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Diego Stocco created the new DTS Sound Signature by recording milk, lentils and water balloons. The result is a distinct sound signature, a fusio… Read More
Diego Stocco created the new DTS Sound Signature by recording milk, lentils and water balloons. The result is a distinct sound signature, a fusion of sound design and music, that undoubtedly showcases the power of great audio and truly encapsulates the essence of the DTS brand. “At DTS, we’re committed to developing superior sound technologies that make life experiences more emotional and enjoyable for consumers. Diego’s incredible ability to create sounds from entirely unexpected organic materials is simply stunning and representative of the immersive and high-quality audio DTS stands for,” noted Alan Cohen, vice president of marketing at DTS, Inc. Official press release: http://www.dts.com/Corporate/Press_Room/Press_Releases/2011/04/NAB_2011.aspx Read Less
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I had the fantastic opportunity to collaborate again with DTS, Inc., this time to create the new DTS Sound Signature.
For this production I came up with some new recording and sound design techniques I didn't try before.
The video and pictures shows how I was golfing water balloons and extracting massive sounds from milk, lentils and barley.
By the end of the video you'll also see the finished Sound Signature. Enjoy!

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A crate full of water balloons! :  )
Ready to strike the water balloon.
The microphones were so close to the milk that I couldn't avoid getting them hit by the drops, but that's also why I was able to capture such detailed sounds from the milk.
This is the gear I was using to record, a beautiful sounding API 10 slot lunchbox with four 512c Preamps, two 550b EQs and four 527 Compressors. It's when I started to crank up the setting on the EQ and Compressors that I heard that deep sound coming from the milk. It's the spinning sound you can hear at the end of the sound signature. 

Here I was recording the basic harmonic structure of the sound signature.
I like using old pianos because of their unique way of being out of tune, when combined together the result is a fuller and more interesting sound.

This piano is the one I used for many other experiments, the keyboard is gone because I used it when I built the Bassoforte.
Here I was pinching the notes with a plier on the low strings. The harmonics that came out were incredibly beautiful.

Here you can read the press release from DTS.
And here you can see a short extract from one of the presentations I did at the NAB 2011 Show in Las Vegas.