Blue Angels F/A-18 Hornets

by soundeziner

It's Seafair in Seattle! That means loud, screaming jets flying overhead for days as the Blue Angels practice and then perform daring stunts over Lake Washington. Seattleites alternately love and love hating this annual event. Me? I just want to make the best of it. Grab the microphones!
I've never recorded jet passes before and had no idea what expect. I learned a few things:
1) They're loud (obvious). SO loud, in fact, that following them with a shotgun mic is easier done wearing headphones for protection, but with the headphones level off.
2) The planes themselves have an extremely wide dynamic range depending on the speed the pilots fly them at, making it possible for them to sneak up on you if you lose track of where they are
3) Keep the boom still. Nothing ruins a good pasty like turning it into a steady shot. Also, doppler is based on relative radial speed - following the plane with the mic decreases that speed and lessens or distorts the doppler. Next year: stationary mic.
4) Even when screaming jets are flying DIRECTLY over head and you are staring at them and following them with a microphone, curious bystanders will inquire, "Whatcha recording?"

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It's Seafair in Seattle! That means loud, screaming jets flying overhead for days as the Blue Angels practice and then perform daring stunts over Lake Washington. Seattleites alternately love and love hating this annual event. Me? I just want to make the best of it. Grab the microphones!
I've never recorded jet passes before and had no idea what expect. I learned a few things:
1) They're loud (obvious). SO loud, in fact, that following them with a shotgun mic is easier done wearing headphones for protection, but with the headphones level off.
2) The planes themselves have an extremely wide dynamic range depending on the speed the pilots fly them at, making it possible for them to sneak up on you if you lose track of where they are
3) Keep the boom still. Nothing ruins a good pasty like turning it into a steady shot. Also, doppler is based on relative radial speed - following the plane with the mic decreases that speed and lessens or distorts the doppler. Next year: stationary mic.
4) Even when screaming jets are flying DIRECTLY over head and you are staring at them and following them with a microphone, curious bystanders will inquire, "Whatcha recording?"