Go where the sounds the animals are making are the only sounds you can hear. That's primary ingredient to all good nature recordings. It can't be avoided. Any attempt to avoid this will reduce the quality of the recording.
After that, everything that's already been mentioned. Reduce the likelihood that your presence will be noticed. Blend in. It's basically the same as hunting but you hit record instead of making a kill.
It's always tough on these units that don't indicate gain levels clearly on the trim and faders. The 8 o'clock suggestion seems appropriate for the trim for getting around 0dB considering the trim's range is -60dB to +4dB. The challenge with this unit is there is no indicator on the fader for what amount of gain is being applied. Depending on the mic you're using, 0dB on the trim might be too much gain before the fader. The standard practice for setting a level is to set the fader to 0dB of gain and then adjusting the trim upward until the levels look good in reference to the mic's position and the loudness of the actual audio source you're recording.
The best way to figure out where 0dB of gain is on the fader is to run a tone into the input of the recorder. But this still requires knowledge of how dBu translates to dBFS on the recorder. Generally 0dBu will translate to -20dBFS on digital recorders, but that's not a rule. Assuming that's true of this unit, you could try: Running a 0dBu tone into the recorder at mic level; Setting the recorder's input to mic; Setting the recorder's trim to 0dBu (About 8 o'clock I'm guessing). Turn the fader up until the meter on the recorder reads -20dBFS. That is the fader position that (Presumably) is 0dB of gain. Knowing that position, you can set levels by first setting the fader to that position and then putting the trim arbitrarily wherever the levels look good.
Timbre, thanks for the help..but this one is from kobe....i need the one from higashi-totsuka...
sioFont, man...you helped a lot....like 85% is there...now i only need the actual guy saying the door is closing and the train is comming....
thank you everybody!
There is some webpages that compile sounds and tunes from the Japan rail system. (not here, sorry)
Maybe it's not exactly what you are looking for, but I think it's very close to your needs.
Look for TOTSUKA on the page:
Thanks to all project members and all contributors for this fantastic collection of sounds.
A lot of fun!
(and a source of funny moments at work: some of the sounds allow us to smile and break the monotonous rhythm of our job)
http://vimeo.com/10334789 <- CHECK IT ON VIMEO
(more sources possibly coming later)
Materia is 3D animation about engineer who goes to fix broken down machine, only to meet the unexpected.
This project was to test how much resourses (time, effort etc) would be required to create such a small flick. It also serves as sort of Pilot for possible larger production. (turned out that it would require a lots of help from other Blender artists)
Make sure you check the projects homepage at aeon-visuals.com/materia
Thanks again to Acclivity and Timbre here at freesound.
Japanese station announcement, train arrives, doors open ... http://www.freesound.org/samplesViewSingle.php?id=84633
please help me how to attribute,
... it will be passed tomorrow, March 26, 2010.
Link seems to be down again.
I'm new here so first of all i would like to say that i really liked this forum!!! found lots of really good things here...
i'm searching for a particular sound from japan rail line...
I need the sound from the incoming train (the guy telling that the train is comming) and the sound it makes before the doors are closed (the song they play until the trains leaves, with the guy talking and everything...)
the problem is that each station in japan has its own music....the one i need its from HIGASHI-TOTSUKA
can anyone here help me find it?
Thank you very much in advance!
Most preferably, it would be a male announcer. The tone of the voice should be dramatic.
Thank you very much to those who will help. I will really appreciate your hard-work.
Hey to everyone,
I have a class project. And it will be passed tomorrow, March 26, 2010.
My project needs to have an introduction that says the following (because it is a movie):
"O true apothecary! Thy drugs are quick. Thus with a kiss I die."
"O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; There rust, and let me die."
"A tragedy about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately unite their feuding families. A play of vengeance; a play of guilt; and a play of love."
"Ladies and gentlemen. Spectators of all ages. Welcome to an English 4 Literature final presentaion."
"The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet"
Please, I need this very badly. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart.
That's great! Thanks! I can't thank you enough!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMTzv6BE9M0 Here it is ! Comment it plz
BTW I think a credit for Freesound is in order ... e.g. "Timbre @ Freesound.org"
Does anyone know how I could go about recreating the following sound effect that is from the movie Terminator Salvation? It is the machine drone.
Nope no mic pad, the switches are set to mic not line and the only other two places to adjust volume are at the trims and the master fader. I've seen a few other reviewers complain that the pre-amps on the Fostex don't offer a lot of gain. I just want to know what's the best way round it. Don't have the money to upgrade to a Sound Devices 702 yet and anyway I only just bought this so want to get my money's worth and, anyway, I'm pretty sure it's something I'm doing. Like I say, just knowing, where I should apply the most gain would help. I mean eight o'clock seems kind of low to have the master fader set at but someone seems to think that's the unity gain position.
Lol I'm just tying myself in knots. Anyone with any other thoughts what the cleanest way to boost my signal would be?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMTzv6BE9M0 Here it is ! Comment it plz ( And btw, yours pretty badass too :wink: )
I don't know if you've seen this or not, but perhaps your mic has the [http://www.freesound.org/forum/viewtopic.php?p=23890]built in cable pad. Else perhaps your record's sensitivity is turned down by accident (I don't know if there is a menu choice for something like that)?
Hi guys. I'm hoping you can help me. I'm using a Fostex FR-2 and a Rode NT-4, not the quietest set-ups in the world but not bad either.
In the Sound Effects Bible, the book reviewed in another thread, it says that ideal recording set-up is to have your master fader at eight o'clock and your trims at around two o'clock. Well when I follow this advice I have a really hard time getting the metres to move beyond -30 db even for sounds that are loud like vacuum cleaners, toilets flushing etc, so recording quieter sounds like laptops, birdsong etc is a difficult proposition to say the least. . I've also been told on more than one ocasion to adjust at the trims. Well to get the metres moving between -20 and -12 DB I have to pretty much max the trims and sometimes turn the master fader up a bit as well.
Sigh. Now I've also been told that turning gain knobs up to their max point is a bad idea. So, what's going to be least damaging to my audio? To have the master fader higher than eight, to keep the master fader there and max the trims. Or to have the trims down a bit and the master at eight and apply something like 20 DB of gain in post?
Thanks in advance.