Category Archive for 'Technical Talk'

Recently, we had two nature sound friends visit us from the US; Dan Dugan and Sharon Perry of the Nature Sounds Society. A lovely opportunity for chatting, good food, wine, a stroll in the bush, and of course recording and comparing of microphone rigs. It was their first time in Australia, hearing magpies, fairy wrens […]

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. It is always a pleasure to speak before a curious audience about soundscapes, nature and birdsong. Last Friday I was invited to talk in Dunkeld by the local Landcare group, and premiered my a presentation: ‘Soundscapes through the Seasons’, showing how our local natural soundscapes change over the course of the year. After all […]

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Sound in nature often comes from every direction. It usually encompasses a 360ยบ horizon of distant sounds, to which can be added closer sources above; birds in flight or calling in the tree canopy overhead. So it can be conceived of simplistically as a dome of sound, only in certain circumstances presenting anything from the […]

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The African landscape is dominated by big animals; wildebeest, zebra, elephant, lions – the animals people come from all over the world to see. For me as a nature sound recordist, they posed both an opportunity and a huge problem. How was I going to record them? How could I record anything else with them […]

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LS11 vs SASS/MKH20s Environmental Ambience Recording Comparison by Listening Earth I’m really no tech-head when it comes to equipment, I just choose the best gear I can to make our nature recordings. Tweet

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To make the best nature recordings we use a customised microphone setup. We utilise a SASS, or Stereo Ambient Sampling System, to capture the directional relationships between sounds in the landscape, giving a lovely stereo field and deep sense of space. Tweet

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I have been recording nature sounds professionally since 1993. I recall that when I was about 10 years old, a friend and I went off to a local park armed with a cheap portable cassette recorder. We managed to record a Wattlebird screeching from a few yards away and returned with much excitement to listen […]

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Robin on my Microphone by Listening Earth Often I leave my microphones ambiently recording in the forest, mounted on a tripod. I go off exploring, leaving the mics and the birdlife alone for a while. It is only later when I listen back to the recording that I find out what adventures my microphones have […]

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