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Subject: Re: Crossed shotgun stereo rig
From: Marty Michener <>
Date: Sun, 08 Jun 2003 15:33:46 -0400
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 
wind shield.

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.

my best regards,

Marty Michener
MIST Software Associates PO Box 269, Hollis, NH 03049  - Software that migrates with you.


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