'm expecting to be at 20gb once I'm finished recording. Gear List: 2x Sennheiser MKH800s (M/S) 2x Sanken Cub (Usually spaced pair, sometimes spot mono) 2x Sennheiser MKH60 (mono, one close up, one room) Sanken CSS-5 (Usually in wide mode) Schoeps CMXY 4V Countryman B6 Binaural Setup Everything recorded into a Deva V and a Sound Devices 744T at 24b 192k. Here are some of the tools included: Mitar Saw (Articulating Saw) Table … [Read more...]

David Sonnenschein’s New Webinar Series

David Sonnenschein - author, scholar, sound designer, and friend of mine - is hosting a 6 week webinar series. I've attended a number of his seminars in the past and they are wonderful. I was able to present some of my work during one of the sessions and got live feedback from David as well as many of the other designers attending online. It's cool being able to get feedback from other professionals in that manner. Anyways, here are the details for the series: SOUND DESIGN FOR PROS - Free Intro Webinar Aug. 24 presented by David Sonnenschein, author Sound Design: The Expressive Power of Music, Voice and Sound Effects in Cinema Live … [Read more...]

Hiss and a Roar Releases New Fireworks Library!

Tim Prebble has released a new sound library through Hiss and a Roar! His 4th Library, Fireworks, is amazing! Recorded over 2 days, with 4 recordists, $600au of specially selected fireworks, a few weeks of tender love and editing, and voila! A new library is born! And it took a bit of dedication too. Here's an excerpt from Tim's blog on the experience: FIREWORKS is a library I have been planning for well over a year. Here in New Zealand fireworks are only sold for one week each year (Guy Fawkes is November 5th) and most years I would buy a bunch of fireworks & record them for my library, and I noticed how often those sounds were handy … [Read more...]