11/03/2013 Leave a comment
I recently made the hard decision to finally get rid of my trusty old M-Audio MicroTrack. I bought it yonks ago at the end of my first year of uni to replace my then aging mini-disk player/recorder (remember those?! No? Me neither…). I’ve got a lot of good memories of this little device – I always took it everywhere with me, recording as much of anything any everything that I could. Fortunately it was small enough to fit snuggly in a little pocket in my rucksack so it was always at hand when I heard a sound worth grabbing.
Like all techno-geeks I eventually started to feel the longing for a newer, better, more shiny toy. Fortunately this seemed to roughly coincide with the opportunity to flog my MicroTrack to a friend who needs something to record audio onto whilst on an Australian adventure. Unfortunately this also coincided with me starting work on a short film (called ‘In t’Vic’ – more on this later) that I would definitely need to record some sounds for. Conundrum. In the end I bit the bullet and passed the MicroTrack onto my Australian-bound buddy and started searching for the next thing. I know quite a few sound chaps who swear by the Zoom H4n handy recorder, so this seemed like a good place to start. It turns out that my fellow audio runner at Molinare also has a H4n that he’s very happy to lend me whilst I make my purchasing decision. It’s good to have friends!
The first audio element I turned my attention to for In t’Vic on were the atmospheres (ambient sounds that detail the location of each scene – these really ‘set’ the scene from an audio perspective) so from the first day I borrowed the Zoom I’ve mostly been capturing different atmospheres and ambient spaces. There are quite a few scenes that are set outside in a roughly suburban residential area at night, so I spent a portion of an evening with the Zoom sat outside my flat capturing various night ambiences. Listening back to one of those recordings afterwards I realised that the short wall that seperates my flat’s boundary from the road actually blocked out a lot of the tyre noise from passing cars. But when the cars pass a gap in the wall where the paths lead onto the road (shown in the photo above) you get a sudden burst of extra sound, which makes the recording sound like the cars are going super fast for a brief second. Have a listen below: