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Re: RFI: Microphone for recording 360 degrees of sound

Subject: Re: RFI: Microphone for recording 360 degrees of sound
From: Doug Von Gausig <>
Date: Tue, 02 Sep 2003 10:18:08 -0700
At 06:31 AM 9/2/2003, Jim Hully wrote:
>Let me start by saying I know very little about microphones but do know
>that this is the place to get the best advice. Next month I will be
>visiting my favorite habitat, the rain forests of South America. The
>sounds of the forest are very evocative and I want to make a set of long
>recording so that on those cold New England evenings I can image I'm back=

>in the rain forest.
>I have a Sennheiser shotgun mic for my video but by it's very nature is
>not designed for capturing sounds from 360 degrees. My recording unit is a=

>Sony minidisc which is primarily for my birding. I know I should be using=

>something better (the new Marantz PMD670 is on my list for Santa) but I
>have so much other field gear (for birding, photography and video!).
>Can someone suggest a good microphone which is easily portable (i.e. fits=

>in a pocket), can work with a minidisc and higher end recording units. It=

>would make sense to have some form of support like a mini tripod so I can

Which Sennheiser shotgun do you have? If it's one of the "ME-" types that
use a K-6 powering module, I'd just add an ME-62 capsule to it and use that=

Otherwise I'd consider an ME-62 with the K-6 module for mono recordings.
For stereo the new Rode NT-4 seems to be getting favorable reviews. My
favorite in the rain forest is a set of binaurals (they needn't be
expensive) used to record ambience as I walk through a particularly rich
sonic environment (there are so many on the rain forest).

I never use a support for my mics (I know, I'm a heathen) - I just lay the=

mic down in such a way as to minimize handling noise and reflection from
any solid surface. I like to travel with the least possible encumbrance,
especially in a rain forest.

Doug Von Gausig
Clarkdale, Arizona, USA
Nature Recordists e-mail group

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