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Re: [Nature Recordists] First recording

Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] First recording
Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 13:58:14 +0100

      > I have uploaded my first recording, a compilation of some recent

> evening recordings made at Bix nature reserve near Henley, UK.

> It is about 25 mins long so dip in and out as you please, any

> advice/comments are very welcome.


I've had a good listen and you've got some nice stuff there. The

stereo is "open" and the reverberation good. I'm using directional

gunmics and they tend to kill the atmosphere if care is not taken.

I'm wary of filtering as I like to hear a natural ambience but I used

my favourite bass roll-off on Audacity (code below) and it did clean

it up without losing too much natural ambience. Bass cuts also make it

much easier to edit without jumps. With Audacity you can easily do a

slow cross fade edit between tracks.

I'm particularly interested in the Muntjak as I haven't found as good

a "sample" recording as yours. Did you have a sighting or a

confirmation of the species? I've got Red and Roe here and strongly

suspect a Muntjak, but they are not easy to pin down, especially as

clearly as your recording. How far away was it on estimate?

I always maintain that the art of wildlife recording is in organising

the wildlife in front of the mic, but you seem to have cracked that

one. :-)


David Brinicombe

North Devon, UK

Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce

Audacity 1.3 equalization codes:

Search for EQCurves.xml and open in text editor

<curve name=3D"HPF800-2-4-6">

  <point f=3D"20.000000000000" d=3D"-26.000000000000"/>

  <point f=3D"200.000000000000" d=3D"-6.000000000000"/>

  <point f=3D"400.000000000000" d=3D"-2.000000000000"/>

  <point f=3D"800.000000000000" d=3D"0.000000000000"/>

  <point f=3D"22049.000000000000" d=3D"0.000000000000"/>


Note the rounded curve to prevent colouration. Dashed numbers are

slopes in dB/octave.

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