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Sport Mode

Yesterday I drove 2 hours over to my favourite exterior recording location - low tide & no wind meant the conditions were perfect for recording my DJI Mavic Pro. The Mavic is a drone physically much smaller than my DJI Phantom 3 Pro, but being a newer generation has longer battery life (27min), better range (7km) and... sport mode! In normal use the Mavic feels a little bit sluggish, but I recorded 3 batteries worth of moves, passbys, hover etc in normal mode... And then for the first time I switched to sport mode and holy sh+t! The Mavic suddenly became a LOT more animated. Sport Mode allows the Mavic to fly a lot faster and also makes the controls far more responsive... While it...

SD Challenge 01 – My Approach

For anyone late to the party, the first HISSandaROAR SD Challenge required creating sound for a short video - two shots of waves - with the restriction that the only source material allowed was a small selection of provided noise samples. Here is a short burst from each of the provided sound files: This is my approach to it... FWIW Many years ago I worked with an older re-recording mixer who during an ambience predub one day sardonically commented "ambiences are basically just filtered white noise..." We were joking around, but ever since I have wondered about that comment. On one hand it feels a bit like those people who see a photo shot on film and comment 'Why bother with film - I could...

SD Challenge 01 Winners

For anyone late to the party, the first HISSandaROAR SD Challenge required creating sound for a short video - two shots of waves - with the restriction that the only source material allowed was a small selection of provided noise samples. Here is a short burst from each of the provided sound files: I will be the first to admit that this HISSandaROAR SD Challenge was difficult. Even for a seasoned sound effects editor or sound designer this challenge would have required some clever work to achieve a great result. To appreciate what was involved, I also thought it only fair if I did my own challenge - you can read about it & hear it here After listening to all 76 entries, I narrowed...

WIN A FREE LIBRARY

We are excited to launch a new HISSandaROAR Sound Design Challenge! So what do you have to do? Design and mix the sound for the mute video below Rules: 1. The only source material allowed is the SD030 NOISE SOURCE TestPot (file list below) 2. Design, edit, manipulate, process & mix the sound to picture, and output a new video with your new sound mix 3. Upload your video to YouTube or Vimeo 4. Take a screenshot or photo of your edit session, and save it as a JPG, max width = 1024px 5. Send an email to win@hissandaroar.com containing your name, a link to your video and attach the JPG screenshot 6. The deadline is 9am June 1st – NZ time, no entries will…

Field recording Okarito kiwi

If you know anyone from New Zealand you will have likely heard the colloquial use of the word 'kiwi' - the kiwi is our national bird, and what a bird it is: sleeps all day, wakes about half an hour after sunset, and is rarely seen or heard.... I've spent almost my entire life obsessing about sound & yet I had never heard a kiwi vocalise with my own ears.... So when a friend visiting from Japan said he would like to 'see' a kiwi, I gently explained that unless you can see in the dark you do not usually see a kiwi & that most people who live in New Zealand have never actually seen a kiwi. He checked on TripAdvisor and discovered even...