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Re: newbie question on recording in wet enviornment, positioning

Subject: Re: newbie question on recording in wet enviornment, positioning
From: "Avocet" madl74
Date: Tue Oct 11, 2011 8:32 am ((PDT))

I presume you are using the built-in mics which are a bit hissy but it
is a start.

Start off on the ground, yes, down on the deck. Listen to what you get
and also try it on a hard surface like cardboard. Folks get hung up on
mic stands, but there is no valid reason for putting a mic any
particular distance from the ground. Check out the ground effect by
getting your ears down low and/or by compariing different mic

If you are using its own mics, weather will be a problem as you can't
waterproof the DR-100 by wrapping it up unless you use extarnal mics.
To keep the recorder waterproof, use a suitable plastic box and wrap
the recorder in dry woollen cloth. Silica gel absorbs very little
moisture and is a pain to dehydrate. Wool can be ironed dry and
absorbs quite a lot of mosture.

I've got mics outside in all weathers in cheap tents looking out of
the flyscreen. You could arrange some sort of shelter over the
recorder and you will also need a windgag of some sort. Try something
like thin blanket material or a towel laid over the whole area or
anything that won't flap. A hard board underneath will probably
restore the high frequencies if they get lost. Experiment and don't be
afraid to be unorthodox.

Soon you will want external mics and there is no end of advice on this
list, much of it from personal experiences which don't necessarily
tally. :-) My own choice is the "Brinibox" which is still in a
carbaord prototype stage and is still giving me good results into my
It's Rig 2 and it cost me =A320 in its basic form so it is not an
impressive investment to boast about but it records good stereo.

Above all have fun.


David Brinicombe
North Devon, UK
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce

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