Sennheiser MKH 60
Time for more crashes and bangs. This time for a project with car impact sounds in it. A few years ago I recorded a bunch of sounds of one of my work colleagues slamming a metal rubbish bin (trash can for you Americans :-) ) into a concrete wall. The sounds were pretty good, but I have not been able to find the raw material and so there is none of this material in my library. In this case I needed a larger range of different surfaces to impact upon so I wanted to do it all over again. Once I purchased a metal rubbish bin from a hardware store I went down to the Docklands area where there are large concrete barricades. These are great to use as they are practically indestructible. I spent a little while bashing and scraping the bin, but the bridge overhead was producing too much road noise so I moved down the road a little and worked on some wire fence impact sounds. I got some usable material today but I am going to need to do a second session on this material as there are still other surfaces I need to capture. I learnt the lesson of not going out without my gear bag today, as my batteries ran down and I wasn’t carrying any spares. Bad Stephan, no twinkie!
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences