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Re: Painting a parabolic dish?

Subject: Re: Painting a parabolic dish?
From: "Randolph S. Little" rsl54442
Date: Mon Oct 2, 2006 7:49 am (PDT)
--- In  "john parks"
<> wrote:
> Was wondering how much it would affect the sound recording quality
> I put a light spray of paint over my dish? The animals I am trying
> record are catching the light off the dish and taking off fast,
> therefore I cannot get into the range I wish to get to get my
> I was thinking about spraying the dish green or black flat or even
> mixture camo type to cut the glare and blend in a bit better. Hard
> sneaking up on animals with a 24" or so plastic glaring dish and
> large handle and mini disc recorder. We are trying to get some fox
> and coyote sounds, along with anything else that catches my
> I was able to get close enough to one to hear him run off, but I
> I can get better if I could just cut some glare off this dish. One
> other thing, what do you guys use to record your sounds to cd if
> do. I used win media player and nero and it sounds ok to me but are
> these programs comressing the sounds even more or is there evevn a
> program that won't do this. I'm thinking burning to cd with
> program would be pretty much the same. All and any suggestions
> be greatly appreciated. BTW I am transferring the sounds from my MD
> to PC with a double male 1/8 jack using audicity ( I think is how
> is spelled). Seems like a nice program. I saved my sounds in wav
> format mono 16 bit 41000hz. Thanks again to all for the past help
> to this point. Also i was even thinking on just sticking panty hose
> over the dish but this could cause recording and tree catching
> problems i Just a thought.

Painting the reflector has negligible effect on its acoustic
performance and has several benefits for natural sound recording.  I
recommend matte splotches of greens and browns, to reduce light
reflectivity and to blend with natural foliage.  I also
recommend "painting" the back of the reflector with a thin layer of
mastic to deaden it against handling noise.  This applies mainly to
aluminum reflectors.  I would not paint a Telinga dish, for example,
but would recommend using a standard gray windscreen, or making a
camo windscreen yourself.  BTW, I regularly use a homemade camo
windscreen on my 36/12 painted aluminum reflector.

Good recording,

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

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