Sounddogs.com, one of the biggest SFX companies of the whole world, has launched his own blog, where they feature lots of interesting stuff from its president Rob Nokes, a very talented sound recordist and designer.
In the blog you can find everything related to Sounddogs, and also recording stories, tips for recording specific kind of sounds, interviews and special features of Rob, behind the scenes of a field recording session, microphone and equipment recommendations. Here are some of those posts:
Six Recording Problems (And how to avoid them)
- Too Many People
- Mic Handling Noise
- Good Sound – Bad Sound
- No Variations
- Not Recording the Whole Sound
How to Record a Crowd
Several tips and advices on recording crowds. From how to direct the crow to specific types of recording, perspectives and more.
Tips and Tricks for Dogs Recordings
- Be calm, relax. Animals can sense your mood.
- Ask the owner for tips on handling the animals, what makes them do things, the owner knows the animal, take their advice.
- Use body language, dogs respond to your body language as well as vocal commands. If you stand up the dog will perceive you as an authority and may not perform the desired way. Try lowering your body at the dog’s level – for a different approach.
- Don’t follow the dog’s head with your microphone, it will only cause the dog to move more and your recording to have more noise.
- Leaving a dog alone in a room would cause it to bark or cry.
- If you have more than one dog, try separating one from the pack for it to react.
How to Record Helicopter Sounds
Today we bring you a fully detailed guide on how to record a helicopter. When watching a movie with a helicopter, the sounds should match the images: a helicopter slowly flying away watched from the ground, the interior cabin or maybe an action take of an actor dangling from the helicopter’s stands.
Rob Nokes’ Picks for Microphones and Recorders
This post was inspired by a friend asking Rob Nokes advice on microphones. We would like to share this incredibly valuable information with everybody! What follows is a detailed description of the microphones and their uses.
You can find the full versiones of those posts, and also news from Sounddogs, such as his last sound effects collection of Vietnam sounds, recorded from a trip of the Sounddogs.com crew in 2008.