Some of the most interesting sound design comes not from fiddling with synthesizers but from actually going out with mics and recording gear, and capturing real sounds from your environment. And when you live in a city this can give you some really unique results. In this short video from the course Sound Design 102: Capturing The Sound Of Berlin, Timo Preece explores locations around Berlin and shows how he captures sounds for his productions.
Timo shows how you can get the most out of your efforts by taking along props and sound exciters - things like drum sticks, violin bows and other items that can be used to strike or manipulate things you find to generate sounds. He also explains the best playing and recording techniques to help you translate these sounds into musical or atmospheric material back in the studio. Check out the rest of the videos in this course for much more on sound design using your environment!
Sound Design 102: Capturing The Sound Of Berlin
Timo Preece is a master sound designer. In this exclusive “docu-torial”, you join him on a audio journey recording objects found in a derelict Nazi ballroom and the abandoned, former Stasi counter-intelligence headquarters. With a camera crew and a cool collection of mics and field recorders, he records all kinds of strange and wonderful audio from old metal pipes, ghostly pianos to eerily reverberant former torture chambers.
Along the journey you learn all about field-recording with all of its technical challenges. Timo explains different kinds of microphone recording techniques using X/Y mic placement, ORTF, Spaced Pair and more. You also learn reamping and worldizing techniques that’ll turn any pre-recorded sound into a symphony of electro-acoustic goodness.
The final section of this course explains the science and art of creating your own impulse responses. Timo records the acoustic ambient fingerprints of these decrepit locations and then he shows you how to convolve them with any sound in your library. These convolutions, essentially, bring the essence of field-recording environments directly into your DAW enabling you to infuse any sound with the spaces that you’ve recorded.
This is more than a course. It’s an electro-acoustic adventure!