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Dana Mroczek
Recording gun fire
on Apr 23, 2011 at 7:20:12 pm

Hello Everyone!

I will be recording for a video shoot at a gun range. I have never recording guns before and was wondering if anyone might have any suggestions as to what microphone I might use. I usually use my Sanken CS3e for shoots but I don't think that the spl can handle this kind of work. The gun range is in doors and concrete, and I will be recording everything from hand guns to michine guns. I will be running this into my sound devices 722. Any advice on mic placement would be appreciated as well Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!


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Alan Lloyd
Re: Recording gun fire
on Apr 23, 2011 at 8:08:50 pm

Dynamic mics can usually handle higher SPL than condensers. I'd also think about having a second mic somewhat removed to add a bit of room sound, close-micing a gunshot to an extremely "dry" sound can be less than satisfying.

Also, record two channels, one several DB down.

And maybe one of the real audio guys can help. I'm a camera/lighting guy really, with an interest in sound mostly from a documentary angle.


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Ty Ford
Re: Recording gun fire
on Apr 24, 2011 at 1:39:25 am

Hello Dana and welcome tot eh Cow Audio Forum.

Many people will suggest a Dynamic mic like the Sennheiser 421. That'll work. I have also used my Schoeps cmc641 on a variety of German WWII machine guns, rifles and hand guns from a distance of 4-6 feet.

Regards,

Ty Ford

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Dana Mroczek
Re: Recording gun fire
on Apr 24, 2011 at 2:01:29 am

Great! Thanks guys I appreciate it!


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Bob Kessler
Re: Recording gun fire
on Apr 24, 2011 at 5:17:12 am

Charles Maynes is the master of weapons recording.

http://designingsound.org/2010/06/charles-maynes-special-gun-recording-thou...

http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/1746/weapons_sound_effects_recording_...

Peace,

Bob
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