Convolution (go look it up)
my trusty laptop
Dell Inspiron 9400
With a lot of my time taken up lately I am not getting out into the field as often as I would like to record fresh material. Also a lot of the new material I am wanting to record currently requires more planning as I usually need to organise a special location or event and go through the process of planning and arranging with organisers to get access to events and locations.
To ensure that I am still generating new and interesting material for the library I am going to spend more time on creating new sound elements that everyone can use t create their own effects. There are various processes I can use to create sound effects and sound elements so I want to start to utilise more studio time to create mew sounds.
I am going to be using a process called convolution, which is essentially modifying one sound by the characteristics of another sound. So for instance if I take the base sound of a gun firing which contains a very loud and short impulse with a fade tail, when I use the convolution process it will apply these characteristics to the new sound. So a long looping sound with take on the characteristics of the short sharp loud attack but retain it’s actual sound ,material. This is an excellent way to create unusual sound effects.
As with many of the other sounds in the library these will be ideal building blocks for people to use to create new sounds. I will also use some of these to create some more complex sounds to add to the library at a later date.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences