This theme comes courtesy of one of the club’s top contributors and ‘word spreaders’ (I was going to say ‘ambassadors’ but it felt a little transparently Jobsian!), Rene Coronado.
So, seeing as it’s Rene’s choice, here’s his own description of what he’s looking for:
My primary motivation for recording the dogs in the first place was to have a nice bgfx element that can be layered in with other stuff. As such, light traffic noise and other suchwhat are fine in the recordings.
Generally its best if the recordings are made in stereo and at least 3 meters from the dog so that we really get a sense of what they sound like in the environment. I’ve gotten some great stuff from about half a block away.
Often the dogs don’t need to be agitated in any way. Just standing there with a recorder tends to be enough to get them barking.
Single dogs are more useful than groups of dogs – more editable.
I tended to get my recordings just by walking the neighborhood with my D50, and stopping to lean on a tree or pole when one of the dogs started barking. Best time for recording is after dinner, since the dogs are often out in the yard.
Rene has also expanded upon this subject in a post over at his own terrific blog, The Sound My Head Makes. Do check it out for more info on his theme choice.