Amateur rockets. When you first hear those words, an image of little Jimmy in the backyard launching a tiny rocket comes to mind. Forget little Jimmy and, instead, imagine adults building high-powered rockets in their free time and launching them in remote locations. The rockets come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and are remarkably sophisticated considering NASA is not involved in their production. From ignition, to launch, to misfire, to misadventure in mid-air, these rockets pretty much rule.
The rocket engine sizes are rated by letters. The largest rocket I saw was an “M,” but there were also a lot of “J”s and “K”s. There is a tremendous diversity of sound within those rocket types. These recordings could be the basis of weapon sounds, launch sounds for vehicles, as well as many other things.
I recorded these rockets on two separate occasions. The first session was in Plaster City, California, where temperatures soared to over 100 degrees Fahrenheit before noon. The second session occurred in Pine Island, New York on an onion farm.
One of the biggest challenges when recording rockets is battling the high SPL and developing strategies to overcome it. Before I did any recordings, I went to a launch and spent half a day just listening. For safety reasons, I knew couldn’t be at the pads during launch, so coming prepared was extremely important.
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I recorded most of the rockets from several different perspectives using the following microphones:
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ROCKETS HI-RES $70
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