Sennheiser MKH 60
Boom pole array
I finally had enough time to get down to the gym at the apartment and record some of the equipment down there. I had already done a proper workout and run today so I didn’t feel like pushing it too much; however I did get running on the treadmill at various different speeds up to 15KPH. I then did a short stint on the cross trainer, the rowing machine and the exercise bike, although I do have say the exercise bike made almost no sound. I did a few reps on some of the weights machines but I may need to go back and record some more. I didn’t feel like I got good enough material out of them.
Apartment building gym
The advantage of having a sound source location right next door means I can be really picky with the material I record and go back and do it again if I don’t like it. It also means I can experiment a little and see what I can learn about recording particular groups of machinery. Hopefully I can learn what there is to be learned in an environment I can make use of again and again. I wish I had such access to firearms and fighter plane sound sources. Typically it’s the sounds you have infrequent and limited access to that prove to be the hardest to sample cleanly.
Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences