Faster Carlo! Run! Run! Run! Record! Record! Record!

This post is part of a series called One Year in Sound by sound designer Carlo Ascrizzi.

The field recording courses are probably the funniest in Term 1: at the very beginning you start using your own portable recorder to capture your first group of sounds around the campus. It’s your practice to discover and analyze the good points for the portable recording gears and their limitations, how the environment affects your recordings and also how to start a RAW session and master the records for delivering to the editor.

Recording session

The final assignment is cool: you have few days to run around the city and capturing 20 field sounds of your own choice. You need specifically 5 sounds for each of the following categories:

  • internal backgrounds
  • external backgrounds
  • Foley
  • sound effects.

At this point you’ve already started using professional gears and now that you’ve just learned cool stuff on sound field recording, you are ready for your first Recording Field Trip.The school changes destination (Mission) for every new Term 1 class. This time the destination is the Print Shop in Granville Island, a very characteristic place in Vancouver. You got your gears, your shopping list and you are ready to run on the road!


The mission is to capture sound with the best quality possible from some cool vintage printing presses!

Here the result of my work, I hope you enjoy my Printing press set.

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Carlo Ascrizzi

Contributor at sounDesign
Freelance sound design and music artist Carlo Ascrizzi creates original sonic contents for film, animations, multimedia and beyond. From brand commissions to experimental collaborations, his work has reached international multimedia arts festivals, film award nominations and digital arts magazines. An all-round creative, tireless traveller, Carlo is also the author of SounDesign's beloved series One Year In Sound.


  1. Hi Carlo,

    May I ask you why not in multichannel?

    I am using a TetraMic with R44 in Ambisonics and I was working in stereo in the past, I can assure you that the step forward I did some years ago it has been a good decision… plus I can also decode the A-Format in stereo, just in case… my two cents,,,
    All the best, keep up your great work, ciao


  2. Hey Luigi,

    Thanks for your comment.
    Your approach is really interesting! Something that i wanna try..
    Anyway we had to record in stereo for that assignment. Later in the year there are several chances to use more recording technics.
    Thanks and let’s keep in touch!

  3. Hi Carlo,

    I’m eagerly reading (again) all of the “One Year in Sound” articles since I’m pondering VFS as my next (and final) sound designer formation step.

    Luigi mentioned Ambisonics and I’d like to know if that is going to be part of the course at VFS.

    Please and Thank You


  4. Hi Aner,

    Glad to know you are reading the full story (again 😀 ). I really hope it helps you decide your next step.
    The Ambisonics was not part of my course but I know they update the curriculum time by time, so maybe in the near future..
    Thank you for your comment and let’s keep in touch.


  5. Hey Carlo,

    I read it twice already, it does help indeed 😉

    Ambisonics: I really hope they’d update the curriculum to include it soon-ish. A school such as VFS really should. Even though I reckon that Dolby technologies are still preferred to reflect the market.

    Thank you again.

    Let’s keep in touch indeed.


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