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Subject: Re: Recording otters help !!!
From: "vickipowys" vpowys
Date: Thu Jul 3, 2014 3:16 pm ((PDT))
David and all,

I happily use Olympus LS10 with Sennheiser ME66, the mic is powered by  
its own AA battery (lasts ages) and connects to the recorder via a  
mini-plug adapter cord.  I use the mic with a Rode shock mount/ handle  
plus a Rode foam-fur slip on wind cover.  The Rode handle and wind  
cover are quite a lot cheaper than Rycote, in Australia anyway.

This rig is quick to grab and easy to carry in the field.  And as John  
points out, the best recorder is the one you have with you in the field!

Vicki Powys

On 04/07/2014, at 1:37 AM, 'John Crockett'   
[naturerecordists] wrote:

> For only a little more than the DR-40 you could get a Sony PCM-M10.  
> You'll
> need an XLR-to-1/8"stereo adapter cable because the M10 does not  
> have XLR
> inputs, but it works fine. Battery life is phenomenal. If you need XLR
> inputs, the Tascam DR-100 MkII has them, and has much quieter  
> preamps than
> the DR-40 that will work well with the ME66.
> I use the ME66 with an Olympus LS-11 (no longer in production but  
> the LS-5
> is very similar if you can get that one where you are).
> There is no question that a good blimp provides better wind protection
> than the foam/fur combination, so I think it depends on the needs of  
> the
> recording situation and the end use of the recordings. The main  
> drawback
> of a blimp, in my situation, is that it is bulky and cumbersome, so I
> don't tend to grab it. The wind muff stays on the microphone all the  
> time,
> so I just grab it and go. I'd rather get a little bit of wind  
> interference
> (not nearly enough to clip the signal) than get no recording at all
> because the gear was too cumbersome.
> So much depends on who you are, what your recording and financial
> situation is and what your end result needs to be. I operate with a  
> very
> limited budget and have had to make do with what is affordable, not  
> always
> able to get the best, most things bought used on eBay. I get good  
> results
> that work for my purposes (wildlife recordings that are used in public
> programs played over a PA system). I also record to document changes  
> in
> the soundscape over time, and for the personal enjoyment of  
> listening out
> of season. I often record from within a kayak, and need a setup that  
> is
> light and operable with one hand so the other hand can grab the  
> paddle.
> For me, the foam/fur was a first and necessary step - and useable  
> 90% of
> the time. I can't imagine not having the foam/fur and having to use a
> blimp all the time (some kind of wind protection is absolutely  
> essential).
> The blimp was a later addition to cover the other 10% (and  
> especially for
> use with the Rode NT4 stereo microphone, because it is very  
> sensitive to
> wind and there were no good options in the foam/fur department at that
> time. Windcutter now makes a fur muff for the NT4 that closes with a  
> cinch
> cord around the barrel of the microphone and it works pretty well in  
> most
> situations, although the blimp is still needed at times. I have no
> connection at all to Windcutter, but I did recommend the design change
> that led to their improved fur cover for the NT4).
> John
>> Thanks !!!
>> i was looking for somenone that have used only the foam/fur  
>> combination
>> with out the blimp, with any trouble!!! In the other hand, for the
>> recorder... do you know any other alternative for it ??? (not too
>> expensive) i was thinking in the tascam dr40 because its not  
>> expensive,
>> long batteries and is similar to the zoom h4n

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