Concrete Pumper

Concrete pumping on Bloor street.

I spent some time recording this pumper and its attendant concrete trucks in different ways. I have a tremendous amount to learn, and part of that is how the placement of the recorder changes the results. In another recording I positioned it facing away to catch the reverb and surroundings, while for this one I stood at the side of the road and held the recorder above my head. Let me tell you: that's a great way to be popular at a construction site.

This recording was made with the mics in the XY stereo configuration in an effort to pull in more of the machinery and less of the ambient. I'm not sure exactly how much that helped with my goal, but it certainly makes a difference for the width of the stereo field.