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Help with Mics Recording Nature Sounds

Hi Folks,

I'm just beginning a project with nature sounds of Rain Forestry,
and I would like so much to hearing you about best choices
with Mics and Preamps.

The sounds are from birds, animals, rivers, falls, etc.

I have thinking, go with Earthworks QTC40s and TC30s, 9098 Preamps.
But get also Neumanns U87 and AKGs 414, maybe a D112 to some low harmonics source possible...

Somebody here with experience in capture nature sound?

Please, give me your opinion!

Thank you very much!



RemyRAD Tue, 10/17/2006 - 11:07
Although you can use those lovely studio microphones outdoors, I highly DON'T recommend it. Why? Because they're studio microphones not outdoor microphones.

I think you would be better suited with a short shotgun/directional microphones with a blimp/furry windscreen, such as used in outdoor movie/TV and News production. The small capsule of the shotgun microphones makes for better off axis sound pickup, strangely enough. Whereas the large diaphragm condenser microphones have many more problems trying to capture and reproduced off axis sounds, without sounding cloudy. So my recommendation is to use what is designed infrequently utilized in outdoor situations. And no, you don't have to have the microphone on a boom pole, it can be handheld or on a standard microphone tripod stand.

Outdoorsy type
Ms. Remy Ann David