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Expensive toys

Another week, another round of classes, and once again, I enjoyed the sound design class more than the editing class. However, I’m not sure how much of that was influenced by straining to watch grainy, black and white silent film clips in the latter and getting to play with hundreds of dollars’ worth of electronics in the former.

The equipment we worked with this week in sound design class included a $100 Shure SM57 dynamic mic, a $200 Sennheiser ME66 short shotgun mic, a $350 Blue Microphones Bluebird condenser mic, a $350 Audio Technica AT825 stereo mic, and a $1,300 Fostex FR2 field recorder. And this was the sound equipment provided for student use! The instructor said that the high-end microphones can sell for upwards of $10,000. I’ve heard about how amazing it is that individuals can now buy equipment to make their own indie films, but it still seems quite expensive to me. We didn’t even get to sound mixing yet, and then there’s the cost of the computer and Pro Tools workstation to consider. Next week, weather permitting, we will be venturing out into the night to record some sounds in the neighborhood with the expensive toys we’ve just learned to use. I can hardly wait!

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