I’m currently hunting for some island sound effects and decided to go to Catalina Island with some friends to see what sounds I could get. It’s actually a funny story. I was planning on just going to Catalina myself and recording stuff, but then every friend I told wanted to go to Catalina with me! I had to stop telling people b/c it was going to be too big of a crew, haha.
It was an awesome trip! I did tell my friends they would have to be ok with me recording bits of sound here and there. I didn’t inform them of how long the hike would be… The hike ended up being extremely long: 8 miles!! If you have been to Catalina Island, you might think it’s a small island. But, try and hike some of that island and you’ll realize it’s actually really big. I think there is a hiking trail from one end to the other and I believe it takes 3-4 days with camping sites littered around. My friends and I were totally unprepared. I didn’t even bring water with me. An 8 mile hike up and down pretty large mountainous terrain was pretty crazy, haha. I did get some great recordings! Catalina is a pretty sparse and non-tropical island off the coast of California. This was perfect for what I needed which was very sparse birds and harbor sounds, etc.
The only thing I didn’t really get was the waves sounds of a small island. So, I’m going to go back to Catalina and go to the Two Harbors port and record a bunch more stuff over on that side of the island. Hopefully…I can get some isolated wave sounds.
The sounds I did record are ready for you to download!! You just need to sign up for the newsletter and I’ll send them your way! Here is an example of what I got:
I recorded this at 96K/24bit.
Once I go back and record everything with my stereo rig (which you can read about here), I’ll be e-mailing everyone out so you can download the whole pack! But, if you want the early release, just sing up below for the newsletter!
The rig I’m taking on my next trip is the Sennheiser 8040 X/Y rig along with my Sound Devices 702. The 8040’s are incredible mics that record super low and super high frequencies. They are quiet and great for ambience and sound effects recordings.