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Can You Hear Me Now? Sound Technology of the 19th Century

Scientific American has a super-cool article detailing audio technology from days long past.  Speaking tubes, phonographs and and even a more recent “tree turn-table” are discussed.  Incoming blurb:

In the early 18oos, Jean-Baptiste Bio had experimented with how sound travels through long tubes, using the water pipes of Paris, and found that the confines of the piping served to keep speech intelligible over a good 1040 yards, compared to how well sound carried in free space. Increase the diameter of those pipes, however, and there would be a corresponding decrease in intelligibility.

So Elliott had some solid science to draw upon when he conducted his own measurements of the speaking tube system in the Cambridge home, part of an electric system for giving household staff the heads-up. Read More




“Find Music In Everything” Sound Design Competition with iZotope’s Iris and Sonic TALK

The Challenge
Create an original, synth-ready sound from one or more audio sources using iZotope Iris. With Iris, the sonic possibilities are endless. Dig in and show us your most unconventional sample, your creepiest ambience, or your boldest lead. Better yet – surprise us! We want to see your creative side! Entries can be entered in any of the following categories to win iZotope software, a guest spot on a Sonic State TALK podcast and much more. (See the PRIZES tab for more details!)

Competition Categories
We’ll be listening for the best of 4 different types of sounds:

  • Ambient
  • Pad
  • Melodic
  • Most Popular
  • SonicTALK
Full rules and details HERE



Sonic Salute: Factory Machinery Ambiences

I had the recent pleasure to receive a copy of Factory Machinery Ambiences from Mikkel Nielsen over at Sonic Salute. It’s a pretty cool atmospheric selection of engines and motors and pounding metal.  Some blurbs from the library page:

Sounds range from plastic foundries, casting machines, and machinery alarms, to giant textile processing units, and medical equipment manufacturing, cleanrooms and robotics.
All very loud environments. All recordings are several minutes long.

Recorder: Sound Devices 702. Mics: Sennheiser Mkh416 and Ambient Emesser.

Factory Machinery Ambiences. 65 stereo tracks. 96Khz 24 bit. 4 GB, ZIP download. All tracks named and Metadata tagged.

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New Sound Lab – Hard Drives

Tor Johnson over at New Sound Lab has a fantastic new sound library out called NSL008 HARD DRIVES.  I have played around with the sounds and they are superb. This is certainly a must-have and most-certainly something I wish I had on a recent project! The facts ma’am:

This library features recordings of four hard disk drives (3.5 inch – 5400 & 7200 RPM). All essential hard drive sounds are included (boot up, read/write/copy/delete, power down) that will work great for general computer sounds and ambience. 

Additionally, each hard drive was opened up, manipulated, and ultimately destroyed to create a collection of raw, abstract and unique sounds. Found materials such as metal, cardboard, plastic, and tools were used to control the hard drive’s motor, platter, and head actuator. These sounds work especially well for creating the sounds of mechanical robot movements, electric motors, and futuristic machinery.

Sounds were captured with a Sanken CSS-5 Shotgun mic in mono mode, and an Aquarian H2A Hydrophone, using a contact mic adapter into a Sound Devices 702 recording at 24bit, 192khz..

All sounds in this release are offered in 24bit 192khz Broadcast Wave format. Files are in a zip file, which includes a PDF with metadata.

You can find the library here for quite the bargain of $30.


Cinesonika, The First International Film and Video Festival of Innovative Sound

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The first international festival dedicated to sound on film and video has arrived. It’s called Cinesonika. This first annual festival will showcase international works of film and video…

"The Dogs", Second CrowdSourced SFX Library on HISS and a ROAR

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Some time ago, we talked about the Tim Prebble’s idea of make a sound design library with 100 different recordists around the world. That initial project was called…

"Fireworks" and "Skateboard", Two New SFX Libraries of Chuck Russom FX (With Exclusive Q&A)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Chuck Russom has released two new libraries on his collection. The first one is a limited library (Available only through July 31, 2010) called Fireworks: Fireworks is a…

Boom Library, a New SFX Company from Dynamedion Sound Team

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sound Designer Axel Rohrbach sent to me some information about his new SFX Label called BOOM Library and created with his partners at Dynamedion Sound Design & Music…