Every year on July 4th, some illegal fireworks go off right outside my building, and this year, I remembered to be prepared.
I managed to set up my microphones (Sennheiser MKH 30/40 in a M/S pair) right outside on my balcony, not really knowing if the placement would be ideal enough - but once the party got started, I quickly realized that I missed a very important setting: THE -10dB PAD (thank you Sound Devices limiters!).
After resetting my levels and turning on the pad switch, I let the recorder roll for a good hour. I'm super happy with the results, and I could see these recordings being used as the transient within an explosion, or possibly pitched down for designing a gunshot. Check out a snippet of the recordings below!