Sounds from inside
In the college, the entrance is a large room with solid walls and no couches or anything soft. When we tried sound recording in this room it was echoing and had a long reverb. This is because there was nothing soft to absorb the sound. Also, becuase of the solid large walls, the sound bounced around creating an echo.
In the reception, it was still echoing but not as much. This is because there are couches and cushions. This will absorb some of the sound.
The music room:
In the music room, it is designed to absorb some of the sound. It had big wooden curved shape panels on the ceiling. This was so when the sound hits it, the sound curves round and spreads out the noise. The stops and echo/reverb. It also had cushion panels on the wall to absorb the sound.
The sound booth:
The sound booth is designed so no noise can escape. The sound is absorbed into the walls as it has little holes with foam on the inside. This would be the ideal place to do sound recording because it would be clean audio.
Sounds from Outside
The sound recorded on the street is very noisy. This is because we were next to a road, so there were loud car noises as cars went past. Also, it was windy and there were lots of people. This built up to be very loud, therefor making it a bad place to do sound recording. However, it would be good for road atmosphere.
We decided to record some sound effects. One of them was the tree rustling. This sound was hard to record because the sound is quite. It wasn’t clean sound because it had lots of park noises in the background. To make it cleaner we could’ve lowered the recording levels. However this would make the sound clip quieter.
The splash sound effect was made by throwing a rock into the river. I think this sound effect worked well because
What I have learnt
- The first thing I learnt was that there are different microphones for different things. Omni records in all directions; bi-directional records in front; cardioid records in front and slightly to the side; Hyper cardioid records more to the side the normal cardioid; shot gun records in a cone shape forwards.
- Furthermore, there is also different types of microphones. Such as lapel microphones, which are microphones that are really small that can clip onto clothes.
- Secondly I learnt that mono means that the microphone has one channel, so either left and right. And Stereo has 2 channels that records left and right. Surround sound has lots of channels, so the sound moves around.
- Thirdly, I learnt that when sound recording you should record in large rooms with nothing in. This is because the sound will echo because it will bounce of the wall, creating a reverb.
- Also, I learnt that when you record sound, its good to record in a sound booth. Sound booths usually have ways of creating no reverb. An example is having squishy padded panels on the wall. This absorbs the sound.
- Another thing I learnt was recording sound outside is a bad idea for an interview. This is because there is a lot of background noise. When we recorded outside nest to the road, there was lots of loud traffic that meant that it was hard to hear the person speaking.
- I also learnt that when sound recording, you need to not just think about the sound quality. If you were filming an interview in the space it would need to be relevant to the interview. For example, someone interested in nature being filmed in a park. Atmosphere in the background can be good, so the sound of a river, if you can see the river. It can add to the interview, not ruin it.