Getting Fit and Making Noise
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.
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Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences