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Subject: Mobile Soundscape? was Re: starling vs cowbird gang fight? Bicycle
From: "stoatwizard" stoatwizard
Date: Wed Jul 12, 2006 12:37 am (PDT)
--- In  "tk7859" <> wrote:
> I wonder if any member of this group has tried recording whilst
> I assume some form of cardioid mic is needed to suppress the noises of
> the bicycle and the rider.

I tried just that, with a Marantz ECM8 single point stereo mic,
suspended in crossed rubber bands inside a peanut feeder with a sock
over it. Heck, I'm not subjecting my Sennehisers to the vibration of a
bike :)

It was a dismal failure. The mic works okay when still, but the rumble
of the road is about 20dB up on the wanted signal. I was after the
sound of sparrows (I'm in the UK, they belong here, fwiw) in the old
hedge either side of the cycle path. You get a clearer view of
territory and the interplay between individuals as a cyclist, but the
moving recording was a wipeout - you can hear it on

Sparrows are wary - if you stop and try and record them they tend to
shut up, though looking intently at the opposite hedge and pointing the
mic behind you can sometimes work :)

I'm going to give it a go with some OKMII binaurals today but I think
wind noise will kill them.

I'm not some sort of hard nut cyclist either - I cycle along at a
paltry 8-9mph as I'm doing it for transport not competition.

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