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Subject: Re: beginner needs help with recording
From: "hartogj" hartogj
Date: Fri Jun 8, 2012 2:49 pm ((PDT))
Hi Diane,

The hiss in your recordings is probably mostly from the self-noise of the m=
icrophone. However, many natural settings have a natural background hiss - =
wind in the trees, water flowing nearby. Such sounds often appear exaggerat=
ed in a recording.

I have used that mic before, and for the most part I found it was only good=
 for recording very robust sounds like a closeup frog chorus or the ocean s=
urf. Though I did record some great humming bird sounds with the mic positi=
oned a couple feet from a feeder. For more subtle nature sounds, the self-n=
oise was just too high.

One way to get a stronger signal is to get the mic closer to the birds you =
are recording.  You might try placing it up in the tree pointing to where t=
he subject bird likes to perch.

If you can share an example of a recording, it will be easier to understand=
 the problem and potential for remedy. is a pretty popular =
free service for sharing sounds.

John Hartog

--- In  "DIANE" <> wrote:
> Hey Everyone,
> I am a pianist/composer who is improvising with birds and creating compos=
itions. I've been recording with a Boss Micro BR, and a Sony Mic ECMMS907, =
and there's a lot of hiss in my recordings. I've tried everything to get th=
e "hiss" out but had no luck.
> I realize that all of you have been doing this at a high level for some t=
ime...I'm new at this, so any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.
> Thanks!
> Diane

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