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Re: Basic Bird Song/Call Recording Kit Recommendation

Subject: Re: Basic Bird Song/Call Recording Kit Recommendation
From: "Bill Kraus" bill_kraus_snapshots
Date: Tue Mar 29, 2016 1:14 pm ((PDT))
For what its worth, Christine Hass ( has
been using my Android app 'Bat Recorder' (about $6 on the Google Play
Store) to record bird songs using a TRRS mic and an Android smart phone
(both an LG and a Samsung).

While the app was originally designed to handle ultrasonic USB mics (up to
max frequency of 192 kHz), it'll work just fine with recording through the
audio input jack, although the maximum frequency in this case will be
limited to around 22 to 24 kHz because of device limitations. The app
specifically turns off any automatic pre-filtering or equalization to
capture sound, and supports automatic triggering, a timer, and geotagging
of WAV files.

On Tue, Mar 29, 2016 at 11:48 AM,  [naturerecordists] <
> wrote:

> Looks like I found the right group for this... ;-) I am a complete novice
> at recording. I did do a search and found post 30490 - "An inexpensive
> sound recorder for birders" - which is what I'm looking for. A basic
> recorder for singling out nearby bird songs/calls, mainly for
> identification and learning.
> I was thinking (hoping) that a shotgun-type microphone that plugs into my
> Samsung S5 could work? I wrote Sennheiser about using their MKE 400, and
> they replied that it "...has a standard 3.5mm TRS plug and hence would
> connect into Samsung smartphone without issue and without the need for an=
> additional adapters." This mic would have the added bonus that I could us=
> it on my DSLR.
> Has anyone used this with a Samsung smartphone? Is it effective? Or shoul=
> I look into a dedicated recorder such as a Zoom H2N or TASCAM DR-40 or So=
> PCM-M10 or something else? Not really wanting to spend over ~$250 and not
> intending to become even close to a pro bird recorder. The smartphone
> itself works just ok for recording, but difficult to focus on a specific
> bird song or call when there are many going on around you. Thanks!
> -Doug

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