So, with Irene making a projected bee-line for DC (and the rest of the East Coast) I'm thinking I don't have enough Hurricane in my library. After the recent question about recording wind I have some good ideas, but still a couple questions remain.
1. What's the best way to get great recordings with the gear I have on hand and keep it all safe and dry-ish?
Here's the equipment I have at my disposal:
- DPA 4060 matched pair
- Barcus Berry 4000xl Contact Mic
- Rode NT4
- Rode NTG3
- A couple of beat up SM58s
- Rode Blimp
- SD MixPre
- Sony M10
- 15lbs sandbag
- Cheap mic stand
I'm thinking that my best bet is mounting the 4060s in the Blimp in as close to an ORTF configuration as possible, feed those to the MixPre and subsequently the M10. Anyone see potential issues off the bat?
The MixPre/M10 both fit in my shoulder bag which I can double bag in garbage bags once I set levels. But keeping the mics dry is something I've never considered. Can I get away with wrapping the Blimp in a towel lengthwise? I'm thinking this will leave the side-facing ORTF setup exposed but still offer some protection. Although I'd also imagine that I'd get some weird high-frequency rolloff as the towel gets wetter and wetter.
If it's as bad as they say it'll be, I'll more than likely be sticking nearby the neighborhood. But there are some great massive trees that I can find shelter under and a few covered porches. I'm also thinking of keeping things dry by going to my car or just cracking a window in the house to get some great wind howls. Maybe the NTG3 would be better for the cracked windows?
2. What's on the record list?
I'm already thinking of how this storm's going to interact with my neighborhood. The various foliage, the slat fences, the garbage cans that will probably just be strapped down rather than removed. There's the drain at the end of the ramp to the common laundry room that should sound cool depending on the reflections of the brick walls on either side of the ramp. I thought of using the contact mic on the windows. They're the newer triple-paned kind so I'm not certain how good it'll sound with that dead air space, but I'll give it a try anyway.
3. Am I crazy?
If you believe the news hype, Irene is a potential Category 4 Hurricane. You know all those reporters that go down south to tell us "Hey, look! It's really a Hurricane!" as we watch them in our cozy dry homes? I always feel sorry for the cameraman. You hope he's at least getting hazard pay.
There's a cautious, self-preserving side to me that says "Screw that, stay inside. Crack a window. Stuff a towel in it. Roll tape. You get what you get." But then there's the huge audio side that wants to go jump around in 115mph wind and puddles the size of children's swimming pools with all my recording gear rolling (not literally, but you get the idea). Because, you don't gain experience by sitting on the internet talking about experience.