Soundscape Hamilton – Hamilton Hall

Soundscape Hamilton Art Project – recorded 28 Aug 2015. What does a building sound like? Soundscape Hamilton is an art project that explores the sound profile of each building.

Soundscape Hamilton Project – Burke Sciences Building

Soundscape Hamilton Project – recording the sound profile of campus buildings. The sound profile of the Burke Sciences Building was recorded on August 28, 2015.

Art Post 39 – Soundscape Hamilton Update

Art Post is a weekly video blog of my art related activities. This week, my continuing struggles to get good audio sound for blog postings. Exploring rear of buildings for future soundscape recordings.

Soundscape Hamilton Project – Bowman Street

Recorded on Aug 28th, 2015 at 5:39 pm in Hamilton, Ontario – Bowman Street. One of the most peaceful locations in the west end of Hamilton.

Odds and Ends – Soundscape Hamilton

Soundscape Hamilton Project @erskinec
Soundscape Hamilton Project @erskinec

What can I expect from my equipment? What can be achieved in post-production? These are the two questions that I have been struggling with over the past week.

The Soundscape Hamilton Project grew out of my need to address the audio aspect of film-making. The equipment purchased was designed give me better sound quality in films.

So, I use a Rode Videomic Shotgun Microphone with Rycote Lyre Mount for scratch recordings (cost $200).

For voice-overs narrations, I use an Audio-Technica AT 2050 multi-pattern condenser Microphone (cost $300).

For other kind of performances, I purchase a Rode M5 matched pair of compact ½ inch condensers ($300).

Everything is recorded to the Zoom H4n field recording that allows the use of XLR inputs and phantom power.

However, will these kind of microphones cut it when trying to do field recordings? I emailed Rick Blything, who has done some really great field recordings at Wimbledon.

 

 

 

 

He kindly told me the equipment he uses that includes the following:

2 Sennhieser 8040s which are shotgun microphones

Shield from wind using a Rycote

Recorded to a Sound Device 703 field recorder

This is really great but expensive equipment. So, what can I reasonably expect from my equipment and will that get the job done?

The second challenge is post production. Not being a musician, I am completely new to audio post production. My goal is to address on location rather than in the studio.

That being said, maybe I can increase the quality by processing the sound tracks and bring out the desired characteristics.

So, these are the questions that I have been struggling with over the past week.