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Capturing trains coming out of tunnel

Last week, we took a little break from our daily schedule to spend time with the team and record some passing trains in a countryside location, a couple of hours away from our base.

We found the spot where trains are coming out of a mountain tunnel (entering the next one, just a couple of seconds later) and set our gear sideways, using 7 microphones in total.

  • Four next to the train lines, combining ORTF and space paired techniques
  • One contact mic (stocked up on the rails)
  • One mounted shotgun microphone on a Rode Blimp following the train
  • As well as a dynamic one, placing it approximately 10m inside the tunnel to capture that deep, haunting echo that the train brings along with it.

As we were unsure where to set the input levels on the recording device, we picked up a time of the day that would have heavy traffic to make a lot of tests, both picking up different microphone placements and signal levels, in order to achieve the best sound possible. The session ended well, with some great raw material in our sound cards to work upon.

Below, we present you our final take, as the levels of our first attempts went way too hot. Hope you enjoy it 🙂

You can download the file for FREE in 96/24 resolution right here

Below is a brief insight of what gear we used:

  • Zoom F8 (multichannel recorder)
  • Zoom H6 (hand held device) – Full Bundle

  • Sennheiser MKH8060
  • Oktava Mk 012-01 MSP2 Matched Pair with cardioid, omni and figure 8 capsules for M/S recording
  • Oktava MK 101 Large diaphragm condenser microphone
  • Shure SM57
  • Schertler contact mic

  • AKG K-141 MKII

  • Rode Blimp with Dead Wombat Windshield
  • Baby Ball Gags with their windscreens by Rycote
  • Rycote Classic Softie for some less windy environments

  • Microphone Stands
  • Rode Stereo Bar SB20
  • Toshiba rechargeable batteries
  • Sommer Cables
  • Gaff tape
  • Zoom PCF-8 and Protec Deluxe Portable bags, as well as two Eastpack backpacks for the accessories