First the great news – THE DOORS library is finished!!! I’ve been saying this for the last week or more but I have now literally finished packing up the drives for the contributors and am dropping them off on Monday at the post office! Look! Here’s the evidence:
Its an awesome collection of 121GB and 5,241 files!! And as per my original brief, there are a huge variety of great ‘normal’ doors, perfect for any dialogue driven film or TV, but there are also some great strange doors – very useful for manipulation and as components for totally unrelated sound design.
I’ll email all the contributors later today, so each person knows when to expect a package to arrive…. The library will go on sale in January, available as an 18DVD set!
The main tools I used to wrangle the 121GB of audio into shape first involved SoundMiner (especially the Dump Query to Text File command) closely followed by BB Edit, Excel, A Better Finder Rename (esp droplet apps), Snapper, Spellcheck and then SoundMiner again to import the fixed text & embed it as new metadata. Of course there were also a few round trips to ProTools, which also then required the tedious task of transferring the metadata from the v1 file to the new v2 fixed file – now THAT is a droplet app I need ie transfer all/selected metadata from file 1 to file 2(n))
Ah the stories I could tell, they would bore you to tears! But here’s one photo from the collection that makes me smile – its my parents house, and I recorded the garage door (from four perspectives – EXT, INT, INT by motor, INT upstairs in attic) with my Dads car parked in it – check this youtube vid for a little backstory & onboard pov – its a 1906 Talbot!)
Lastly, I’d like to announce the start of Crowd Source Library #2: ROOM TONES – I’m thinking 2-4 months for each contributor to record a minimum of five 2-5 minute interior ambiences.. If you’re keen to take part, please go sign up here! I’ll also make a discussion post here early next week.
In the meantime please do me a favour and transfer half a dozen “good” useable interior ambiences from your library into ProTools and check what level they are, its an important aspect we need to discuss next week, and the best solution will be based on what feels right, when in use.