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Re: Sound recording devices and mics...

Subject: Re: Sound recording devices and mics...
From: "Alma Leiva" allev03
Date: Tue Jun 12, 2012 6:36 pm ((PDT))

Great idea thanks Kevin!

From: Kevin Colver <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 9:22 PM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Sound recording devices and mics...

Bugs banging into or crawling on the mics will produce loud and=A0
unnatural sounding effects.=A0 I'd suggest keeping the flies off the=A0
mics by creating small screen enclosures for each microphone.

I know that raindrops hitting a mic don't sound like rain at all and=A0
ruin a rain recording.=A0 I imagine the same will be true with your flies.


On Jun 12, 2012, at 7:10 PM, Alma Leiva wrote:

> This is definitely very helpful thank you!
> ________________________________
> From: Avocet <>
> To: 
> Sent: Tuesday, June 12, 2012 8:57 PM
> Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Sound recording devices and mics...
> > It's going to be a short school bus with close to 3 tons of fruit
> > inside that will decompose (in warm weather) over a period of 10-14
> > days...I suppose there will be hundreds of flies...The final piece
> > is gonna be a four channel video installation with loudspeakers in
> > the space for sound...
> Alma,
> Hundreds! And the rest. This sounds fun but it will probably need some
> experimentation first. You will also need a quiet location. The
> minimum would be four mics and I would use miniature "lapel" type
> mics. Use full bass cut and keep the recording level on the low side.
> I imagine that close up, the fruit flies will produce a reasonable
> fairly high pitched sound level but flies crawling over the mics may
> be a problem so use mini foam puff gags.
> Go for individual sounds, not the general buzz which will sound like
> random noise. I'd arrange the mics in pairs, and have spares in there
> in case some get submerged in gunge or exploding fruit. Hence the use
> of cheap mics, like the ones in Radio Shack.
> Myself, I'd use cheap electret mics in different positions and
> see which sounded best. You are not going to get conventional stereo,
> but you should get some interesting spacial effects.
> The only stipulation I would make about a recorder (or recorders) is
> that it could record "music quality" for as long as you need. Bearing
> in mind the thread about simultaneous recording, I'd keep the mic
> pairs apart and rely on the closeness of the flies for separation. I
> would record mp3 at 360K sample rate and break the recording regularly
> if the recorder didn't do this for you like my Tascam DR-100 and keep
> changing the card so you can listen back to what you are getting.
> BTW why 3 tons of fruit? Also who'se cleaning the bus afterwards? :-)
> David
> David Brinicombe
> North Devon, UK
> Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce


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