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What you see is what you actually hear!

The sound design sample I chose was “Behind the sound Transformers”. Often times we watch movies inquiring great quality sound. The significants of watching this video helped me to identify the process Sound Designers go through, to give visual that is displayed an authentic sound. This video was uploaded on Youtube ( it does not specify wither or not the guy that post the video was apart of the team, however he made a reel). Kristopher Tapley he put together a reel of how this sound team put together the production. My favorite part is 0:18- 0:48 seconds into the reel.  For the movie Transformer there was a scene with a car. The Sound team captures sound from a CAMARO. In this particular scene they recorded a ’76 Camaro, to get this effect they used two microphones on the muffler and two on the engine. All of that to give that authentic sound quality (that of cause will later be mixed). For another scene within thoughs 0:18- 0:48 seconds. This was so cool, there was a very nice looking car the updated CAMARO as the visual. What they actually recorded was sounds from another vehicle a Pontiac GT, which was opposite from the display. It is just like visual effects giving the illusion of something that is not really there.

In comparison to the class discussion one thing that stands out  ”Tweeking of sounds, re-arranging them to fit your needs. That is exactly what this design team did. The sound effects recorded tells a story, even to the point that if there was no display you would know what a car was in the scene. Our ears are train to hearing natural sounds and being able to identify it.

My next sample I chose is LOTR2 TT Sound Design part 1 from YouTube by fartex3. I was truly blown away! This was a sound project recorded for the movie Lord of the Rings. Director Peter Jackson (Director/Writer/Producer). He had a challenge to get the sound of a multitude chanting. He thought perhaps we could record a few people and duplicate them. He was tenacious enough to try something out of the norm. He went to a field a famous field along with his sound team to record. The name of the stadium he recorded the multitude is at the Cricket stadium in New Zealand. Jackson came to inform the individuals about the project and given them the words to chant. The clip I used in my sample choose, I gain insight about sound recording between 2:03 to 3:47. This was very good I truly enjoyed viewing that.

In comparison to the class discussion and the other things, we listen to and watched. The high sound quality told a story. Sound designers go beyond to have an authentic sound. Visuals and sounds in movies give an illusion of things that is not there. I love movies It truly excites me to see how things are made a behind the scenes.Taking time to absorb the different techniques that these sound designers used.


Sharing time!

I thought to myself I got tired of not knowing what is Bitrate and sample rate and the significance of it. So I did some research so that i have a better understanding. Im a visual person or someone have to explain it to me in the terms I can understand. When he compared it to frames per sec right there it clicked..  I wanted to share this video with you all

Take 3!!

This is the third take of recording audio. I recorded with my partner Julius below is our recording.


My overall plan did not work out. From the knowledge i learn in the class and the verbal knowledge and hands on training in the class, really showed me how to record. Due to the fact i was sick  i observed my audio sound muffle when i begin to speak.Me and Julius Used a Sony Condenser Lapel microphone and a two channel recorder, which is one of the proper microphones to use doing an interview. I realized that i was suppose to adjust the levels to accommodate my voice as I recorded. Understanding the dynamics of the voice and setting the proper gain structure caused my audio to sound muffled. To confirm this issue I watched a Video on youtube by Khaliq Glover who is an Sound engineer, experience: Grammy engineer award

What I believed happen within our recording the levels were high, because Julius has a low voice the audio kind of sound good. (wrong) if you listen carefully you can hear atmospheric sounds in the background. When i talk it sounds muffled because my voice was louder and i should have turn the gain and the levels down before talking because the audio had reached a peak.


  1. Actual words (content from an interview), or sounds (from an atmospheric recording) you hoped to get on tape, but did not. ( I would have wish get more quality)
  2. Do you have access to create the recording you desired. You cannot be both the recording engineer and the subject of a recording easily. Develop opportunities for yourself in which you stand the chance to learn the most.

Yes if i had a little more time to record i definitely  would probably record what i desired to and properly. I enjoyed this experience, each round goes higher and higher.. and learn more and more. next recording i believe i’m going to really take it to the next level of quality!


The Plan

I plan to record using the tascam recorder, which has two channels that i can use. I need two channels to differentiate the sound. Drums have two different sounds it’s producing High frequency and low. With recording with one channel it most likely will sound, Distorted. I pretty much know how i’m going to setup up the mics and the ones I plan to use. One will be directly over the kit, this will be for the high frequency range. Channel number two will be for the bass drum the low  frequency.

Below is a sample video of how my setup will look as well as how i got my understand and concept how to microphone a drumset.

I utlize this video to get and insight and a visual understanding of how to set up things for this recording. Alexis explains in the video and demonstrates that you can use two microphones to record a drum set. This is how I develop the concept and know what i’m going to need to pull this off.

The Plan

Use two microphones The sennheiser condenser mic which will capture the toms, cymbals and snare.  Why this microphone? So i check the  polar pattern for the Sennheiser Mhk416, which shows it’s a directional microphone. I want to isolate the sounds that i don’t want and capture the sounds I need. Drums are loud and it echos, so what I plan to do is, put the MHK416 directly over the set, Just as it was shown in the video. For the bass drum I have to use a different microphone a AKG D112 . This microphone is built with low frequency range. The frequency range for this microphone is 20 Hz to 17 kHz and the polar pattern is Cardioid. This microphone will capture the bass sounds.



There are so many options very hard to choose from. So I narrowed it down to two choices to record, I would like to record two things. One of the ideas I was pondering was to record the audio at my church service. Which can be kind of difficult, but as long as I pick out the proper microphone and now that I know the setting pretty well. Recording this should go pretty well.

This next Idea I  had and always dreamed to do a live musical, with me playing the drums! I will research how to properly record the acoustic drums. I never done that before the best thing to do is to get understanding of how and what should I use to develop quality sound for my listeners.

Teach Me!! (My tutorial on the Marantz PD670)

I took the time to explain and learn at the same time about this recorder Marantz PD670. Learning the different functionalites of this recorder, allowed me to gain a greater understand how to properly recorder and know how to set up things for a recording. Using the marantz PD670  and i gave a quick start review the basics and respond to all the questions.

My tutorial IMG_2421 (2) IMG_2421 (3) IMG_2421 (4

My tutorial is broken up because i did not have accessibility to a DSLR. However, being tanacious is the key in this world, you have to think like this there is absolutely not excuse! The job must get done!

The Environment

I had the option to use an Sony Electret Condenser mic Ecm 77-B and a Sennheiser MHK – 416. Amazing sound quality. I worked with Julius Clarke on this project. We worked in the lab utilizing all the space, the quiet and the loud. We actually capture various conversations of students about  15 -20ft away! As we walked further away from our subject, the sound begin to drop very low. With observation we then had to point the mic in the direction of the subject in order to hear the sound again. The microphone we used was very sensitive and the sounds begin to fade the further we went from our subject.

This particular microphone polar pattern was design to capture sound from a specific direction.  The microphone blocks the sound which is around it. You must point this mic towards your subject.

Below are sample sound of the environment we was in.

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Trail and Error

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Today was my first time using the recorder and microphone equipment. My knowledge about these particular item are very vague. I was set ready to go and notice that I had the headphones plugged into the wrong line input. However, I learn how to take time out to understand the product that i’m using, and the functionalities. The purpose of knowing is to be able to develop better compositions in the long run.

Now this was my first trail, however i’m aiming to learn how to advance, by studying techniques of sound and recordings. One thing I learned was the difference between MONO and Stereo it actually helped me to decide which input to plug the XLR cable into to get correct sound,

I used a Sony Electret ( which i believe i pronounced wrong my apologies) Condenser Microphone ECM- 55B. 

Recorder Marantz PMD660 – 2 Channel  (L,R) – Shure Microphone Sm58

Learning techniques about sound