Because of the extremely strong gusts appearing during a hurricane, the sound recordings have several points where the microphones had a hard time handling the gigantic pressure, and therefore a great deal of mic buffeting is going on. I have had the material tested out, in the sound community, and have decided to keep the sounds as is, with no edits or cuts!!!
Recordings from storms and hurricanes, from the past 3 years.
This SFX ambience library contains both interior and exterior recordings, from the past 3 years, of some of the biggest and most violent winds hitting the Danish coastal area.
For Danish standards at least, the storms have been quite terrifying. With average winds at plus 38 meters per second, and gusts above 50 meters per second, it has been a adrenaline pumping experience to be standing in the middle of it all.
Some of the locations have (in hindsight), been crazy and stupid trying to record. I really can not advice anyone to be out in weather like that. The below pictures of the aftermath proves that, one should stay indoor when authorities tell you to.
The damage done to the local yachting harbors, and coast has been enormous. Ships were thrown around, stacking up in corners, and old bunkers from the 1940 were revealed from the sand on the beaches. Roads were washed away, and basements were completely submerged.
Library contains 38 tracks all 96/24:
21 tracks of hurricane/storm recordings from Yachting, and commercial harbor. Wind screaming as it fly’s through rigging, wires, masts etc. Plastic covers, structure, flags moving.
6 tracks of hurricane/storm in the city. Trees moving, wind howling, small debris passing.
2 tracks of storm in the forest. Trees creaking, as wind moves through tree tops.
9 tracks of interior recordings. Roof moving, draft from windows. Small debris hitting window.
Delivered as 3 seperate Zip. files, uncompressed 4, 5 Gb.
Equipment used: Sounddevices 702, Sennheiser MKH 8020´s, MKH 416, Ambient Emesser. As much Rycote as I had, and a hard hat….
Special thanks to Lars Ahlberg, Karina Anker,Trine Hütten Anker Hansen, and Ole Hansen, for the following fantastic photos!
During the hurricane: The yachting harbor was getting hammered badly. Boats and pier was heavily damaged
(photos, Lars Ahlberg and Karina Anker)
Aftermath: The winds and water uncovered German world war 2 bunkers, hidden in the sand.
(Photos Trine Hütten Anker Hansen, and Ole Hansen)
Recorded in Copenhagen Zoo for use in a coming movie, Peter Albrecthsen was looking for a weird, different and yet scary sounding animal. The Tasmanian devil is all that.
These critters bark is worse then their bite (at least the ones we recorded). Still we were not allowed inside the cage, and was forced to boom the devils.
A big chunk of dead kangaroo was tied to a tree, and the Tasmanian devils were let out in the open.
Their screaming and fighting is purely to find out who will eat first. The scarier, and louder, the bigger the chance to eat first.
This mini library has 11 mono files all 192K/24bit, with huffs, sniffs, growls, barks, bite and chewing, and those eerie and weird screams.
Since Tasmanian Devils Mini SFX library is recorded outside in a zoo, it has some background birds atmospheres, which has been de-noised processed, as much as possible!
All tracks in the mini library are the ones heard in the above demo.
Recording setup: Sounddevices 702, Sennheiser 416, and alot of patience!
Im very pleased to introduce a great guest team of contributors to the Sonicsalute SFX library site, and their new massive Wood Impacts SFX library.
Human body impacts has always been sonically close to fibrous plants.
Everyone knows that leeks, celery or carrots are often used in foleys to do flesh and bones movements or impacts.
But how to reproduce real low impacts with that kind of fibrous release?
Fred Devanlay and Cedric Denooz had the idea to use soaked and moldy logs to record this sound library for you, and provide low and organic impacts.
Wood fibers explosions, hit by metal tools, give us trashy and detailed raw sounds which can help anyone who wants rich material and textures for impacts in sound design.
Door explosions, medieval knights fights, SWAT assaults, or horror sounds, or just wood lumbering can be emphasized with this sound library.
1651 sounds, simultaneously recorded in mono and stereo, at 96 kHz and 24bits are provided here with detailed metadata, more than 2Gb of sounds.
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Video of the recording process:
Making of Wood Impacts
Organized in 10 different folders (Hits, Movements, Digs, Cracks,Mangles,…) identified by their recording setups, you’ll find a wide inventory of textures, which will be useful to assault your next Minas Tirith Citadel!
Broadcast wave, 96 kHz, 24bits files
AB ORTF Stereo couple recording- Rode NT55P microphones
Hypercardioid simultaneous recording with Rode NTG3 for precise impacts
Tascam and Fostex recorders
EAA Pre amps mixer
Stereo Mixdowns of the two microphones setups are also proposed.
Frédéric Devanlay – CEO-Sound designer
BIG WHEELS Studio
Merry Christmas and happy New Year to all, and thank you for your support in 2013!
From 12 of December 2013 – 1 of January 2014, Sonic Salute is having a Christmas & New Year combo sale on the following 2 libraries:
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Today on my way home from a Copenhagen stealth recording day, I went to the underground station Nørreport, to catch a train home.
This station is particular known for alot of noise and its heavy smog.
In the rush hour the old diesel engines are still used to get all the departures on their way. These diesel engines come through and stop at Nørreport.
The recording below is another great example of how bringing the wrong mics to the gig can ruin the recording
To be fair, I wasn’t even going out to record this, but just “stumbled” upon the sounds and had to press the record button…. I couldn’t help it…sorry
Please keep the volume low!!! The last recording (the visible giant soundcloud sausage in the end) is terrible
Not so long ago, the diesel engines was the only engines there. For obvious reasons (pollution and noise) Im glad the electrical trains has been introduced.
Mics used: DPA 4060 (will try the low sense 4061 next time). Gain set at 35 db.
Title says it all.
I have been spending a few days at the local car cemetery and recycling shop. This is where our 4 wheeled friends end their days.
Before the poor things were being torn apart for spares and placed on top of each other, I had the pleasure of recording a lot of their doors, opening and closing. As they were rubbish anyway, I could really put all my weight into the closing, and not being scared of the consequences.
Sounds are from everyday cars. While some had a bit of rattle and rust, or cheap and thin kind of sound to them, others had some nice, heavy, and convincing thump, to them when they closed.
Library contains 78 mono door open/close sounds from 30 cars, and 6 car trunks, with multiple passes on each for soft and hard closes. All for a slamming attractive price.
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Exterior Car Doors Open And Close, 78 Mono files, 80 Mb, 96/24. All metadata tagged and ready to go!
Track list is here: CarDoors
Recorder: Sound Devices 702
Microphone: Sennheiser Mkh 416
So another thunder-storm passed this evening. Had some real severe rain along with it and one huge clap right above the house where I recorded.
I had just set up the mics, and was about to set the gain on the 702, when the first strike made the whole house shake. All lights went out, and the fuses died. A really close hit!
The first recording in the soundcloud file is distorted badly, but I wanted to share the ones captured today, anyway.
The Mkh 8020’s recorded some very distant thunder too. This can be heard at the end of the soundcloud file. The mics are a handful when it comes to low-end!
Another lesson learned on recording thunder, I guess.]]>
Today, I had nothing better to do, then doing some more tests with my set of Mkh8020´s. This time I thought it could be interesting to check out how they would handle the high-pitched whine, and low rumble from trains passing by.
These first tracks, I had to cut the lows at 50. The softies couldn’t handle the winds, and my full modular windshields and fur is still somewhere in Germany.
It was ok though, because the sounds I wanted to capture here, are what train enthusiasts call “Kurve skrig” (curve screaming).
First track is a preview of what happens in track 2.
Second track is a train passing close by, in a curve, which makes the tracks scream violently.
I CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH, THAT YOU SHOULD LISTEN TO THIS TRACK WITH A LOW VOLUME!!!
The sounds are brutal. I cannot believe how annoying it would be for the residents living 10 meters away from this. They have to listen to this sound 4 times each hour. Ouch!
Third track. EQ is bypassed on this and next track, to get the low bumps recorded. Wind is still a problem, but not as problematic as the tracks before.
Fourth track. Train passing with some low and loud bumps.
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I really enjoy recording with the 8020´s. They have a nice sensitivity, so I don’t have to crank the gain to get input. If I’m recording quiet sources, I can still do this, because of their low self noise.
Here is for hoping, that a full modular Rycote system will get me closer to controlling the wind.
The last 10 years the harbour in Helsingør where I live, has undergone some dramatic changes. The moat around Kronborg castle has been remodeled into the way it looked several centuries ago. The old docks have been turned into museums, and the user area around it all had been made more user-friendly. Its been a long while, but its been worth the long wait.
Today was the grand opening. To celebrate this, 3 of the cannons from Kronborg were firing, the shipyards whistle, the local icebreakers whistle, and the ferry foghorn was singing along. The city church bells and a local girls band, were playing too.
I decided to try to record the event with my Mkh 8020´s. I placed the mic rig on the roof of the old shipyard, and waited.
The mics captured, to my ears at least, a very special thing. The cannons being my absolute favorite. The tail and reflections just sounded so cool, and weird.
After the third cannon-shot, it pretty much turned into chaos, with all the above things playing at the same time.
Crazy how the ear and brain can focus and listen to one thing, and filter away other stuff. I don’t remember the actual experience as being chaotic, but when monitoring the recording afterwards, I could easily hear the chaos there
Here is a picture of the place, with a short description of the different whistles, cannons, crowds etc.
And here is the sound, recorded with 2 x Sennheiser Mkh 8020´s and a Sounddevices 702.
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– Very long tension creaking sounds
– Multiple breaking sounds
– Ice impacts on ice
– Ice impacts into ice water
Tracklist is here: ICE Tension Creaking Breaking
Pack of 206 mono and stereo files-96K and a selection of 192K recordings, 680 Mb wav.big.
(library delivered as 1 zip file) All files named and metadata tagged.
Recorder: Sounddevices 702
Mics: Sennheiser Mkh416, Aquarian Audio H2a XLR, and Røde NT4
Recording sessions info:
All tension creaking, and breaking sounds in this library, were recorded inside a dens pine tree forest in Sweden. Particular for this hidden gem of a location is, that the distance to the nearest bigger road is apx. 10 Km, and further more, the location being surrounded by tall pine trees, makes the chance of any wind very low.
At night, all you can hear is the pulsing rush of blood beating in your own ears. Its so silent, its almost scary.
During the day, an occasional bird or two visits the area, but overall the place is empty for bird wildlife.
Why is this important to know?
Because the wide open area where all the sounds for this library were recorded, is like the biggest Foley recording room on the planet, which makes it really easy to get super clean sounds recorded on location, and excludes the use of any noise reduction in the editorial process.
While recording the tension, creaking and breaking sounds of the ice, was fairly easy. Keeping myself from getting injured during the sessions were difficult.
Ice is slippery. I knew that. But standing on a thin sheet of ice with an average of 5 to 50 Cm of nothing to the rocky bottom beneath it, was a different story.
This “nothing”, however, served as an amplifier of the different sounds. Making the breakups almost glass like, and explosive.
Picture below, shows the special area, and the hundred of different holes with ice on top of them (and a picture taken after the session ended).
This library also includes ice impact sounds. While some were recorded in Sweden, a session was made back in Denmark too. A great lake, which was completely frozen earlier, was beginning to break up into smaller pieces.
This was the perfect opportunity to wear some waders and get out in the water!
These impacts of ice on ice, and ice into ice water, were recorded with a Sennheiser Mkh 416 standing in land, capturing the splashes and more bright sounds, and more interestingly, an Aquarian Audio H2A XLR hydrophone, capturing the underwater sounds. The tracks are a mix of both.