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Re: newbie question on recording in wet enviornment, positioning

Subject: Re: newbie question on recording in wet enviornment, positioning
From: "hartogj" hartogj
Date: Wed Oct 12, 2011 1:36 pm ((PDT))
Hi Chuck,
Hopefully you got some good recordings. It will be interesting to hear what you 
tried and how it worked out.

Microphone height: 
High = broader perspective of landscape, less obstruction from surrounding 
terrain or underbrush, a possibility for facing microphones downward toward 
Normal Tripod Height = comfortable, convenient position for the user with 
minimal stooping or reaching to setup and make adjustments.
Ground Level = sometimes less phase issues from ground reflections, though more 
diffraction or shadowing from terrain.

Personally, I would not risk getting my recorder wet. The microphones that I 
have used seem to do fine in the rain when covered with fleece or fur covered 
windscreen and a sufficient cage to keep the wet material away from the 
microphone.  Placement in a dry spot under a tree can be a good idea. Just take 
them out of their wet clothes to dry as soon as possible. If you plan to record 
in wet environments, I think you will want to invest in external microphones, 
and keep your recorder better protected. 

John Hartog

--- In  "Chuck C" <> 
> I finally parted with some money and purchased a Tascam DR 100.  Tomorrow 
> night I am going to position it in a secluded valley to record a night of 
> wilderness sounds, mostly insects.  
> 1.  What would be the best height or does it matter?  
> 2.  How do I protect the recorder from dew or rain?  
> My plans are to put it in the crook of a tree, as horizontal as possible.  
> Thank you.

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