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Re: 17-year Cicadas meet Telinga LSxx

Subject: Re: 17-year Cicadas meet Telinga LSxx
From: "Ray Mansell" BCTess
Date: Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:37 am ((PDT))
Go to and download the MP3 file you will see there
labelled 'Cicadas'. That is a 25-minute recording I made yesterday
afternoon as I walked a mile or two through the nature preserve. At about
2m20s you will notice a decrease in overall volume as I was forced to
reduce the LS10 gain downwards to avoid overload.

As you play it, you will hear my boots crunching on the gravel path.To get
an idea of the relative sound intensity, increase the playback level until
the footsteps sound as loud as you think they should, given that the
microphone was only 3 or 4 feet away from the boots. The quieter section
towards the end is where the trail emerges from the woods and winds across
a meadow.

The Telinga LSxx looks similar to Klas's other parabola-mounted
microhpones, but is PIP-powered. I have the LS10 mounted directly on the
handle so that the entire recording setup is in one piece. I'm not sure how
many of these he produced, or if he still sells them, but I love it.

Have fun!

On Thu, Jun 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM, Volker Widmann <> wrote:

> **
> Thank you Ray!
> Truely amazing and a hell of a racket. I would love to hear it on location.
> I would also appreciate a longer recording. There seems to,be a lot of
> variation.
> What actually do you mean by Telinga LSxx, I am not aware of such a
> Telinga product.
> Volker
> Am 13.06.2013 um 02:24 schrieb Ray Mansell <>:
> > The 17-year Cicada emergence is really at its peak here now, and the
> sound
> > is excruciating. I walked a mile or two around the preserve where I've
> been
> > seeing them (though they are spread over a much larger area), recording
> the
> > entire walk with a Telinga LSxx microphone connected to an Olympus LS10
> > recorder. Even with the recorder set at low gain, I had to turn the gain
> > control dial down to between 1 and 2 to avoid overload.
> >
> > Later, I put the LSxx back into the parabola, and set out to (try to)
> > record individual animals - which wasn't really feasible considering the
> > sheer numbers involved. It was hard to avoid walking on them, and they
> > constantly landed on both me and the Telinga. I've posted a very short
> clip
> > which demonstrates the various clicks and buzzes these fascinating little
> > creatures make, and includes an individual landing on the mic and
> emitting
> > its sound - completely overwhelming the recorder. However, since the
> buzzes
> > are such staccato events, it doesn't sound so very out of place. *
> >*
> >
> > As much as I'm enjoying these little guys, I have to say it will be nice
> > when the normal background sounds return.
> >
> > Ray
> >
> >
> >

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