I have decided, after some considering the issue, that I am going to change one of the core aspects of the library content. I had initially planned on only including mono sounds in the library, as from a sound designer point of view I would most often use mono sounds and create a stereo or surround environment when I created the final project. This is also fairly common in a lot of industries that deal with sound. I recently finished a tutorial on how to create basic and complex stereo environments out of mono sounds, and I realised that often the basic stereo effect was just not as good as a true stereo recording and that creating a complex stereo effect could be very time consuming. This was further highlighted when I stumbled across an old recording I made in Japan when I first got the R09.
I was in the forest in summer recording insects on the R09 when it started to rain. I continued to record for sometime and got quite a good sample of a summer rain shower. Listening back to the recording I realised that true stereo has such a complex mix of panning depths that it is far more satisfying to listen to than basic stereo mixes created artificially. After thinking about this for some time I have decided to go through all my source material and pull out the best examples of stereo mixes and add them to the library. This should add another dimension to the environments category as well as adding more useful material for people to use. I will keep the mono versions of the relevant sounds in the library as well as they may also be useful (although most people could just convert from stereo to mono I guess) The stereo files will of course be larger in size and as such be a bigger hit on downloading, but I do think in most cases they will be well worth the time spent. I am trying to implement a process of recording both mono and stereo samples whenever I am out recording but this is not always possible.
Stephan Schütze has been recording sounds for over twenty years. This journal logs his thoughts and experiences