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RE: recording owl vocalizations

Subject: RE: recording owl vocalizations
From: "Martyn Stewart" <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2005 23:05:38 -0700
The mini disk should fit the bill alright and you would certainly be able to
upload your recordings to your computer and software. 
If your budget is tight, consider the K6/ME66 combination made by
The ME66 would be a better mic for the long distant calls but you will not
be able to record them in stereo unless you use two mics. A stereo recording
will help you separate the calls much better in an analyzing program. To
start off with though, your choice would be a fair combination of mic and
minidisk. At least with the K6 power supply that you need with the ME66, you
can buy the cardioid version (ME64) and this too will run with the K6.


Martyn Stewart
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-----Original Message-----
 On Behalf Of wahpenayo
Sent: Friday, June 24, 2005 10:43 PM
Subject: [Nature Recordists] recording owl vocalizations

I'm working on a study of barred owls in SW Washington and have begun 
to record their vocalizations. I want to upgrade my equipment (not 
hard to do) to get quality recordings, eventually to do comparison 
analysis of their calls. I am looking at the Sony MZNH1 Hi Minidisc 
Recorder, which fits my budget.

I am unsure what kind of microphone would work best. Right now I have 
a ~$40 Radio Shack cardioid mic. There are all kinds of recording 
situations that I will have to deal with. Sometimes the owls are very 
close (20 feet) sometimes 1/4 mile or more away. I want to be able to 
record a pair doing a duet, even when they are on both sides of me.

I have been thinking that another cardioid mic of better quality 
would be the best overall mic, and at sometime in the future get a 
shotgun mic for distant calls.

So right now I am looking at the Sony NH1 and a Sennheiser ME64 
cardioid mic. Can anyone tell me if this is the right choice to begin 
with, and will the recordings be good enough to run through digital 
analysis software?

Thanks for any help.

Bob Pearson
Packwood, Washington

"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg 
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