Having sound and using audio is the most important part of creating as a filmmaker, apart from the visuals. Using audio for media based content helps the story come together.

Today we learnt about different sounds, and how you can adjust the sound you want to be project using DB and pick up patterns to change how you want it to be heard.

We also learnt about different microphone types, and how they can be used and what their purpose is. The certain microphone we learnt about before learning about pick up patterns were..

Condenser microphone  –

A condenser mic requires power from an external source or batteries which are most likely to be AA. The audio signal is stronger than a dynamitic microphone. Condenser microphones also tend to be very sensitive and reactive, so if they were close to very load noises which makes them distort if they were too close to high volumes.


Dynamic microphone –

Dynamic microphones are better at handling, and suited more to high volume levels such as musicians, instruments or amplifiers. Dynamic mic (s) have no internal amplifier or any external power source or batteries.


Clip microphone –

A clip microphone which is also known as a lavalier mic and this microphone can be attached to underneath your clothing, on your shirt or whatever clothing the character or person that the mic is attached to, but near enough for the person talking for the sound to be recorded. These microphones are mostly used for documentaries, interviews or for general filmmakers.


Polar pick up patterns

Polar pick up patterns takes the range of where the microphone can pick up sound based in DB (which stands for Decibels) such as 120, 50, 60, 90 etc. Polar patterns are how sensitive the sound is depending on the direction the mic is directed to. The sound that is picked up from the microphone is based on microphone which is why there is different directional microphones such as omnidirectional, carnoid and supercarnoid microphones are based on how the sound is transferred to the microphone which is why polar pick up patterns are useful for the sound you want to achieve.


Media College (no date) Available at: http://www.mediacollege.com/audio/microphones/condenser.html

Video Maker (no date) Available at:



Shure (no date) Available at: http://www.shure.eu/support_download/educational_content/microphones-basics/microphone_polar_patterns

(Date Accessed on 04/10/16)

Task on Powerpoint :

Task 1 – Testing Foley with DB –

Task 2 – Testing Foley but making sounds from a list of sound we got given to make.

On the same powerpoint I’ve inserted includes both tasks given.

I have struggle uploading my audio work, so i’ll upload it at college if i can.


How did you record the sound?

We recorded the sound by using the audio recorder, but before we started to record them properly, we decided to test the different sounds on different materials and grounds and then we decided to listen through them if we liked them, and most of them we made new versions of the Foley sounds and we were going through them all if we needed more, but we had extra recordings; so we didn’t need to record more.

Why did you use this approach?

We used this approach so we could play it by ear, and see which sounds had too much ambience, and which sounds that didn’t have any while we were recording different Foley sounds. We used this approach so it was easier to tell what recordings weren’t perfect, and what ones that we could get a sense of what the sound can mean for example rain. It was easier for us to do this approach while we were working because the sounds we came out with first weren’t the ones we thought we were going to use, so it made the judgement better for us.

Where can the sound be used?

The sounds we recorded can be used in any sort of media for example film or documentaries that include those certain sounds that are very hard to record such as rain, and running water depending on the certain media being created. The sounds we recorded can be used in every single media form of film and tv.

Depending on the sound recorded, the sounds are all different and can have many different uses for different content; so they can be used in any media form.

What did you learn from the task?

From the task I learnt that, the degrees used is so so important because on the first audio task I tried using other degrees in sound and most of the audio I heard didn’t pick up which I wasn’t happy about, but the second task taught me that depending on the sound you want to make test it first and then record it properly for the final recording to make sure you’ve got the sound.

What worked well?

The thing that worked well for the second audio task was we were able to actually pick up the sound we wanted, and we took our time making sure that the foley sound we wanted to make was perfect enough for us. We also made sure we could hear it in our headphones before recording the final version of the foley sounds; so the thing that worked well was taking our time with creating the sounds and making sure it was clear enough.

What would you change next time?

The thing I would change next time is making sure if we needed any more time, we would use it which we did, but what I would change would be making sure the sound from the first task was tested first using headphones before actually recording and making sure it was clear enough for me to hear and analyse for the task.