Soundscapes Hamilton – Crows of St. Andrew’s Church Ancaster Ontario

St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church – recorded Oct 10th, 2014.

The congregation was founded in 1826 by Rev. George Sheed who came from Scotland. In 1830, Rev. Sheed built a home on the Hermitage property, just a short distance down a country lane from the future church.

The original St. Andrew’s church was a framed building on a stone foundation. Construction started in 1832, but Sheed died before work could be completed. As a result, Rev. Sheed became the first person to be buried in the Church’s cemetery.

The wooden church was replaced by the current stone structure in 1874.

Sight & Sounds – Reeds blowing in the wind at Cootes Paradise, Hamilton (Ont).

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.

Odds and Ends – Soundscape Hamilton Update

Odds and Ends – An Artist Notebook

Sept 21, 2015 – Scouted new campus locations for sound profiles. This time, I am looking at the service entrance of different buildings. These locations tend to be more isolated from campus activities. This allow me more freedom to work.

I continue to research field recordings and the kind of equipment required. Essentially, what does a beginner level kit look like and what can one reasonable expect in terms of cost and sound quality. This research is also revealing more information about field recordings for movie work.

With some narration work on the horizon, I have purchased several Shure 440 closed headphones and a pre-amp with four jacks. This will allow up to three narrators to hear their voices and also control their individual volume levels. At the same time, I will be able to monitor the sound as it is recorded.

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.