error zen



thanks quicktime


BTW that error occurs whenever I shoot video with my little Canon s100 point & shoot camera, and leave it running too long. It seems as soon as the file size gets past 2GB the file becomes unreadable when the CF card is taken out of the camera & put into any USB card reader attached to computer. The only work around I have found is to put the card in my old Zoom H2 and do a USB transfer direct from it = slow as a wet week but it works! Talk about jumping through hoops!?!

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


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:

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

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…


Pavlovs cows?


‘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!


MKH70 vs MKH8070


I’m testing out a Sennhesier MKH8070 long shotgun mic this week – above is my MKH70 top, with the 8070 below… The 8070 is actually longer by about 6cm – 8070 = 46cm vs MKH70 = 41cm, although the 8070 is slightly smaller in diameter and is noticeably heavier than the MKH70… I’ll try & do a side by side comparison recording using my other MKH70, just need to work out how to fit the 8070 into my MKH70s Rycote suspension first!

Why such a long shotgun microphone? It seems it is the only way to achieve enhanced isolation and acoustic ‘reach’ – presumably by using some kind of voodoo science… While a Telinga dish provides directional gain, it doesn’t offer much side rejection and if you want to isolate a sound from its environment, side rejection is vitally important…

From the spec PDF:

The microphone operates on the RF principle that has been used by Sennheiser for more than 50 years, now brought to highest level of perfection. Among the many advantages of this principle are an extremely low inherent self-noise, the capa- bility to handle high sound pressure levels without distortion and a high resistance to adverse climatic conditions.

• Lobar pick-up pattern
• Very natural sound
• Off-axis sound is attenuated without colorations while a uniform sound structure is maintained
• Exceptionally low inherent self-noise prevents masking of delicate sound structures
• Symmetrical transducer technology ensures extremely low distortion
• Transformerless and fully floating balanced output: no coupling of spurious sig- nals, minimal distortion
• High output signal voltage ensures interference-free signal paths
• Rugged metal housing with non-reflective Nextel coating
• Extremely weather-proof due to high-frequency circuit

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