At 03:07 PM 6/8/2003 -0400, you wrote:
>How much wind can this rig handle?
>How to windscreen such a rig is where I'm stumped. Still working it out
>for my MKH-816's.
No better than the simple wind screen on the mics that you buy for $40 with
each mic, I am afraid.
I generally handle wind with modifications _to_my_own_behavior_. I move or
I avoid it, where possible.
I find by lowering the mic location toward the ground pointing upward, into
a slight hollow, or behind my body or a tree, or by just moving so I can
point the mic straight up or down wind - I minimize the mic-vortex noises,
hoping to find a clear aiming shot to the sound source.
With a parabola, of course, you can often use the body of the parabola as a
We have also posted before a lot of stuff on wind sounds BESIDES those
created by moving air vortices at the microphone - leaf noise especially -
that limits the quality of many sounds you get during windy conditions.
In Monteverde, Costa Rica, while I was there on two trips for a total of 7
days, there was never any real calm time. You really had to get creative
to get close to a sound source, yet have your mics pointed at a relatively
silent background - treeless if possible to avoid the ubiquitous
leaf-noise. With Bell-birds, the sound is among the loudest air-borne
avian vocalizations, so almost anywhere will do. With the Catharus and
Myadestes thrushes, I am afraid, most of mine do have a "roar" in the b.g.
typical of mountain forests - especially my recordings of C. fuscater and
C. aurantiirostris and M. genibarbis in Jamaica and St. Lucia!
For me, wind is part of the "rush" of these habitats, however, he said
So Walt, keep us posted on any solutions you come up with - yours are
usually the best anyway.
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