Sunday, 15 September 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING

Rain sound library is available at
[email protected] 96kHz with ortf, spaced omni, XY and carefully edited.

These are some of photos I took while recording RAIN.

This place has less noise and is my favorite place.
I had been thinking a long time that I must record rain under this crib, and an opportunity suddenly came! It’s hard to tell from photos, but it was raining pretty hard. I used ortf set, omni set, and nos set this time. Nos set was very suitable for the sound of the rain falling on close leaves.

We had longer rainy season this year in Japan and I was pretty happy about it.
While people hesitated to go walk under the rain, I was recordings rain happily, at least during the time…
It was like “someone’s loss is someone’s gain”. yey!

I placed omni mic in two places and ortf set and xy set in the center inside a car to capture rain from an interior.
xy in the photo.

Rain is very unpredictable these days, so I had always prepared gears on my side for sudden rain during the period. When I thought it started raining, it suddenly stopped and vice versa, and suddenly thunders!!…
Other than seem on these photos, I found many other interesting places and sounds especially for the rain recordings, and Overall, it was fun recordings as always!

Back to recordings now!

Thursday, 16 May 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING

English Ver. comes after Japanese.
Excuse my Japaniglish always tho;)



  • 現場の音は刻々と変化しています。


  • 場所によっては許可が必要な場合もありますが、移動途中の予期せぬ場所で良い音に出会う事もあります。そんな時はとてもラッキーな気分になります。


  • 環境音収録は秘境=収録に適している場所が多いです。


  • 実際の収録と同時にどのような音が必要か常に判断していきましょう。


  • そして動作音の収録でも、出来るだけ静かな場所を見つけましょう。
    Anti-Node Designサウンドライブラリーは可能な限り後処理を必要としない収録を心がけています。







  • The sound of the scene is changing every moment, so it is difficult to predict. That is almost impossible.
    Make your schedule as flexible as possible.
    And DO NOT FORGET spare batteries.
    You will miss that moment if you need to back to pick up your battery especially After a few hours of hiking.


  • You may need to get permission in advance depending on the location, but you may find a well balanced ambient sound in an unexpected place while you are moving. I feel very lucky if I find such a place.


  • The location of the natural environment recording is usually a secluded place = a superior place for recordings.
    And be aware that the distant sound changes depending on the terrain.
    For example, trees and mountains tend to become wall when in the valley whereas, at the top of the mountain, nothing blocks distant sounds.
    The same is true in urban buildings.
    On the rooftop of a building, you can find balanced distant traffic sound. Whereas close-car-bys and pedestrians are on the road. And there are also many quiet places in between buildings that are not disturbed by other sounds, but the stereo image becomes little narrow in the results.


  • You always need to judge what kind of sound you want.
    A library with several identical sounds is not an interesting one.
    The trick is to always look ahead, listen to the results, and act.
    And, this is especially for environmental recording but ask local people.
    If you are looking for a beautiful sound of waves, ask a local fisherman. It may seem a little strange, but they tend to, in my experience, understand what you are looking for even not knowing our real purpose.
    Fishing and sound recording are two different things, but if you think about waiting for prey without making a sound, there may be some similarities.
    And when it comes to the Mountains, The forest ranger.
    They may know one or two special places where no climbers or tourists go.


  • Also, find a place as quiet as possible for recording the motion sounds(foley sounds, hard effects).
    It’s best to record in the Foley Studio, but you need to find the quietest place for sounds that are difficult to record indoors.
    For example, I searched quiet places and periods in Chichibu to record fireworks.
    Of course, there is noise removal plug-in when editing, but it will affect the main sound if you don’t use it well.
    And sound tend to be thinner and unnatural when using plugins sometimes.
    Anti-Node Design sound library tries to capture material that requires as little post-processing as possible.
    For that, choosing a location is very important.
    And it’s also important to experiment and create unique sounds.
    I was once asked by a director to make a unique siren which no one heard, so eventually, I used my cat’s voice and low rumble from korg ms 20 mini and manipulated with the envy from the cargo cult.
    The director was happy, and when he asked how the idea came out, my answer was “from experiments.”
    Like ambient sound, it’s not easy, sometimes, to predict the results and how it will be used.
    But, That is one of the beauties of field recordings in my opinion.


On the next, I will explain how to choose and prepare gears.
This blog is only knowledge within my own experience, so please let me know if you have any comments.

When you start to think about sound, you may realize so many interesting materials around us!
Thank you for reading my Japaniglish!
stay tuned!

Monday, 13 May 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING

English Ver. comes after Japanese.
Excuse my Japaniglish always tho;)


  • 日頃から日常の音に耳を傾けましょう。
  • そして興味深い音を発見したら忘れないようメモを取るまたハンディーで音を記録しましょう。
  • 次に興味を持った音のレコーディングリストを作成します。




Some of you may be wondering how we prepare and record.
Step by step, I would like to explain our daily field recording routine.
This is chapter one.

  • This is the first step in field recording.
    Listening to everyday sounds.
    There are many sounds in our living environment.
    First, listen to the sound, and imagine how many sounds fall into this one category.
    YES It’s that simple, but when you start to think about it, you’ll notice a lot of sounds coming into your imagination.
    There are also a lot of materials that sound even more interesting when you listen through a microphone.
    Have you ever heard the sound in a refrigerator through a contact microphone? It sounds more mechanical and sci-fi than you would probably expect.
  • And when you find an interesting sound, take notes so you don’t forget it, or record the sound with your handy.
    We sometimes forget things in our daily lives.
    It seems easy, but later Don’t let get “What was that and where??” to you.
  • Next, create a recording list of the sounds you are interested in.
    Be prepared to make as many options as possible for later sound design.
    It is always very convenient to have sounds from different viewpoints for each material.


OK, I wrote, this time, a simple basic thing yet very important.
On the next, I will explain how to choose and find recording locations.
By the way, it is only knowledge within my own experience, so please let me know if you have any comments.

When you start to think about sound, you may realize so many interesting materials around us!
Thank you for reading my Japaniglish!
stay tuned!

Friday, 03 May 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING

This is a start point.
I recorded quiet Harbor while waiting for a ship arrived.


This is my set for the trip.
I used ortf set for almost every spots, and wide set and omnis were used for opened beaches & opened spaces and sometimes xy to get close water movements.
With these mics fitting in one hiking zack, I can cover lots of perspectives.
Thanks to Tim Prebble


This view is from the first beach on the first day.
No streets are nearby, and fewer people live on this small island, so no traffics, fewer obstructions by people.
I stayed there close to an hour to get sounds in many perspectives, but no one came across.
Oshima island is a great place for ocean recording.


Start to see many kinds of cliffs from here.
This morning was a little windy, so aggressive waves sounded like onboard ships.


Another cliff, but calm.


Another cliff, but hitting hard by waves.
Oshima Island is a small island and has an active volcano, so there are many unique cliffs made by volcanic rocks.
Because of its unique landform, waves hit hard and make a boomy sound.


Fishing harbor in Oshima island.


They just came back from early morning fishing, so industrial sounds were there.


Rocky shore from a hill.
When I was looking for recording spot with my big backpack on, one old fisherman asked me the results of the day, so I replied to him “so far so good but it was little windy this morning.” I was not fishing, but my answer was not too far from everyday fisherman’s conversation.
I often think fishing has something in common as we both try to capture something by not making human sounds. We happened to share the same places, and sometimes we race each other to get the best same spots.
One is after great sounds while the other is after fresh fish.

Along with recordings from other islands, all together SHORES island edition sound library will be available at

My picture also can be found at Avosound run by
Swiss sound designer and field recordist Guido Helbling.

Thursday, 28 February 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING, NEWS

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND, FIELD RECORDING

These are places where I visited during Tokyo recordings.