Hi, I’m Brett Buddin, a software engineer and sound recordist in New York City.
I’ve worked professionally as a software engineer for over 15 years and specialize in distributed systems. Most of the software I manage with these days is written in Go or Rust.
I build audio tools in my free time. Most of my projects are experimental, but I do publish generally useful work on occassion. Notable among these are QUARK and Shaden.
In recent years my lifelong interest in sound has developed into a regular practice of deep listening through field recording. In 2020 I started publishing these recordings as a podcast called Phonogrifter. My recording equipment choices are largely budget constrained, but that’s helped my kit remain minimal and portable.
- Sound Devices MixPre 6 II is my primary recorder. It lives in a K-Tek Stingray MixPro bag at all times.
- Sony PCM-A10 is a more portable option when I can’t carry a full sound bag with me. The built-in microphones are a bit noisy, but it pairs nicely with a set of 3.5mm Clippy microphones for a lightweight kit.
- iPhone 12 Mini with Just Press Record when all else fails, because it’s always there.
- Clippy EM272 as an omnidirectional stereo pair for ambiances and quiet sounds.
- sE Electronics sE7 as a cardioid stereo pair to focus on more distant sources.
- Rode NTG4 shotgun for more noisy outdoor situations or I need the most directionality.
- Crank Stergeon Contact Microphones are used to capture vibrations in materials and structures.
- A few of homemade microphones using Primo capsules.
I’ve settled on Rycote for windjammers and shock mounting, and I have a small collection of custom cables from Event Horizon & Services.