What is: Field Recording?

What is: Field Recording?

Exploring the World of Field Recording

Field recording, a term that resonates with sonic adventures beyond the confines of recording studios, unveils a world teeming with auditory wonders.
It entails the art of capturing a diverse array of sounds using an assortment of microphones.
These encompass everything from the symphony of wildlife to ambient environmental tones, resonating voices, and even the intangible hum of electromagnetic fields.

Applications and Techniques

The practice of field recording finds ample utility across domains such as film, television, radio, and music production.
In these creative arenas, the utilization of this technique flourishes, enhancing the authenticity of soundscapes.
Seasoned field recordists harness specialized equipment including portable recording devices and hydrophones, enabling them to seize auditory moments across an array of settings.

Unveiling Soundscapes in Everyday Life

The realm of sonic exploration extends even to the confines of your own living space. Mundane household items—be it the rhythmic churn of a washing machine, the gurgle of a coffee machine, or the creak of a door—can be unveiled as potential sources of captivating sound.
Nature, however, reigns as the ultimate muse, offering an orchestra of organic rhythms that ebb and flow with its ever-changing tapestry.

Diving into the Natural Symphony

Consider the tranquil babbling of a forest stream juxtaposed with the harmonious chorus of avian songbirds.
This harmonious union of sound embodies the very essence required to craft distinct sonic experiences. Urban landscapes, on the other hand, showcase their own auditory treasures, replete with the cacophony of construction sites.
The clank of machinery, when captured and sampled, metamorphoses into pulsating sources that lend depth and resonance to drones and beats.

Shaping Nature's Palette into Kontakt Instruments

These bountiful sources serve as the building blocks for innovative Native Instruments Kontakt librarys. Termed "naturally artificial soundscapes," they undergo a transformative journey.
Expertly processed and refined, they evolve into playable instruments pulsating with dynamic, natural vitality.

Crafting Sonic Excellence

The core of this process involves recording primarily with the Zoom H6 or F6 Field Recorder. Following this, meticulous leveling occurs using Izotope RX10 Advanced, aligning with the EBU R128 recommendation.
To ensure unblemished sound, all recordings undergo a thorough cleansing, ridding them of disruptive impulses.
This step is succeeded by meticulous documentation in line with UCS standards.

From Source to Instrument

Once the blueprint and direction are etched for a new instrument, Native Instruments Kontakt takes center stage.
Here, sounds undergo a metamorphosis—pitched, stretched, compressed, and embellished with a diverse array of effects.
The resultant output embodies a harmonious fusion of raw sonic essence and technological innovation.

A Glimpse of Creativity: Ezcety and Blacksteel

For an auditory revelation, venture into the realm of Ezcety—a Native Instruments Kontakt instrument. Predominantly rooted in natural soundscapes, it artfully intertwines them with synthetic synthesizers.
The result? A stunning auditory tapestry rife with dynamic range, deep pads, and the enigmatic energy of the natural world.

Meanwhile, the captivating collection named Blacksteel beckons with over 200 instruments, each imbued with metallic echoes culled from diverse locales. The clang of factories, the resonating tones of metal canisters, the echoes of barrels and the melancholic creak of rusty doors—all find a harmonious convergence within this captivating assortment.


Field recording stands as a testament to humanity's endeavor to seize the symphony of life itself. Through a harmonious marriage of technology and artistry, it breathes life into inanimate sound, offering a gateway to auditory landscapes that resonate with the pulse of our world.

Zoom H6 Field Recorder

Field Recording in the Forest

Field Recording on the Water

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