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Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] A not so great first session with AT4022 += Fostex FR2-LE
From: chrishails50 <>
Marc I would not be too ashamed of your recordings they were pretty good to=
 my ears. Long-distance traffic rumble and other human noise is the enemy o=
f us all, and if you get away from the cars just wait until a plane goes ov=
er. I record a lot in mountanous areas and I try to use "sound shadows" to =
reduce the effect of anthropogenic noise but it is hard (especially with lo=
w frequencies) and nature usually doesn't cooperate. As someone else here s=
tated, skillfull use of an EQ later is the best option. I use the parametri=
c equaliser in Adobe Audition.

Interesting how confusing the trims are on the FR2LE, you'd think Fostex wo=
uld explain ! I use that machine a huge amount and I have followed advice p=
icked up from this group about 3 years ago - I set the trims at about 75-80=
% then don't touch them - I find they are pain to get well balanced (left/r=
ight)and have made my own mark on them with paint, then I use the main gain=
 to adjust recording levels (I am normally a hunter-gatherer using a parabo=
la so my input signals may be stronger than a static rig).

Thanks for the interesting gearslutz discussion Luiz, good to know other gr=
oups are equally confused - I have no clue on the electronic side of things=


--- In  Luiz do Carmo <> wrote:
> As Fostex's manual doesn't give clear knowledge on how these level/trim c=
ontrols work, I've been following the advices I've found at gearlutz and it=
's been working fine so far. The comment by "mathieujm" is the method I fol=
> Here is the link:
> Luiz
> ________________________________
> From: mrmarcanderson <>
> To: 
> Sent: Friday, September 16, 2011 7:10 PM
> Subject: [Nature Recordists] A not so great first session with AT4022 + F=
ostex FR2-LE
> =C2=A0
> Last week I was eager to take my new kit out for the first time - 2 x AT4=
022's & a Fostex FR2-LE, in this DIY parallel boundary array http://marcand= so despite t=
he slightly windy day, I visited Cattai National Park to the north west of =
> I was a bit disappointed with the results mainly due to the wind noise & =
other unwanted background noises like cars etc. It looks like I am going to=
 have to find some much quieter places than the one I was at!
> Any suggestions on how I can improve these recordings would be much appre=
> Also, I was guessing at what levels to set the Fostex at. I set the Mic T=
rim levels at about 80% and the Main Recording Level at 100% (which still w=
as not peaking with even the loudest bird sounds) . After searching the for=
um for more info on this it seems that setting the levels a little lower mi=
ght be a better option. Any comments on this from those who are using this =
> Finally, my DIY parallel boundary array wouldn't win any awards for craft=
smanship, and as I am not much of a handyman or designer (or sound recordis=
t yet!), can you see any problems with this setup - see pics here - http://= - I m=
ade it from ultralight balsa wood.
> Thanks for any help.

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