A few months ago I received a revelation while writing here.
In response to a reader’s email, I wrote an article called An Introduction to Sound Effects Mastering.
In that post I outlined the stages of mastering sound clips, and shared my own experience polishing sound effects. I broke the tasks down, then unraveled them. I was forced to consider my workflow, step-by-step. I reflected on the effect each stage of mastering has upon the value of a sound effect.
That post made me realize an important idea: it’s incredibly helpful to return to the roots of your craft. It’s vital to reserve a place for your roots in your thoughts. After all, it’s easy to abandon them while we become dazzled by other aspects of work. Writing the article pulled me away from software versions, headphone models, and plug-in upgrades. It forced me to reflect on the way I work, and what mastering is about, at its core.
I’d like to continue that idea today.
So, in this post, I will describe exactly what happens when a field recordist strikes out into the world. What do they do? What sound do they capture? How do they do this? What happens while field recording?
My new e-Book Field Recording: from Research to Wrap, grew from that original post. I explore those field recording concepts in depth in that book. However, I felt that the ideas may interest blog readers too, so I wanted to share an abridged version here, as well. If you want to go deeper, check out the eBook.