Location sound can present a variety of challenging obstacles to capturing hi-fidelity sound. The infrasound that a fast moving train creates can become a problem for directional mics positioned nearby. Using the techniques described in my previous microphone isolation post allowed me to maximize the available headroom in my recording. Below, listen to a stereo recording I made of the Washington D.C. Metro train. You will hear the subway train arriving from a far left tunnel, after it stops the doors open in the center, then the train rumbles as it fades away into the far right tunnel. The distinct panning or movement of sound in this stereo recording was captured using the ORTF stereo mic technique. Try a pair of headphones or stereo speakers for a fully immersed experience.
Higher quality versions of this recording are available, as well as custom sound designs/effects.
Here is one method that I can use to evoke the sound of wind, or fine grains of sand being swept around in a storm. By pouring a large jar of sesame seeds into another glass jar, I can create a “desert wind storm” sound effect. This is just a taste of what can be done:
Inspiration for Sound Design: Guadalupe Sand Dunes
As always, I can provide higher quality versions, or work with you to customize specific sound effects.
The chime lever of a 1936 Seth Thomas mantel clock
This is a close-up stereo recording of the chime inside a 1936 Seth Thomas mantel clock. First, notice the distinct mechanical resonance of the initial (peak) chime, then listen as it slowly decreases in volume and fades away.
A high quality version of this recording can be made available. Or, custom sound recordings can be made to fit your specific needs.