Date: Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:50 am ((PDT))
I shamelessly stole this from someone else, but toilet/cistern handles are
the way to go for DIY parabolas! J
They tighten up tight, so are a good solution for holding the dish, and
don't transmit noise unless you are pretty aggressive with ur movements. No=
so good for tripod use tho.
On Behalf Of John Crockett
Sent: 19 September 2012 14:27
Subject: [Nature Recordists] Re: Microphone advice for Parabolic please
I bought one of these on eBay for US$36.50 + shipping and have been quite
happy with it:
Three of these dishes are currently available.
The dish is about 20" in diameter with a 4" focal length. The dish is
therefore about 6.2" deep.
I am using a single EM172 capsule and built the mic mount out of pvc pipe
The main limitation for me is that my mic mount and handle - made of wood
and 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 trac=
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!
<naturerecordists%40yahoogroups.com> , "grummyaa" <>
> Thanks for the responses. I've ordered one em127 and I guess I'll try som=
random DIY methods myself, and keep my ear to the ground for eBay deals and
the like. If I like the way the em127 sounds I'll buy more. Also if I come
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
just get an NT1a, or just save up longer and buy an MKH60. I'm starting to
get 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
afford top of the line eveything. Not sure I'd use a parabolic mic for my
> --- In
<naturerecordists%40yahoogroups.com> , "mothman_98" <clivesmail@>
> > Hi,
> > With a Nightingale singing locally, I dusted off my venerable Atherston=
reflector which I use with a Sony f-V610 microphone and an inline felmicamp=
> > 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 somewha=
disappointed by the quality of the recordings made with the dish. Luckily
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
recordist I would prefer a less expensive alternative, albeit you get what
you pay for.
> > Any ideas would be most welcome.
> > Clive