Sound A Day – 02

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Having a Point and Shoot recorder can be quite rewarding. I feel that all sound recordings in one way or another are usable at some point (recorded well or not). A couple weeks back I recorded my drive home from the studio. I was running through this 12 minute recording last night and found a portion where I just parked in my garage and was closing my power windows.  Because it was pretty much spontaneous they aren’t recorded properly, however they could still work for something down the line. I find that in Ableton its really easy to quickly doctor up your field recordings for future use using simple gating, eqing, and compression. Here are the recordings starting with the original source, then the processed and cataloged versions.

H4n Field Recording – Original

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3 Responses to “Sound A Day – 02”
  1. 10.21.2009

    Couldn’t agree more about most sounds being usable in one way or another. I’m still using my R-09 with the built-in stereo mic to capture all my field recordings, and they are perfect usable with minimal cleanup in Live or Logic.

    • Chris_Kowalski
      10.23.2009

      I like to consider sounds as colors….you can use them by themselves… combine them with others to create new colors, endless possibilities. I find that no matter what the quality… there is a use somewhere someplace. Considering the amount of resources we have for manipulation, mangling, etc.

      How do you like the R09? I think Diego Stocco is using a similar model if not the same. Most of the recorders on the market are really good these days… especially those that record at 96khz resolution and above. I would have killed for a Sound Devices but that would just be overkill currently. I love being able to whip out the little portable whenever I hear something cool and capture it without breaking a sweat.

  2. 10.23.2009

    I am totally on the same page re: seeing sounds not as literal representations of an explicit thing you are trying to create but rather “colors” to combine. My tutorials are fundamentally centered around the concept of timbre and how to manipulate it at the base level, so it’s nice to hear another sound designer speaking in the same terms!

    I love the R-09, and will likely be using it for a long time to do all of my field recording. Agreed about the Sound Devices products, I’ve heard they are top notch. Maybe one day I’ll expand my arsenal with one. It’s all about the portable convenience for me. If a little more noise gets in because of bad preamps, I’ll just clean up the sound as much as possible and deal with it.


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