Hi, I'm currently building my field recording/wildlife rig. I have a matched pair of B&K4006s and wonder if anyone has experience of using these in the field. Should I hold on to them or sell them and replace with something else? My current arsenal includes:

Sennheiser 416 and ME66 with K-6. Telinga parabola with stereo dat mic. Matched pair of AKG 414s. Microtech Gefell UMT70S. Rode Classic.

Any advice would be gratefully received! Thanks Phil.

  • I think you are pretty well covered. I have done some atmos recording with the 4006, and I like the sound very much. – Mikkel Nielsen Apr 28 '12 at 14:58

I asked a similar question here and there was a good link to a Nagra article involving the B&Ks: LINK

I used a pair for some nature recording recently, through a Sound Devices 442. There was wonderful clarity to them when I did some general forest ambience gathering. Really captured the tone of birdsong well.

I found using them in exceptionally quiet areas would uncover their self noise a bit though. But a minor trade off.

  • Cheers, I'll have a look. – Philbox Apr 30 '12 at 14:39

I would hang on to the 4006s as they are excellent mics and ideally suited for atmos recording.

  • Cheers Iain. Im going to hang on to them! – Philbox Apr 30 '12 at 14:39
  • @iain, I bought rycote lyremounts and softie kits for them. Mounted them on a straight bar and had a wee listen to my ever bustling rhododendron bush! Really nice atmos.. and a surprising amount of detail too! They are now officially in the kit.! – Philbox May 6 '12 at 0:09

I would try them with a jecklin disc. I bet you would get some nice results with ambiences and that setup.

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