Outdoor recording tips welcome

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by GentleG, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Hi all,

    Last week I recorded an old school jazz band, I know them well
    Sax/clarinet, piano, bass, guitar/banjo, drums/congo

    But this time they played outside,
    lovely warm evening, but
    occassionally some wind
    recorded ortf with pair oktava mk012 card

    result: distortion when there was some wind
    next time I want to do better, or cancel the recording if they're playing outside again

    anyone suggestions for outdoor accoustic recording?

    Thanks & cheers

    my mics:
    • 2 Rode NT1A
      4 Oktava mk012-03
      3 Shure SM57lc
      1 Shure Beta52A
      1 Shure SM58
      1 Sennheiser MD 421N
      1 Sennheiser MD 421-II
      1 Sennheiser MD 431-II
      2 Sennheiser MD 441u
      1 Beyer M99
      1 Beyer M260N
  2. audioangel

    audioangel Active Member

    May 27, 2009
    really good wind gags!

    what is the purpose of recording them outdoors? for prosperity or do they want to sell the recordings?
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    I've done a LOT of outdoor recordings. I can honestly say, I HATE doing them, but I get a decent amount of business from them. When I do record them, I try to use omnis where possible since they're not as succeptible to wind noise. However, cardioids work just fine with good wind filters. In general, wind screens are rated for different wind speeds. The average ones will help with winds up to around 5 MPH. Higher end ones can get significantly higher but they become greatly more expensive.

    For most purposes, 5 MPH wind screens work just fine and can be had for very little money. Markertek sells these for only a few bucks a piece.

  4. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2004
    Philadelphia, PA/ Greenville, DE
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    For what you're describing, I'd do close mics as well, along with the stereo pair. You're just not going to get the right amount gain-before-wind, otherwise.

    Another trick I picked up after all my other winds screens left me wanting more was wool socks from the Walking Shoe Company. I get the black, double-lined wool/cotton blend walking socks and put 'em right over the whole body of the mic. Saved my butt several times on choirs mics and other outdoor orchestral madness in the wind. Very little hi-freq loss as well. I keep a pair with my outdoor kit (58's and things) and break 'em out whenever it gets windy.
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Mar 20, 2008
    currently Billings
    Nice tip!
  6. GentleG

    GentleG Guest



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