recording speech while Skydiving

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by wingnut_peter, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. wingnut_peter

    wingnut_peter Member

    Feb 6, 2014
    Hi all, I am new around here.
    First a quick who am I.
    I work for a local radio station in Queensland Australia, I am the Drive producer. I have always worked in sound somehow or another, growing up I taught guitar at the local music store.

    My question is, I am fairly new to recording sound outdoors, and wind is becoming a real pain in the backside.

    Just to make things a lot more difficult, my host is going skydiving in a couple months for a promotion, and we want to record an interview while free falling from 14,000 feet.

    I am guessing the only option would be to use a lavalier microphone strapped to his chest under the jump suit. He is able to have my Zoom H6 in a bumbag so that is not a problem.
    But I have not had much luck with this in the past in just windy conditions, let alone falling from 14,000 feet.

    I was hoping some might be able to suggest the best lavalier microphone for extreme wind? Can you get a blimp system for lavalier microphones?

    My next option is I jump with him with my Rode NTG2 and blimp system, but I dont like the chances of being able to stick close enough for an interview the full free fall.

    Any of your help would be much appreciated.

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Staff

    Mar 20, 2000
    BC, Canada
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    This sounds like to total rush, how exciting. It sounds like you should contact RODE themselves as I don't know anyone in my 38 years of pro audio that ever did this.

    Please keep us updated!
    Also - Picks and audio as well as what you choice is welcome!!
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Quality recording seeker ! Distinguished Member

    Feb 21, 2013
    Quebec, Canada
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    A lavalier would'nt be my choice. A headset mic would be better since it's closer to the mouth. But even then, the intense wind might win!
    So maybe a headset behind a fullface helmet..? Hey I think some motorcycle helmet include a mic.... That's my best bet !!
  4. paulears

    paulears Well-Known Member

    Feb 7, 2014
    Lowestoft - UK
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    If you're going to pre-record the jump, why not re-voice it. It's done all the time on interviews from open cockpit aircraft, and they fly much slower than your 120mph free fall speed! You could try to source a throat mic - which will be immune to the wind - but franky they sound pretty horrible. The only thing you could do would be to consider a full face mask, which is much quieter inside, or perhaps bodge up an air force type oxygen mask mouthpiece that you could fit the mic into - but I'd record the wind noise, then re-voice it back at the radio station and don't tell people. Understandable audio rather than shreaks. On my first jump, quite a few years ago, I remember being incapable of making any sound at all for quite a while - too exciting to articulate sense!
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