Thursday, 07 November 2019 / Published in CINEMA SOUND

Upcoming sound library STREAM RIVER & WATERFALL vol2.

Thursday, 24 October 2019 / Published in field recording

STREAM / RIVER & WATERFALL library will be released soon from Anti-Node Design.
Before do, I’d like to share some of the information from recordings.
I think google translate is always not trusty, so I wrote Japanese below the English writing this time.

Anti-Node DesignからSTREAM/RIVER&WATERFALLライブラリが間もなくリリースされます。
google translateは常に信用出来ないと思うので今回は英語の下に日本語を書きました。

This time of recordings, I mostly focused on the area we couldn’t record last time where Okutama in Tokyo, Ogawamachi and Hanno in Saitama, and Gunma.


Recently, I almost always use various microphones set up to get as many perspectives as possible.
As for this recording, my sets were always-very-trusted ortf set, spaced omni set, and sometimes nos and xy.
Spaced omni is perfect for mixing ambiances. Approximately 40cm apart from each other might be good.
And nos setup on boom worked great for wider streams and rivers from above.
And xy is great combination with a little wider ortf. I didn’t use much this time, but I recently had good results on ambiance recordings from this combo.

今回のレコーディングに関しては、常に信頼できるortf setとspaced omni set、そして時にはnosとxyを使用しました。
spaced omni setは周辺の環境を含めての収録に最適であります。約40cmぐらいの間を開けてセットすると良いのかもしれません。

I am currently editing sounds and will upload it as soon as ready.


Chao for now.

STREAM & WATERFALL vol.1 and PROJECTILE SWISH are on sale right now!!

Wednesday, 16 October 2019 / Published in field recording

Almost finish stream recordings and beginning editing.
I’d like to share some pics from locations just for now.

Sunday, 13 October 2019 / Published in gear

New microphone from Sanken
cms-50 Super Short Mid Side (M-S) Stereo Professional Shotgun

It is a small MS mic that might fit in my field recording bag in the future…



Model Name



Self – polarised condenser


M: Cardioid,  S: Figure-8

Frequency response

(60Hz – 20kHz)

Sensitivity (at 1kHz)

-28dB (40mV) (0dB = 1V/Pa)

Equivalent noise level (A weighted)

18dB SPL  (A weighted)

Max SPL (1% THD)

138dB SPL

Output impedance( 1kHz )

140 ohms

High pass filter cut off freq.



+48V ± 4V Phantom U.P.F

Current consumption

4 mA (each channel)


4.6oz (130g)


5.4″ (137mm) length
0.87″ (22mm) diam.

Surface finish

Matte Black


XLR-5-12C(M) equivalent
( 1: GND, 2: M-Hot, 3: M-Cold, 4: S-Hot, 5: S-Cold )

Saturday, 28 September 2019 / Published in gear


I’ve been looking for a variety of field recording bags, and in the past, I used to curry microphones in arc’teryx miura 45 and pieces of equipment in another bag, but now I can store much in this Peak Design Travel Duffelpack bag.
As you have already seen how Tim Prebble uses this bag, this bag opens from your back so no need to worry about getting dirt on your back anymore!

I tested compatible as a field recording bag, and the result was It could hold gears more than I thought.

But how about its maximum load capacity? I’ve asked them before purchasing, and their quick kind answer was they tested at well over 200+ without signs of failure!
YES! & NICE! They have such great customer support!

It is the best bag for me so far which I’d like to recommend to all colleagues and field recordists out there.

45L min, 65L max

Standard: 66cm x 38 cm x 30cm (26" x 15" x 12") Circumference: 110cm (43")

Expanded: 66cm x 42 cm x 34cm (26" x 17" x 13") Circumference: 134cm (53")
(expansion panels expand bag diameter the most thus creating a large volume increase of 20L)

Standard: 26in (66cm) x 9.5in (24cm) x 9in (23cm)
Expanded: 26in (66cm) x 15in (38cm) x 9in (23cm)
Sunday, 15 September 2019 / Published in 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, 04 July 2019 / Published in gear

The Zoom F6 features both 32-bit float recording and dual AD converters which very interesting!
They are growing rapidly in the field recording & location sound industries these days.
We are really proud of zoom in Japan!!

More detail on ZOOM WEBSITE

Recording Media:
SD cards, SDHC cards, SDXC cards (that conform to standards)

Inputs 1–6:
Connectors XLR jack (pin 2 hot)

Input (mic):
Input gain +12 dB – +75 dB
Input impedance 3 kΩ or more
Maximum input level +4 dBu

Input (line):
Input gain −8 dB – +55 dB
Input impedance 5 kΩ or more
Maximum input level +24 dBu

Phantom power:
+24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel

Equivalent input noise:
−127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75 dB input gain, 150 Ω input)

Line output:
Connectors 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output
Output impedance 100 Ω or less
Reference output level –10 dBV, 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load
Maximum output level +10 dBV, 1 kHz, 10 kΩ load
D/A dynamic range 95 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)

Headphone output:
Connector 3.5 mm stereo mini unbalanced output
Output impedance 15 Ω or less
Maximum output level 100 mW + 100 mW (32Ω load)
D/A dynamic range 108 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)

When WAV selected:
Supported formats:
44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192 kHz, 16/24-bit/32-bit float,
mono/stereo/2-8ch poly, BWF/iXML

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:
14 (6 inputs x 2 (Linear and Floating) + LR mix)
6 (6 inputs (Linear or Floating) at Float(32bit) Mode, 192 kHz)

When MP3 selected:
Supported formats:
128/192/320 kbps, 44.1/48 kHz, ID3v1 tags

Maximum simultaneous recording tracks:

Using a 32 GB card:
30:46:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
7:41:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)

3.5 mm stereo mini (Tip: IN, Ring: OUT)

Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec
(audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)

Frame rates:
23.976 ND, 24 ND, 25 ND, 29.97 ND, 29.97 D, 30 ND, 30 D

±0.2 ppm

Allowed input level:
0.2 – 5.0 Vpp

Allowed input impedance:
4.6 kΩ

Output level:
3.3 Vpp

Output impedance:
50 Ω or less

AC adapter : DC 5V (supports USB bus power)
Sony® L-Series battery
4 AA batteries (alkaline, lithium or rechargeable NiMH batteries)

Continuous recording time:
48 kHz/16-bit 2ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT off, TIMECODE off, LED/LCD Brightness 5, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM off):
Alkaline batteries 7.5 hours or more
NiMH batteries
(2450 mAh)
10.5 hours or more
Lithium batteries 16.5 hours or more

48 kHz/24-bit 6ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT off, TIMECODE off, LED/LCD Brightness 5, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM off):
Alkaline batteries 5.0 hours or more
NiMH batteries
(2450 mAh)
7.0 hours or more
Lithium batteries 10.5 hours or more

192 kHz/24-bit 6ch recording to SD card (LINE OUT on, TIME CODE set to Int Free Run, LED/LCD Brightness 60, headphones into 32Ω load, PHANTOM at 48 V):
Alkaline batteries 0.5 hours or more
NiMH batteries (2450
1.5 hours or more
Lithium batteries 3.5 hours or more

1.54″ full-color LCD (240 × 240)

Mass storage operation:
Class USB 2.0 High Speed

Multitrack audio interface operation (driver required for Windows, no driver required for MacOS):
Class USB 2.0 High Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz
Bit Rate 16/24-bit
Channels 6 in/4 out

Stereo mix audio interface operation (no driver required):
Class USB 2.0 Full Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate 16-bit
Channels 2 in/2 out
Note: iOS device audio interface operation supported (stereo mode only)

AIF with Rec operation (driver required for Windows, no driver required for MacOS):
Class USB 2.0 High Speed
Specifications Sampling rate 44.1/48 kHz
Bit Rate 16/24-bit
Channels 8 in/4 out

Power consumption:
10 W

External dimensions:
100 mm (W) x 119.8 mm (D) x 62.9 mm (H)

520 g

Thursday, 16 May 2019 / Published in 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!