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I have been messing around with Virtual ANS (incredible spectral editor by the more incredible Alexander Zolotov) a bit this week thanks to a good mate of mine pointing me in the right direction… how did I not know about it until now??!!

Anyway that led me to some Spectral plugins I haven’t used before that are pretty tasty – developed by Michael Norris. Check out his site – he’s written some beautiful music, and given us easy access to spectral goodness – nice!

http://www.michaelnorris.info/about

Ok it’s been over a year since I last posted… I got married, started a company with two of my favourite sound boys – String and Tins, and then had a baby… he’s seven weeks old.  I will try harder I promise!

I have been exploring different mic techniques a bit lately… so while on paternity leave I made a double induction coil microphone – it was easy to make, two coils out of two relays, a bit of stereo cable, bam!!!  Oh and the heat shrink etc…

stereo induction coil microphoneJez Riley French sells good ones to get you going… amongst other joyful things.

Here are some initial rough recordings – no editing as such, no processing, so be warned this is for soundies not consumers:

 

Just a quick one – I have had the fortune to spend the last couple of days doing sound effects at Goldcrest’s foley room a for a cool project I am working on – recording various things we could get our hands on: guns, broken glass, metal cogs and wheelbarrows to old indescribable mechanical objects… basically a sound designer’s dream!  I just thought I should give Julien the foley engineer there a shout out because him and Mattias were great to work with.

So, if you are in need of anything from an Uzi 9mm to a lovely pair a coconuts, I can tell you Julien is the man… here’s a link to his blog:

http://www.picklefoley.com/?page_id=938

My talented friend Adam Jeffcoat (of Studio NX) is involved in an exciting project, a fully animated comic book for ios and android tablets.  It’s a smart idea, and what they have created already is pretty awesome.

I did some sound design for the trailer, creating some demon wind, beast noises, power sword blasts, etc etc, and it’s got the booming tones of Lewis McLeod on it to boot, recorded in the boiling heat of my old studio in Marylebone last summer.

Check it out and see if you can pledge any hard cash to help them finish the project, I reckon they are going to make something pretty special:

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My scientifically orientated friend Jason Palmer has brought this to my attention… amazing recordings here… turned into dub step, nice!  The barking dog experiment is the bit that gets me (the massive tube whoomp):