Thanks Diane ....had a listen to the hermit thrush and I see what you mean =
about the hiss. I think its either a matter of trying to get closer to the =
bird, which isn't of course always easy, or borrowing/buying new kit.
I have on occasion just used the built in mics on my edirol to record birds=
well enough to identify them, so if its to enable you to transcribe the so=
unds, that might work.
The Causse recording btw was with an old Sony minidisc, which had to my ear=
s a relatively good pre-amp for quite a cheap bit of kit.
The hermit thrush does have a wonderful song. The short mournful phrases re=
minded me vaguely of pied flycatcher http://www.xeno-canto.org/98798 - alth=
ough the two are not related.
I enjoyed what you did with sounds as well ... lovely piano/bass
all the best
--- In "DIANE" <> wrote:
> Hey Tony,
> Wow..no hiss..amazing! I'm listening to the first soundcloud sample
> right now. This is lovely....
> At John's suggestion, I posted part of a recording of hermit thrushes
> and more, you'll hear the enormous amount of
> The blackbird sounds so clear, and I love all the other sounds.
> Were you using the Edirol when you recorded the Causse du Larzac?
> --- In "soundings23"
> <tony.whitehead2332@> wrote:
> > Hi Diane ... I used that very mic for years, and do have some lovely
> recordings with it. It is a bit hissy though in quiet places ... funnily
> enough there's a recording here I posted a few days ago from 2002 using
> just that model http://soundcloud.com/tonywhitehead/causse-du-larzac
> > Trouble is, for individual birdsong, it's not directional enough. And
> as David says, for that you need to spend a bit more money. For me, its
> the Sennheiser ME66 with the battery powered K6 module. You also need a
> decent grip and windshield - Rycote being the choice. On ebay, and a bit
> of hunting around probably =C2=A3350-400 all in. I realise that's
> expensive - but the difference is remarkable. And unlike a lot of things
> nowadays, Sennheisers are pretty solid. Here's a blackbird I recorded
> with this mic onto an Edirol R-09 in April this year
> > The other thing to consider, if you're not doing it all the time, some
> community arts groups may have kit to hire at quite reasonable rates -
> I'm currently borrowing a Rode NT4 stereo mic from our local group
> > cheers
> > Tony
> > --- In "Avocet" brini@ wrote:
> > >
> > > > Do you think the batteries in the mic are contributing to the
> > >
> > > Diane,
> > >
> > > Probably not. Hiss in a mic is inversely proportional to the number
> > > noughts in the price. :-)
> > >
> > > David
> > >
> > > David Brinicombe
> > > North Devon, UK
> > > Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce
> > >