"This is the AK47 assault rifle, the preferred weapon of our enemy. It makes a distinctive sound...." So I sampled it - and then it got a whole lot more complicated.
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The most famous (or infamous) assault rifle in the world gets a makeover.
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 a custom synthesizer that I created in Native Instruments Reaktor. What you hear is only from the original AK47 samples.
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
More on the Reaktor synth that I created: The synthesizer is based on 6 sample playback modules. Each module contains the following:
- a 16 step sequencer to trigger the sample
- EQ and Delay processing
- variations on where the sample begins playback
- pitch and speed changes
- 84 AK47 sound samples
2 of the modules also feature:
"random" sample selection directed by a 16 step sequencer
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