Sep 26, 2019
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Finding Inspiration

Field recording of objects and environments is one of the most creative ways to design unique sounds and textures for your projects. Once you realize that all music is essentially just organized audio, you become open to the possibility that the entire universe of sound is potentially your playground – freely available for you to capture, process, and re-contextualize in to any imaginable configuration. Here we’ll provide some tips for getting started with field recording – Sign up for Splice and download the example project below to gain some insight in to our sound design processes, get a free Ableton Live drum rack full of custom sounds, and learn how to find fresh inspiration in everyday objects!

To get started with creating your own field recordings, you’ll need some basic recording equipment. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to purchase a dedicated field recorder right away, as you can expiriment initially by using the built-in microphone on your laptop or smartphone to get a feel for how the process works. There are many cost effective recording solutions currently available such as the Zoom H1 or the Tascam DR-05 which offer excellent sound quality at relatively reasonable price points. If you plan to do a lot of recording outdoors, you’ll probably want to acquire a windscreen right away to reduce the likelihood that unwanted wind noise will corrupt your recordings.

Deep Collection

It’s important to calibrate your recording equipment so that you maximize the quality of your recordings while also realistically managing your device’s storage capacity – most devices will offer you a variable recording input level as well as a range of file formatting options to choose from. 44.1khz/16 bit is one standard for quality that is usually a good baseline to start with.

It’s good practice to set the device’s recording level as high as possible without allowing source levels to exceed the maximum volume threshold, which would cause digital clipping and distortion.

It’s important to calibrate your recording equipment so that you maximize the quality of your recordings while also realistically managing your device’s storage capacity – most devices will offer you a variable recording input level as well as a range of file formatting options to choose from. 44.1khz/16 bit is one standard for quality that is usually a good baseline to start with. It’s good practice to set the device’s recording level as high as possible without allowing source levels to exceed the maximum volume threshold, which would cause digital clipping and distortion.

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Conclusion

Your next task is to find interesting source materials to record. This can often be the most fun part of the process, since you’re exploring your environment in a completely new and exciting way. What happens if you stretch a wet rubber band around a plastic cup and pluck it like a bass guitar? What does it sound like when you light a toy piano on fire? It’s often these types of expirimental processes and interactions with simple objects that yield the most interesting results and ultimately give you the freshest samples on the block.