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Microphones, High Wind, and Rain

Subject: Microphones, High Wind, and Rain
From: Eric Benjamin <>
Date: Tue, 7 Feb 2006 14:29:05 -0800 (PST)
The following paper was presented at the 119th Audio
Engineering Society Convention this past fall.  I
thought some of the folks on this list might be
interested, so I have included the abstract.  If
anyone would like to read the paper but doesn't have
access to AES materials, feel free to contact me

Microphones, High Wind, and Rain
=97Eddy B. Brixen, DPA Microphones A/S, Aller=F8d,
Denmark and EBB-consult, Sm=F8rum, Denmark
In outdoor recording, high wind and rain are generally
a problem as this causes unwanted noise
in the microphone signal. In order to prevent noise,
the microphones can be protected from the weather by
using windjammers, windscreens, etc. However, the
effectiveness of these products varies significantly
and full specifications characterizing maximum wind
speed permitted, wind attenuation, spectral damping,
influence by rain, etc., are seldom given. In this
paper an overview of the problems involved in the
specification of microphone systems for outdoor
recording is given. It proposes measurements and a
form of presentation that might provide more
informative specifications.
Convention Paper 6624


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