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recording audio samples like water

Discussion in 'Audio Hardware' started by HeltorJuliet, Mar 20, 2018.

  1. HeltorJuliet

    HeltorJuliet Logician

    What can I buy to record sounds in the outside environment that are then easy to load into Logic for use as loops etc please?
  3. bayswater

    bayswater Logician

    The usual suspects:

    something like an iRig that lets you use an phone or tablet to record.

    or a small portable hand held recorder like a Zoom

    But before you buy something, if you want to find recordings of specific sounds, have a look at the various sample sharing sites. I've been able to find a lot of useful samples on them that are free to use in productions. E.g. here are some water sounds. Google will give you a lot of similar hits.
    Michael F Clef likes this.
  4. Peter Ostry

    Peter Ostry Administrator Staff Member

    Maybe worth to mention:

    Recording the sound of water is not as simple as one might think. I tried to capture some water falls and creeks in a mountain environment, where I expected good results due to the reflections of stones and rocks. The recorder was a Zoom H4N handheld recorder. Good device with good cardioid mics in XY configuration. But I just got something between white and pink noise, not a natural sound. It was unusable, the Logic Test Oscillator might have done the same ... I have not tried it again, but I can imagine that you need at least 2 omnidirectional microphones in A/B configuration or 2 cardioids in ORTF or something like that. And find the best positions of course. For best nature sounds, arrays of mics are used.

    Unless you want to dive right now into the world of nature recording, you may follow bayswater's suggestion to look for samples first.
    Michael F Clef likes this.

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