When I started the Azimuth blog I was a busy sound effects editor, spending long days in the windowless edit suite in my house. I was doing a lot of work but it was a somewhat lonely way to go about my days, as my interaction with the outside world and other sound pros was limited. I had worked at larger facilities in the past that meshed the technical and social aspects of the business much better then freelancing. So I decided to start a blog as a way of engaging other audio people and gaining new social outlets to learn from and pass around knowledge. It has been great to meet so many people, some in person but most through the amazing online sound community.
Today is the 2 year anniversary of this blog. So I thought I would celebrate by going over a couple of milestones of the last year. By far the biggest news for me was the launch of the new podcast on sound design and recording, called Tonebenders. Taking on the dual roles of a co-host and co-producer has been a lot of fun, as well as an education unto itself. If you follow this blog at all you have read enough about the podcast already so I will leave it at that. Another cool innovation from the past year has been the addition of the free downloads page on this site. Instead of just writing about some of my field recording adventures I am now able to share some of the sounds with everyone. I have been amazed at how many people have pulled down these collections. I plan on including more sounds for download in the coming months, so stay tuned.
Finally I am going to repost a few of my personal favorite articles from year 2 of the blog.
Before I did my first multi-mic vehicle recording session I did a ton of research on the subject and made this post with links to a bunch of the info I was able to dig up online.
After doing all the research mentioned above I put all that information to work by doing a full coverage recording of an Argo amphibious ATV.
This diary of my various attempts to record the wing flutter from tiny hummingbirds tells how tricky the little guys were to capture sound from. This post includes a free download of some of the results.
This post covers my recordings of the burners that heat the air in hot air balloons. I love the pictures of the Arizona desert in this one.
This was a fun post about the signature sounds of various cities around the world.
This is possibly my favorite of the last year. My trip to Iceland was really a life changing experience.
Here is one is really only going to be important to me - but I still like it a lot.
There was a lot of discussion created by this post and it got passed around quite a bit. I did a bit of research into what kinds of projects various soft synth manufacturers actually allow us to use their sounds in, according to their various End User Licenses.
Here are my thoughts as to what we can all do to make the Sound Collector’s Club even better then it already is.
Finally if you scroll down to the bottom of this post (or even read the post too) you will find my supercut of quotes from the SoundWorks Collection that all mention how sound is there to help tell the story.
Thanks to everyone for reading the blog over the last year and especially those of you who reached out with comments and questions. I always like hearing from others in the online sound community, so reach and say hello some day!