So the radio in this picture is a very dear part of my teenage, growing up years in the big town of Wallace, NC. When I was around 12 or 13, I had a dream of becoming a radio disc jockey or a "DJ" as most would call it. I use to record myself using my portable cassette tape recorder and pretend to be a DJ and announce various hit songs from the early 70s. When I turned 15 years old I actually got my dream job working at WLSE in Wallace. They trained me and my friend Bryon Lindner to work the 7-10:30 pm shift during the week and then work a good bit on the weekends. I was in heaven! I loved it. Sure beat the heck out of working in a Tobacco field!
The radio pictured was my parent's radio that sat in the kitchen and they would listen to me when I was on air. And when I was off air I would tune in to listen to the latest greatest hits of the 70's. Amazing memories!
I produced an Old Radio effect this afternoon using my beloved radio. There's lots of static when you turn it on and off but it still works great! These sounds will be available on Motion Array within the next week or two.
Take a listen below.
I spent a bit of the afternoon producing several new cartoon comical crash effects. These are always fun to make. My wife is use to seeing me gather up kitchen utensils, pots and pans and giant spoons for occasions such as these! And then add in some cymbal crashes and bass drum kicks, maybe a slide whistle and whamo! A new fun sound is born.
These sounds will be available on AudioJungle and Motion Array within the next several days.
Take a listen below to a sample.
The photo to the left is of my Neumann U47Fet microphone that I use for all my voice overs. I'm a HUGE fan of Neumann microphones which are some of the finest mics in the world. I own several and they are my go to microphones. In addition to recording a host of different sounds I love to do cartoon voice overs with different voices. I get a real kick out of hearing these voices in several of the top children's videos on Youtube including "Like Nastya", "Diane & Roma" and "Vlad & Nicki" just to name a few. These channels have had literally billons of views. I hear my work in just about every episode from the last couple of years on each of these channels. They use a lot of my musical interludes and accents as well.
Take a listen below to a short sample of couple of my voices that were recently added to my library on AudioJungle.
I just returned from a four day three night trip to Washington DC. My wife and I took the train up on Sunday and enjoyed seeing several must see sites of our nation's capital. We particularly enjoyed the Modern Museum Of Art. Though it was a little on the cool side, it was nice to see the city without tons of people that you get during the Spring & Summer. We enjoyed some great food at Old Ebbitt's Grill and L'adente. I especially enjoy Italian food so L'adenta was a real treat. If you ever go check out their 40 layer Lasagna. It's amazing!!
Of course I took along my trusty recording devices and captured several sounds including some museum room ambience. I also captured several urban street traffic scenes and some great train sounds.
These sounds will be available on AudioJungle & Motion Array.
Take a listen below to some of the museum room ambience.
One of my most favorite movie soundtrack songs is the theme from the movie The Deer Hunter "Cavatina". It was written and performed by John Williams. Every time I hear it I am moved and it invokes deep feelings. I wrote and recorded "Love Again" a few years ago in an attempt to invoke similar feelings. It was recorded with a Yari Alvarez Classical Guitar using Neumann Km84 vintage microphones.
It is now available as a download on Motion Array.
Take a listen below and dream about the one you love!
We are very happy to announce that Apple Hill Studios is now the number 7th highest Author for AudioJungle. Considering that there are over 10,000 authors on AJ we are quite proud of this accomplishment!
This starts our 10th year with AudioJungle and our sales continue to rise each month. December 2023 was our best month ever!
Whoop! Whoop! We anticipate 2024 being an amazing year as we continue to grow and build our library and offer our productions on amazing platforms like AudioJungle, Pond5, Sonniss and Motion Array.
I enjoyed an overnight trip to New Bern, NC along with a ride to Beaufort, NC and Moorhead City, NC. I stayed downtown at the Marriott Courtyard which was just to the left of where this photo was taken. It was nice to have such easy access to recording the seagulls and ducks that were out in the water. New Bern is a delightful coastal Historic town and a short getaway from Wilmington, NC where I live.
Take a listen below to one of my seagull sound effects. They are now available on AudioJungle and soon Motion Array.
I have been writing and recording new material to post on Motion Array and specifically acoustic folk instrumentals. One of my latest productions is one entitled "Glory Of Sunset" that features my Santa Cruz OM acoustic guitar, soft piano, bass, light drums and percussion. This is one of my favorite instruments and my go to when I'm recording acoustic guitar. It's a beautiful guitar with a sweet, warm and mellow tone.
Take a listen below to the guitar and the song.
This will be my last post for 2023. Wishing you and yours a wonderful, happy and healthy 2024! Blessings as you follow and fulfill your dreams.
I appreciate my friend Clyde Edgerton having me over a few days ago to record several minutes of his wood fireplace. I have a fireplace but it's a gas fire and you can't get much crackling from a gas fire! Clyde is a nationally known author and is a multi-talented individual with musical and artistic talents galore. He has an amazing sense of humor and I enjoy his friendship. Thanks for the sounds Clyde!
I used my Sennheiser MKH8040 stereo pair microphones to record the fireplace along with my trusty Zoom F3 recorder. This is a killer combination.
This sound will be available on Motion Array within the next several days.
Take a listen to the fireplace below.
A week or so ago I recorded some running footsteps out in my neighborhood. I used my Audio Technica BP4025 and Zoom F3 recorder to make the recording. I put the microphone on a boom pole to get the running sound and I recorded the breathing by itself after I had run (and got a bit winded!). By recording it separately I was able to easily adjust it in post for the proper volume against the footsteps.
This sound is now available for purchase on Motion Array under the name Running Steps.
Take a listen to it below.
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