I will try and remember it is you in future!
Sorry the old brain erases the odd bits now and again!
--- John Hartog <> wrote:
> Thanks Phil,
> That would be me. "Tree Ears" is my own trademark
> for some of the
> microphone mounting and windscreen systems that I
> have invented.
> The idea however, for mounting omni laveliers to the
> side of a tree is
> not my own. I first got the idea several years ago
> from Paul Matzner
> at a Nature Sounds Society event. Paul likely got
> the idea from Bernie
> Krause who has been using the technique for years. I
> like to call the
> technique Bernie Binaural.
> Many examples of my recordings, including ones made
> with wl-183s and
> Tree Ears, can be found on the Sound Journal page of
> my website
> www.rockscallop.org. There are also a couple pages
> with descriptions
> of a couple of gear setups. I have not found much
> time for web
> maintenance, so I apologize that my site is still
> pretty rough.
> The wl-183s work great with plug-in-power, but you
> will need a cable
> modification or an additional adapter cable. Not to
> hard to DIY, but
> some soldering experience would be helpful.
> Wl-183's are not quiet enough for some nature
> recording, but can do a
> great job in certain applications. Besides
> quasi-binaural, they also
> work great in a parabolic dish. That reminds me of
> an unfinished
> project I must get back to.
> John Hartog
> --- In Philip
> <> wrote:
> > Omni's are good, especially for ambiance
> recordings, giving quite
> natural stereo sound so something like the WL183's
> work very well. I
> can't remember who it was who first used the term
> 'tree ears' but
> someone on this group who uses the Shure WL183's a
> lot, and I
> apologies for not remembering their name, has made
> some excellent
> recordings using this method. Basically he attach's
> his WL183's on
> either side of a tree, the tree acting a bit like a
> dummy head, and he
> has made some really nice recordings using this
> method. Another
> recording he made was of a stream where the WL183's
> were put on rocks
> near or in the water, the mic's being above water
> :-)), I really liked
> that one. They can also be used to capture bird song
> I have some small
> omni's I made out of Panasonic electret capsules and
> have clipped
> these to branches of a tree and then run a long
> cable, about 12
> meters, connected my recorder and sat down and
> recorded. It's amazing
> what you can get using
> > this method.
> > So if money was tight then the WL183's would be a
> good option, but
> if you use them with something like the Fostex
> FR2-LE you will need to
> make a Plug In Power supply for them, the FR2-LE
> supplies 'phantom
> power'. This is very easy and requires a couple of
> capacitors and a
> couple of resistors and a battery.
> > Going up in price there are the AT3032's another
> microphone that performs very well. Although bigger
> you could use them
> in similar ways by adapting the method to suit the
> size of the mic.
> Again some very fine recordings have been made with
> these microphones
> by members of this group. These are phantom powered
> so would work with
> the FR2-LE with no problem.
> > Now I am not sure on the pricing of these but soon
> to be released on
> the market by Telinga are the EM23's, I believe they
> are called that.
> These are again small omni's similar to the Shure
> WL183's but have
> much better noise figures. It may be that these
> could even be
> configured to run on phantom power. I am waiting for
> these as they
> seem to tick all the right boxes for me, small,
> sound good, omni and
> low self noise.
> > Going up in price again would be the Sennheiser
> K6/ME62, yes more
> expensive, but the K6 module can have alternative
> capsules put on it
> like the ME66 short gun mic for instance.
> > I think that about covers it for the 'cheaper' end
> of the omni market.
> > Don't forget have a look on ebay as you can get
> some real bargains.
> I picked up two Sennheiser K6/ME66 microphones for
> about half price,
> one was from the UK and my second came from the USA
> and actually
> worked out slightly cheaper than the one I got here,
> including taking
> into account the shipping charge and import duty
> from the USA!
> > It would appear that initially from new they seem
> to drop quite a
> bit, then as second hand then they appear to hold
> their price.
> > I did a quick check on prices, now as I am from
> the UK so I am not
> sure about sales tax so this may need to be added or
> not. Sweetwater
> do a pair of AT3032's for $340 and B&H Photo do the
> Fostex FR2-LE for
> $599 making $939.
> > The K6/ME66 from B&H Photo would set you back $700
> for a pair. While
> a pair of WL183's from B&H Photo would seem to be
> > I hope that helps you.
> > Phil
> > ----- Original Message ----
> > From: paulmcnelis <>
> > To:
> > Sent: Saturday, 1 September, 2007 12:42:45 AM
> > Subject: [Nature Recordists] Am I looking for
> omnidirectional or not?
> > Hello everyone,
> > As I continue to do my homework, I am finding out
> that the WL183's are
> > omnidirectional. And omnidirectional is great for
> true stereo imaging
> > in 360. Sounds great. But is this good for ALL
> nature sounds - from
> > forest ambience to babbling brooks to bird calls
> to buzzing bees?
> > Or in order to capture all of these sounds, will a
> shotgun mic like the
> > ME66 serve my purpose?
> > Or can the NT4 suffice as well?
> > In order to pinpoint the type of microphone I
> need, I need to figure
> > out what omnidirectional is better for and what
> shotgun is better for.
> > Whichever type is better for ALL sounds, I would
> appreciate your advice!
> > Thanks again! I think I have decided on the
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