Hopefully you got some good recordings. It will be interesting to hear what you
tried and how it worked out.
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.
--- 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.