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Re: Microphone advice for Parabolic please

Subject: Re: Microphone advice for Parabolic please
From: "John Crockett" naturalcontemplative
Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:26 am ((PDT))
I bought one of these on eBay for US$36.50 + shipping and have been quite h=
appy with it:

Three of these dishes are currently available.

The dish is about 20" in diameter with a 4" focal length. The dish is there=
fore about 6.2" deep.

I am using a single EM172 capsule and built the mic mount out of pvc pipe a=
nd connectors.

The main limitation for me is that my mic mount and handle - made of wood a=
nd pvc -  is very sensitive to handling noise. The setup works best mounted=
 on a tripod when possible, or else I have to sit very still. Trying to tra=
ck a moving bird introduces way too much noise.

The other limitation is that it does very little to amplify low frequencies=
 (e.g. around 500 hz). But it is great for birds who are sitting still!


--- In  "grummyaa" <> wrote:
> Thanks for the responses. I've ordered one em127 and I guess I'll try som=
e random DIY methods myself, and keep my ear to the ground for eBay deals a=
nd the like. If I like the way the em127 sounds I'll buy more. Also if I co=
me across any worthwhile results I'll post them on here.
> As far as using a shotgun instead I always thought of a shotgun mic as a =
tool for much closer sources than a parabolic mic. In which case I might ju=
st get an NT1a, or just save up longer and buy an MKH60. I'm starting to ge=
t into nature recording as a hobby but I do music & sound design for TV and=
 movies professionally.. I can justify more expensive purchases to my self =
easier if they can cross over to work that pays bills.  Sadly I can't affor=
d top of the line eveything. Not sure I'd use a parabolic mic for my work d=
> Cheers.
> --- In  "mothman_98" <clivesmail@> wrote=
> >
> > Hi,
> >
> > With a Nightingale singing locally, I dusted off my venerable Atherston=
e reflector which I use with a Sony f-V610 microphone and an inline felmica=
mps preamp.
> >
> > A few years back I used minidisc but now have an Olympus LS-10 recorder=
. Can anyone recommend a better microphone for such a set-up as I was somew=
hat disappointed by the quality of the recordings made with the dish. Lucki=
ly the bird flew over and sat in the tree under which I was hiding so I got=
 a good recording just using the built-in mics!
> >
> > I have looked at the Sennheiser range but as I am only an occasional re=
cordist I would prefer a less expensive alternative, albeit you get what yo=
u pay for.
> >
> > Any ideas would be most welcome.
> >
> > Clive
> >

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