the Prepared AK47

by Michael Oster

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Other than a loud BANG what does an AK47 sound like? Well I brought one into the studio to find out. I recorded the sounds of disassembly, striking various parts of the weapon with the cleaning rod, movement of the bolt carrier, dry fires, and more.

Gear used: Sound Devices 702 stereo digital recorder. Matched pair of Earthworks QTC 1 microphones. Edited in Pro Tools, then loaded the resulting samples in an Akai MPC 1000 for playback. I used the MPC's internal effects (delay and reverb) to add some depth.

More on the AK47 used: This weapon is an Arsenal Arms SLR 101s chambered in 7.62 x 39. No live ammunition was used during the recording process and the weapon was safety checked before recording.

* Only the weapon and internal parts of the weapon were used as sound sources:

- bolt action
- cleaning rod striking parts of the receiver and barrel
- dry fire
- recoil spring unit rubbing against weapon
- safety selector
- bolt carrier and bolt against weapon
- varied distances from microphones when recording


released September 12, 2012
Recording, editing, mastering by Michael Oster


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Michael Oster Tampa, Florida

You may not have heard of me, but chances are, you've heard my sounds.

I started my professional career in 1992 and my sounds have appeared in feature film, television, computer games, radio, and lots of other interesting places.

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