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Very pleased to have FX012 PLATE SMASH finished & released! The library was a request from a game sound designer, for a new project (so they received a free copy of the finished library!) Having spent so much time earlier this year smashing glass I instantly liked the idea and headed to my favourite local recyclers TRASH PALACE to see if they would let me buy a stack of plates… I filled two record crates with plates (as per the two you see at the start of the video) and rigged my studio for recording, gain staged my microphones, and began experimenting with methods of smashing the plates.

Wind recording

My house has been shaking for the last day or two, with gale force Northerly winds… So today I decided to lug my mics up Hawkins Hill, to record the wind in an extreme location….

It’s about a 3km walk up to the radar station, so I loaded up my trolley to save my back…

At each location it was mainly a matter of finding a place to shelter the microphones.. Sometimes I could take a step and be in full wind, blasting up a valley! But step back and be completely sheltered from it!

Free Sounds

1. The best place for free sounds is…
right in front of your microphone!

I believe every sound editor, sound designer and musician should own a field recording setup…
When I was a kid, the only way to access a field recorder was to borrow a Nagra and microphone.
I have recordings I captured on a borrowed Nagra 4.2 that are still useful to me now, 30 years later!
I have recordings I captured on my first portable DAT machine that are still useful to me now, 25 years later!
I have recordings I captured on my first HD recorder that are still useful to me now, 20 years later!
The sooner you start recording your own sounds, the better!

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