Direct mp4 file download or play: Bicycle Horn Underwater 2016
Direct mp4 file download or play: Bicycle Horn Underwater 2016
Direct mp3 download or play: New Year’s 2016 – Seattle
New Year’s 2016 Seattle
This was recorded at my home in Seattle from about 11:55 PM, December 31st, 2015 to about 12:15 AM, January 1st, 2016. Sorry about the distortion. I guess I recorded a little hot or a VST plugin was set incorrectly. Some of the explosions seem to be quite clear, but others have a “crackle” sound. The square waveform is plainly visible and clip repair only lowers the amplitude of the clipped audio and it remains distorted.
Direct mp3 download or play: New Year’s 2016 – New York
New Year’s 2016 New York
This was captured from an online open microphone from approximately 11:58 PM, December 31st, 2015 to about 12:08 AM, Eastern Standard Time, January 1st, 2016.
Direct mp3 download or play: New Year’s 2016 – Chicago
New Year’s 2016 Chicago
This was captured from an online open microphone from approximately 11:58 PM, December 31st, 2015 to about 12:08 AM, Central Standard Time, January 1st, 2016.
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2015
Here is my recording from approximately 10:30 PM to 11:30PM. It was recorded on my Sony PCM-D50 digital recorder and edited in Adobe Audition. There is no bass attenuation for a more full sound of the exploding fireworks. Also, there is the sound of a nut case (me) frantically using a vacuum cleaner among other things at times. 7-4-2015 Adobe Audition Waveform
Direct mp3 download or play: Rain and Thunder – July 23rd, 2014
Here is a recording of rain, distant thunder, birds, and cars on the street sometime between 5:30 AM and 7 AM on this day. I used my Sony PCM-D50 digital recorder set at 44.1 kHz and 24 bit .wav file. The recorder was set up at the doorway to the deck behind my house in Seattle. Then An mp3 was made at 44.1 kHz and 320 kilobits per second, using the LAME MP3 encoder.
I figured I was pretty lucky to get this, because generally in my opinion the weather in Seattle is similar to California with respect to the the fact that most precipitation happens in the late fall and winter. Seattle simply receives much more rain than California. This doesn’t account for the extreme drought conditions, but for a normal season for California.
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2014
Here is my recording of the 4th of July, 2014. I used the same setup as last year, beginning at about 9:58 PM, and ending around 11 PM. I recall a comment about the lack of bass response from last year. The peak level for last year was -.33db and this time it’s a little louder at -.29 db. I wonder if this recording sounds better, worse, or different? 7-4-2014 Adobe Audition Waveform 7-4-2014 Adobe Audition Statistics
Direct mp3 download or play: New Year’s 2014
This is my recording from 11:55 PM, December 31st, 2013 to about 12:25 AM, January 1st, 2014. I used my computer and VSTHost to record with my Audio Technica AT825 Stereo Microphone and Mackie 1402-VLZ mixer. Listen closely from about -25:48 to -25:35 on the counter, you’ll hear people shouting in the distance “9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1.”
Direct mp3 download or play: Rain and Thunder – September 15th, 2013
Finally, here in Seattle, there was a decent thunderstorm worthy of recording! I used my Sony PCM D50 digital recorder with a towel over the built-in microphones to reduce wind noise. This recording was a 24 bit wav file at 48 kilohertz. Then I transferred the file to my computer and used Adobe Audition for some clipping restoration (on the loudest peaks), boosted the high frequencies about 3.5db, and added fades at the beginning and ending. In addition, I tried to keep the dynamics as wide as possible for a more lifelike sound. Someday I may have this file available for downloading. For now it is an mp3 at 320 kilobits, 48 kiloherts, 16 bit. I used RazorLame with the LAME encoder for the highest possible quality mp3.
BE CAREFUL, THE LOUDEST SOUNDS ARE MUCH LOUDER!
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2013
Here is my fireworks noise recording from my backyard in Seattle, between 10:15 PM and 11:00 PM on the 4th of July, 2013. I think this one is closer to reality than any of the others. For starters, my Mackie 1402-VLZ mixer has up to 28 db of headroom above 0 db. With that in mind, I decided there was no need to insert a compressor into the mic channels. I listened and watched the levels for awhile before recording (between 9:30PM and 10:00PM) and set the mic gain and faders low enough so the loudest explosions registered between plus 4 db and plus 7 db on the mixer, well below the maximum before clipping of plus 28 db. The microphone was my Audio Technica AT825 Stereo Microphone, same as last year. The computer was running VSTHost with the engine input set to plus 3.8 db, to match the levels from the mixer. I used one VST plug in, LoudMax, a good simple compressor/limiter. LoudMax threshhold was set to minus 1 db and the output was set to minus .4db. During the recording, only the loudest noises caused any gain reduction to happen. After recording, I put the file (16 bit at 48 kilohertz) into Adobe Audition (version3), and in “amplify/fade(process)” I chose “Center Wave,” unchecked “Lock Left/Right,” and set “Calculate Normalization Values” peak level to minus .33 db. This balanced the sound with peaks up to minus .33 db, and no compression was added. Lastly, fades of five seconds were added to the beginning and ending. I made an MP3 (320KBPS at 48 kilohertz) using RazorLame.
Be careful, because of the wide dynamic range of this recording, the loudest sounds will be very loud! The first loud bang is at minus 44 on the the counter. Enjoy.
Direct mp3 download or play: New Year’s 2013
I made this recording using the same setup as in “4th of July Ambience 2012,” but used Audacity (free sound recording software) instead of VSTHost. The recording starts at around 11:55 PM, December 31st, 2012 and ends at about 12:15 AM, January 1st, 2013. I think the sound is louder and has more bass compared to last year. There is more “hiss” or white noise this time, probably due to microphone gain being somewhat too high. Then I put the recorded file into Adobe Audition, slightly amplified the audio, and put five second fades at the beginning and end. The mp3 here is 320 kilobits per second and 48 kilohertz, the highest possible quality. This is the first audio file I’ve done this way. Let me know if you have trouble playing this one.
It does seem that New Year’s is a lot like the 4th of July as far as the kind of sounds I hear. I didn’t notice any yelling of “Happy New Year” or banging pots and pans (well, maybe very faintly in the distance) as I have in the past. This post likely has typos, but I wanted to get this up and running right away. In the coming days, I’ll be attempting to correct mistakes. I know that sounds dumb, but that’s what I’m all about. Happy Fiscal Cliff… I mean New Year.
Direct mp3 download or play: 4th of July Ambience 2012
This is similar to “4th of July Ambience 2011,” but it is probably the longest of any of my 4th of July recordings. I know it may be boring, and I won’t be upset if you don’t listen to all of it. Below are pictures of how I made this recording.
Recording Setup in VST Host