Cooking Up New Sounds!

written by Andrew Lewis on February 22, 2012 in Field Recording and Sound Design with 2 comments


One of the obvious advantages of new handheld digital recorders is their ability to go places otherwise seemed impossible (or reckless!) before. Hence the following recording I made the other night! Being able to completely enclose the recorder in a small environment, which could potentially be interesting to record, gives you a better sense of what it’s like to be “in there”. I don’t really want to experience what it’s like to be in a fan assisted oven, but I was curious to what it would sound like!

For the sake of not melting my gear, I wisely chose to put the oven on the lowest heat possible and only recorded about 2 minutes or so. I recorded using the Zoom H2 in ‘surround’ mode so there’s two recordings, one of the front pair and one of the rear. If you ever wondered what it would be like to be cooked alive, here’s the closest hopefully you’ll get to experiencing it! ;)

Listening back I liked the way the pitch of the fans seemed to rise slightly as they kicked in. I thought it might be fun to try and get some ominous type sounding atmospheres using the sounds so I went about a bit of manipulation.

Using some pitch shifting, EQ, reverb and a bit of volume automation in Pro Tools, I came up with something which I thought sounded a lot more sinister than to start with! Could be quite cool to use as a BG layer in a horror-esque scenario ;)

Recorded at 24/48.

Enjoy, and download freely! Comments welcome!!