I recently came into the possession of a Bamboo Cane about 4.5 feet long and used it to make several sound effects. I started by recording fast downward motion swishes by positioning a stereo pair of Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones along with a Neumann KMR 81 Shotgun microphone. From those sounds I was able to sample them and play them back in different pitches and lengths. They work great for whoosh sounds and for creating Kung Fu fighting sound effects. With a little work I was also able to create the sound of an Axe Throw Sound Effect whistling through the air.
Listen to a sample: Bamboo Whoosh & Swish
I have been spending more time recently developing new commercial music tracks. My concentration has been writing and recording folk acoustic guitar songs and various children's music tracks. This is where I have the most experience and I really enjoy the process. I usually start with a rhythm pattern and add acoustic guitar to build and flush out the arrangement. I add in bass guitar, an electric piano pad and then work out the lead melody. I have a wonderful Santa Cruz 1934 OM Grand that I usually use for my guitar work. I record it using a stereo pair of Neumann KM84's. This is done on a Mac with Logic Pro X.
It was great to get out a couple of weeks ago to capture a ton of different gun shot sound effects. My friend Karl had quite the arsenal! Except for battling with a few planes from the local airport it was a perfect morning. This sample below is a gun battle ambience using lots of the weapons we shot.
There's never a dull moment when out in the field recording new sounds. This past weekend I traveled up to Wallace, NC to record Gun Shot sound effects at my brother-in-law's farm. We were in the middle of a cow pasture. Later in the day we noticed one of the few bulls approaching and he wasn't too happy we were there. He particularly didn't like me and when he got within about 15 feet of me he put his head down to start the charge and I heard my brother in law yell, "Get to the truck Mark. Get to the truck!" Unfortunately, my recorder wasn't in record mode because it would have been a most amusing sound to capture and especially when I dropped my boom pole and at about 20 feet out I looked behind my to see my blimp rig dragging and bopping behind me. Fortunately, there wasn't any damage. At the time, it was not funny but later it was VERY funny! Having a 2000+ pound bull getting ready to run you over can sure get your attention. I didn't realize I could move quite as fast as I did! Sure wish I had hit record.
We had a few inches of snow fall on an inch or so of ice last night and the scenery is quite beautiful! I took advantage of it today and went out with my Zoom F8 and Sennheiser MKH 8040 microphones and captured several good sound effects. I even had my wife drive through the neighborhood while I hung a boom pole and mics out the back window to capture the sound of driving through ice, now and slush! Came out perfect.
I have been enjoying some vacation time here at Christmas and it has given me an opportunity to spend some time developing some new sound effects. In additional to creating many Cartoon Character Sounds I've been producing various Magic Wand effects using Logic Pro X, Eastwest Sounds & Vienna VSL Instruments. These sounds are perfect for cartoon and game projects.
I recently spent some time at a Camp Retreat site near Fayetteville, NC and recorded several sound effects including different sounds of walking on pavement, gravel and leaves. It was a beautiful, sunny, fall day and armed with my Zoom F8 & 8040 Stereo rig, I captured some great sounds.
I couldn't be happier with my Sennheiser MKH 8040 stereo pair! I purchased these along with a Rycote rig and they are absolutely perfect for capturing sounds/field recording. I was blown away by the crispness and natural sound they capture. The low end is incredible. I usually have to roll off some of the bass frequency in post. The build quality is wonderful.