Recording Fireworks

Recording the single firework all the way at the end of the horizon! (just kidding, they were much closer)

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!