Its a car door, how many fckng microphones do you really need FFS?

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I don’t know (or particularly care) what the answer is to that question, I was just trying to make the longest URL ever… but in this case the answer is ten.

I’ve just spent two days attempting to capture full coverage of a vehicle, for the first HISSandaROAR Vehicle library. And now I know we need another two days, and maybe some more microphones & recorder channels 🙂

The setup we were using was:

ONBOARD:
engine bay = MKH8020
interior = MKH8040 between the two front seats, MKH8020x2 by rear seat headrests
exhaust = MKH8050 + MD421

EXTERIOR:
fixed stereo = MKH8040 ORTF
follow action mono = MKH8070
follow action mono = MKH8060

Thats what we used for recording passbys, up & stops, start/aways & enough other actions to fill two A4 pages with cues…. Its quite odd, having sync’d all the tracks up in ProTools & being able to jump perspectives around inside the car and then to the roadside perspectives…. as they were discussing on QI just before, the centre of the observable universe = wherever the observer/listener is!
So when it came time to capture doors, boot, bonnet etc I thought why not? But it was also motivated by hearing Emile (who was driving) get into the car from 50m away – we were in a fairly quiet location & I momentarily noticed how thin the door slam sounded from that distance. We are all used to the idea of high frequency roll off with distance, but low frequency roll off with distance? Of course it occurs, but predicting it is a different story. So when it came time to record the doors I was interested to hear it, close in stereo, medium wide and really wide… We left the onboard mics rolling too so should I ever need it I can play a door close from INT engine bay… I just bet my favourite re-recording mixers can’t wait for me to front up to a predub with a car door close spread across ten tracks – NOT! 😉

Before recording horn dopplers we captured some static horn toots…
& after doing three or four suddenly noticed a crowd of observers had appeared…

Cows1

Pavlovs cows?

Cows2

‘you feeling licky, punk!?’

 

 

Day 1 = 27GB of audio captured
Day 2 = 32Gb of audio captured

Now to schedule Day 3 and Day 4, before our cicada overlords start to wake…

 

ps I didn’t realise at the time but that model of Toyota car came with its own built in drop shadow!

 

One Response to Its a car door, how many fckng microphones do you really need FFS?

  1. Jon Clark says:

    “…being able to jump perspectives around inside the car and then to the roadside perspectives…”
    Welcome to video game audio. This is just the kind of stuff I did for many years. Great fun.

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