Welcome to the group!
Sounds like you're traveling w/ lots of heavy gear, Durand. You might
want to reconsider and cover the trail with something like an Olympus
LS-10 or 11 or a Zoom H4N driven by sets of AA batteries like Volker
Widmann uses, and where a pair in the LS-10 lasts nearly 14 or 15
hours. For mics, carry a couple of DPAs (4060s) or similar idea (like
Sony ECM55Bs, altho these are a bit noisier) =96 omni lavs that can be =
tied around a tree (the diameter of which should be no larger than the
distance between a set of human ears), or clipped to the rim of your
hat or to your shoulders. Total package a bit over 1 lb.
That way you'll travel light and get perfectly great stuff. If you can
find an old B&K 4103 hydrophone and a way to amplify it, that, too, is
really light and has a freq response of out to around 200k.
If you're walking that far, you'll really want to pack light. Those
items will help. A 744, Senns., and a mixer (along with all the other
stuff you gotta carry) is way too much. Write off line if you want
more specifics. Also, Dan Dugan has some great solutions.
On Jun 28, 2011, at 2:08 PM, zen_leprechaun wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm new to this group and excited to have been accepted. I joined
> because I'm having difficulty finding the answer to my question
> elsewhere and all posts seem to lead back to this group. I'm headed
> out next month to hike the John Muir Trail in central California
> (from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney). I am a location sound mixer and
> sound effects editor and am looking to gather some new material
> while I'm on this hike. I'm looking for an answer as to what people
> think might be the best solution for gathering stereo recordings on
> the trail.
> My current location rig (that I take backpacking as well) includes a
> Sound Devices 302 mixer, 744t recorder, 2 Sennheiser 416's, stereo
> mount, and an Aquarian Audio hydrophone (can be cool as a contact
> mic every once in a while).
> I love my 416's but the self noise gets to be really problematic
> when the element I'm trying to record is low (which unfortunately
> kills a lot of what would otherwise be nice bird bg's, etc.). This
> also leads to excessively EQ'ing or denoising the end product, when
> the recording is low, and it really affects the overall depth of the
> recording in a negative way. I've been looking into an MS setup,
> but am curious what people would recommend for this? On the trail
> I'm hoping for a generally dry experience (will of course prep for
> water as needed) but I'm trying to take that into consideration for
> which mics are the best candidate. I've also looked into the
> Telinga parabolic setups (the DATmic Twin Science looked
> particularly intriguing) and am curious if anyone has used those
> Any advice on this dilemma would be greatly appreciated! I look
> forward to sharing some recordings when I get back, and hopefully
> they'll be even better after receiving advice from the experts here
> in the nature recording niche. Thank you for reading this post, and
> in advance for any advice given.
> Durand Trench
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie
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