Toronto Stealth Ambience

Toronto ambience surround recording

Following my recording sessions from New York, Chicago and Philadelphia; I wandered into the city of Toronto in ultra cold winter and snow, I focused mainly on interior public spaces.
It is such a mixed city, with many communities from all around the world.

Arriving in the city was not easy since there was a snow storm all along the road.

Using my SSS Technique (Stealth Surround System),

I finally got into shops, groceries, cafes, undergrounds, malls, subway, streetcars, recreation centers, hotels, …

It’s a long process, where I needed to find the right spot, with good open angles from the variety of sound sources, people, or other noises. Not too close or too far, with good stereo imaging, and a long enough time without disturbances, music, or unwanted noises.

On top of that, it’s always tricky to stay still for few minutes without getting noticed, so it is great to pretend doing something on this particular spot (for example, waiting for someone, or reading something on the phone, or looking at the map, or just being in awe for a supposed touristic landmark). In most cases, the action evolves and people move, so it needs a lot of adaptation on the spot.

It is so rare that the recording unfolds smoothly the way I wish it should. It is a good exercise for nerves, working on patience and tolerance.
And if it doesn’t work in one place maybe it would in another place….

exterior at the zoo …

Miami express ambiences session

Recording some ambiences in Miami Beach Between 2 flights.

There is a wonderful sun out there.

Honing my ninja stealth skills once again!

I got some nice café ambience as I found one that has no music playing there. Lucky day

Stealth Recording in the café. Who knows?


Florida birds singing in the street

Authentic Endless Street Markets in Otavalo

Otavalo Markets

I have strolled around this beautiful mountain town of Otavalo as it offers some remarkable markets on weekends.

I couldn’t go to Ecuador without recording these. I took my surround stealth setup and walked in and out the markets.

First the usual market all around the streets expose some incredible textile artisans. It is a one of the biggest in South America and the stands expands all over the village. It creates this huge rich color palette and reflects on sounds as many people swarm around.

Then, there is the ‘mercado de los animales’, the animal market which is surprising mess of people and animals. With randoms cows bawling, pig shrieking, people shouting… I was so exciting to witness this scenery and record truly authentic and interesting ambiences.


Stealth Recording in the town of Baños

Banos Ecuador

I wandered around the streets of this small touristy village.
It is a really interesting village that is threatened at all time by the neighbor volcano Tungurahua.  I think I walked at least 7 times the same streets throughout all the village since it is pretty small. Some streets are steep and as a result I did a lot of exercise ;-). Without counting that I hiked up the mountain this morning.


All in all I surely walked 18km  today. I haven’t seen a lot of tourist along the way. It is impressive afterwards to think I didn’t feel insecure at any time. A lot of people told me about crimes in South America but it looks that it doesn’t apply to this little town, at least from what I’ve experienced around.

Banos Ecuador

My recorder is packed with interesting Ecuadorian ambiences from the church, the market, the gymnasium, cafes.
For these recordings I chose to record with my Custom Quad Surround Stealth Setup (CQSSS) since I am really akin to translate the immersive aspect.

Banos Ecuador Panorama