Audioboo and iPhone Recordings
Some of you may have noticed that a new widget has appeared in my sidebar recently. I’ve just set up an RSS feed from my newly-opened Audioboo account so that you can hear field recordings that I capture on my iPhone from time to time. Unlike my Soundcloud tracks, these are free for you to download and do whatsoever you may please with them. ”Gee thanks!” I hear you all say – as if a phone recording’s going to be any use to anyone, eh? Well, I was surprised.
I’m not pretending these are great sounding recordings but I do think they are good enough to enable them to be used in commercial projects. Not as foreground FX or exposed sounds; I’m talking about using them for atmos FX, tucked in amongst other elements. I believe that the deficiency in sonic quality is compensated for by their precious content – spontaneous events which occur when a pro recorder isn’t to hand.
So far, I have found that the main attraction of recording with a phone, as you can see from my list of Boos, is capturing stealth recordings of various noisy people around town. Shouts and spontaneous bursts of laughter are great for adding detail to urban soundscapes, and the low end content of the traffic ‘bed’ that will inevitably run throughout such a scene will help mask the thin quality of the recording which belies it’s origin.
I’m waiting for the release of the new Mikey from Blue Microphones to see if this improves things even further. Already more and more recording apps are emerging – the coolest (looking) one so far has to be the McDSP Retro Recorder, but Audiofile Engineering’s FiRe is recommended for use with the Mikey add-on, if that means anything.
If you would like to download any of the Boos I’ve recorded then simply click on ‘FREE BOOS’ in the sidebar on the right and then Ctrl-click on the little ‘play’ icon of the Boo you want to download and then select ‘Download Linked File’.