Best preamp/mic combo for recording outer space?

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by Clueless, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. Clueless

    Clueless Guest

    I'm working on a classified project for NASA to evaluate the possibility of detecting, remotely, whether it is possible to detect, the sound of a tree falling in a forest on earth from outer space. The classified orbital height will be 262,000 miles, embedded in a classified location on a large orbital body code-named "luna" (don't tell anybody!).

    I was thinking about using a Shure M58 feeding a new Mackie Onyx desk. Then, for gain, building a daisy chain (I love daisies, that reminds me of a song...daisy, daisy, ...) building a daisy chain whereby the output of one channel is fed into the *MIC* input of the next channel, and so forth, until there are 1000dB of gain (16 times 60 dB). Would this combination work? I chose it because every conference room has Shure Mics and Mackie mixers. And I read that Mackie preamps are the best bang for the buck (a Federal, NASA, and Government requirement, not to mention regulation, for processing the bid procurement process for procuement).

    Or would I have better results with a different Mic and Preamp? Maybe a Ribbon mic and a bunch of Avalon preamps? Or just one Avalon preamp (I've heard they are very good)? I don't know if I can use a Condenser mic--condensation turns to ice during launch, and that can impact the integrity of the foam insulation, leading to a loss of foam integrity, denigration of outer body beyond design and test specifications, leakage of hull properties, and ultimately, severe structural hull malfunction of purpose. So maybe I shouldn't use a condenser mic.

    Anyway, I have to make a recommendation TODAY! So!! Please!!! Help!!!! Me!!!!!
  2. pmolsonmus

    pmolsonmus Well-Known Member

    Jun 23, 2003
    Behringer has a brand new product line out for this very purpose. It looks just like the Avalon but comes equipped with a 1000db pad with 8 (count 'em) different mic simulation patterns including cardoid, hypercardoid, omni, figure 8, polar, lunar, autumnal and vernal. The great thing is its only $185 USD. It is slated for release today. It comes rackmountable and the ad says you're guaranteed pro results!

  3. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Space sucks.
  4. David French

    David French Well-Known Member

    Jun 19, 2002
  5. djui5

    djui5 Guest

    I think Pre-sonus would be best....they inflate their spec's so much that reaching space height shouldn't be a problem....
  6. bgavin

    bgavin Guest

    Somebody here (Gaff?) mentioned a rig suitable for recording cricket farts... that sounds like a likely candidate.
  7. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    Another solution is to use a really long mic cable, but you'll doubtless lose a lot of high end.
  8. blackbox

    blackbox Guest

    I agree. Impedance, impedance. Think wireless here. And to conform to traditions of govt waste, you should try the new Digidesign "Halliburton" ICON. It's 16 channels of a Pro Control midi-interface desgised as a real-live totally-awesome faux console that cost a kee-razy amount of money!!!. It has KNOBS!!!! It's awesome!! No, it's DAW-sum!!! Plus it's personally autographed by Dick Cheney. As I only see G W Bush speaking into Shure 57, America's first choice in microphones, my chain would start there. 57, launched into orbit, transmitting thru a Nady wireless to your mothership, into a real live toob preamp like the bee ringer soopertoob deluxe ($29.99 at your local Radio Shack), from there I'd really smack it with a Distressor on "Nuke" to bring up the cosmic ambience (thinks about it , isn't outer space just a really big room, and "Nuke" is for room sounds, sayso in the damn manual if you don't believe me , well it does) into my Halliburton ICON where I'll process it silly with some awesome-dawsum plugin magic and feel cool pushing faux knobs and faders. I'm so jealous. You're gonna have so much fun. Really.
  9. Sebatron

    Sebatron Well-Known Member

    Dec 22, 2002
    how are you guys gonna get that diaphram to move seeing there's no air out there? :?
  10. realdynamix

    realdynamix Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2001
    :lol: I gotta little tire compressor in my trunk, saved my butt many times. Will this help? I dunno how long the battery will last but it should put some air up there...I've never been there like you guy's, but I'd like to go sometime. :)

  11. blackbox

    blackbox Guest

    It's really not that important if the diaphragm moves or not. It's more about herculean efforts, Americans working together to fight terror, and spending lots of dough. If the diaphragm moves, great, if not, well then at least we attempted something noble and Digidesign made a lot of money. It's bigger than me and you. Think inside the box. Think digi.

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