Originally Posted by Archaea
I wonder what frequency (Hz) the sound of that .50 cal is even centered on? It'd be fun to try to capture it with a mic - even at distance to see if the sound could be somewhat adequately recorded cleanly. Maybe like the Danley fireworks recording of yesteryear.
If anyone has any neat info or recording attempts on this - post em up!
Your post reminded me of the Zoom F6 that I was kicking the tires on a few months ago. With dual ADCs / floating 32-bit recordings it almost makes clipping impossible and setting the gain is actually DISABLED vs 24-bit because of the dynamic range it allows, rendering the gain effectively useless.
Watch this view that helps show the crazy amounts of leeway you get with this approach.
Now, even with all that, if you paired that device with, say, an AKG 300B, that will net you only(?!) about 131 decibels of dynamic range. Do what Luke said though, back off a few feet, and then turn it up an additional 20-30 decibles at home (That's most people's noise floor anyway), and you'd get pretty close to your experience. LOL
Of course there are companies that make even higher-end recording devices if you're trying to capture the sound without distortion. Here's a company that sells mics that capture sound up to nearly 200 decibels! (That's not the total dynamic range, but the amount of pressure it can take) Yes, in that range you'd die pretty quickly.