Sound Devices 702 review. Digital recorder summary.

You may have heard of John Cage's Prepared Piano. Well this is similar, but different. I took an AK47 assault rifle (a real weapon, not airsoft) and made sounds with it. Then loaded those sounds in an Akai MPC 1000 and "played" them.




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Other than a loud BANG what does an AK47 sound like? Well I brought one into the studio to find out. I recorded the sounds of disassembly, striking various parts of the weapon with the cleaning rod, movement of the bolt carrier, dry fires, and more.


Gear used: Sound Devices 702 stereo digital recorder. Matched pair of Earthworks QTC 1 microphones. Edited in Pro Tools, then loaded the resulting samples in an Akai MPC 1000 for playback. I used the MPC's internal effects (delay and reverb) to add some depth.


More on the AK47 used: This weapon is an Arsenal Arms SLR 101s chambered in 7.62 x 39. No live ammunition was used during the recording process and the weapon was safety checked before recording.

* Only the weapon and internal parts of the weapon were used as sound sources:

- bolt action
- cleaning rod striking parts of the receiver and barrel
- dry fire
- recoil spring unit rubbing against weapon
- safety selector
- bolt carrier and bolt against weapon
- varied distances from microphones when recording





Hear more of the "Prepared AK47" in my Difficult Listening Channel podcast (below)





For just $0.50 each you can purchase a track (funds will go to record more interesting objects).
podcast icon "Difficult Listening Channel - 191 - Filthy Dirty Pervert and the Lactating Monkey or: A Dogfish Combustible" Chris forgot the detonators! Even after the sergeant reminded him several times before the mission. He's going to be in big trouble when... if he gets back. Dropped 30 miles behind enemy lines, 6 men and no detonators! For now it's the sergeant who's in it big as the captain has a bag of fresh detonators on his desk - the very detonators that should be with Chris - behind enemy lines. The shit starts rolling downhill fast as the sergeant is assigned to latrine detail, and that's just for starters. The captain has lost it before but not like this. He's about 2 seconds away from a stroke when the news comes in. The bridge is still intact! Damn right it is... BECAUSE THE FUCKING DETONATORS ARE ON HIS DESK!!! Chris is such an asshole.



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