Good that you got the recording especially if it is a rare one. And
with such minimal equipment too.
With editing, you can do absolutely anything you want, so long as you
always keep your original recording. It depends on your intended end
use. If you want to be scientific it is best to either use the
original, or to leave short gaps between calls where you have made
edits. But I agree it is always rather distracting when listening to
have the short gaps. You can leave out the gaps and simply add the
announcement 'gaps between calls have been shortened'.
Just my own thoughts.
On 18/09/2011, at 9:41 PM, Abhijit Menon-Sen wrote:
> I recorded a juvenile White-eyed Buzzard (Butastur teesa) squealing
> on a
> trip to an area of scrub forest in the Aravali foothills outside
> India on 2011-09-11.
> Here's an MP3 file:
> Equipment: Olympus LS-11, with built-in microphones, tripod-mounted.
> Processing: Normalized to -1.0dB in audacity, plus fade-in/out.
> I'm afraid it's not a very exciting recording, but I can't help
> another raptor that is rarely heard. At least this recording is
> free of
> traffic and handling noise (and largely free of wind noise too). If
> listen carefully, you can hear some insects zipping across the
> I have a question about editing. My purpose in making this
> recording was
> specifically to share the buzzard's call. In that sense, the long
> of silence between the squeals is superfluous. I've heard
> recordings in
> which these bits are edited out (usually with a fade). I find it quite
> distracting, but I was wondering if there was any good way to do this.
> Is it better to be obvious about the cuts (so that the listener has no
> doubt that the calls are not as-recorded), or is it worth the
> effort to
> try to be subtle about matching background noise across the cut?
> (I know this is subjective, and I know it doesn't really matter for a
> recording that's less than a minute long anyway, but I'd like to hear
> people's thoughts about the general question.)
> Thanks for listening.
> -- Abhijit
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie
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