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Neumann KM185 field nature recording suitability

Is a matched pair of Neumann KM185s suitable for outdoor nature recordings?
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Newbie who wants to record nature sounds on a budget

I'm new to field recording but not studio recording. I'd like to buy a portable recorder and mic for under $400 US (approximately). Having researched online, can I get away with a cheaper recording ...
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Recording field audio of car engine/exhaust/etc

Ok so to jump right into it, a couple of friends and I picked up an 2014 Audi RS7 and plan to make a commercial/teaser-esque video of it. I have three GoPro hero4 black editions so the video portion ...
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Lightweight Quality Field recording package?

I'm looking to upgrade some of my equipment in anticipation of doing some serious recording during an upcoming trip of mine. When I work in the theater, I use my zoom, which is great for that ...
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Field Recording Alone in Remote Areas

I've been wanting to travel deeper into the mountains (of Taiwan) for my field recording. I can only go so far if I plan to be out by dark. So I've been collecting gear to allow me to stay a night or ...
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Agencies for Unique sound recordings

I am just searching for some information regrding agencies or companies that buy clips for documentaries, radio ads or stories etc. I have searched on the net but most of the agencies are exclusively ...
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H4n panning issue in pro tools

i did a days worth of field recording a while back into input 1 of my H4n which is the left channel. it played back into my headphones at the time on both sides. however when i play back what i ...
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Freefield/Anechoic Car Recordings

Does anyone know of any freely available or available to purchase "anechoic/freefield" recordings of a car engine and/or rolling tyre noise at a known speed. Not fully anechoic of course, there can be ...
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Vietnamese Children recordings

I've been commissioned to work on a soundscape to accompany a art installation/theatre performance to celebrate 150 years of the Red Cross. I've been asked to recreate the sonic ambience of a refugee ...
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Who is the king of the portable field recorders?

I'm looking to purchase a portable field recorder to keep on me at all times, in order to capture those golden sounds we all come across day to day. I'm well aware of the usual suspects (H4N, M10, etc....
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The Combination of Field Recordings and Music

I'd like to start a list of examples of this particular combination, so please post any you can think of or any other thoughts about this. Here's one I think really works: [youtube]VVuJ_E_q4LI[/...
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LCR field recording

How many of you actually do this, recording with three mics (LCR)? I'm talking about using techniques like OCT (Optimized Cardioid Triangle)... I could see the logic of this for recording moving ...
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Field recorder advice (again)

Hello fellow designers/recordists. I am covering some old ground, but I'm looking to 'upgrade' from the H4n to something a little more semi-professional, without a sound devices pricetag. For the ...
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Collaborative website of Field Recording

Hello, Do you know a great collaborative field recording's website where you can post, share and download field recording's sound for free ? Thanks for your anwsers
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Picking Sennheiser MKH 8040 or 8050 in MS setup?

Hello there! I am about to assemble a MS microphone set for field recordings; after some testing and researching I have decided to go the Sennheiser route with a MKH 30 for the side, and either a MKH ...
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Learning to hear phase problems

Does anyone know of a good exercise to learn to identify what phase cancellation sounds like in the field? Is there a spectrum to this problem, or is it kind of binary? I don't think I've ever really ...
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Zaxcom Deva V users

Hi group Any of you using a Zaxcom Deva V recorder? Ive been offered a demo model for around $2000 from a dealer. Besides the Deva V being an older model, Its still a $10000 plus recorder. There must ...
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Outdoor Reverb/Delay?

I'm doing some sound design for a scene that takes place outside in front of a farmhouse, but all of the sound for it is being recorded indoors. I've got the outdoor ambiance sounds covered just fine, ...
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How often do you record?

Guys, I am mostly a sound effects editor and sometimes designer. However, I find myself on crazy short deadlines and low budgets far too often. In 4 years, I have never had the time or budget to ...
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Best online website for hunting used field recording gear

Hello! I´m been trying to find some websites that sell used field recording gear apart from the obvious ebay etc. websites. I came across to to http://www.bblist.co.uk and i was wondering if there´s ...
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Anyone using the Telinga parabolic mic?

Difficult to test this, so whats your experience with it? Does the mic sound good and is it quiet, or is it better to use a MKH mic with the telinga parabol? Also, I dont see the reason for a stereo ...
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B&K 4006s for field recording?

I'm carrying out field recordings for a college project of ambiaances; so far my NT4 has been fine for the city ambiences due to the due to the healthy signal/noise ratio. But, I plan on going out and ...
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need a location for warehouse or dilapidated building footstep recording

I need to record a bunch of footsteps in a dilapidated building. Ideally with both tile and unfinished hardwood surfaces, and also with a layer of dust and dirt (but not overly dirty or crunchy). ...
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PCM-D50 discontinued?

Noticed that the Sony PCM-D50 recorder is discontinued. I like mine so much I almost wanted to buy one as a backup. I love the noise floor, battery life, and heavy duty-ness of the unit. What other ...
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what is the different between field mixer and studio mixer?

please tell me the difference between that, i know it use to serve same purpose.
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Looking for a good field recorder in combination with a field mixer

Hi, I currently use a sd mix pre-d with a zoom H4n. Its a nice setup. The advantage of this setup is that it is really modular. I can use the mixer, or the mixer and recorder it only the recorder. ...
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When capturing dialogue in a marina

When you are capturing dialogue in a marina or most busy city places, is it good technique to boom from above and capture or is it ok to point the shotgun at the talent? I think I have seen it both ...
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Entry Level Field Mixer

Hi, I'm wondering what a entry level field mixer would be/cost? I'd like to have an indoor recording package and have a Zoom for recorder but the pre-amps are too noisy for what I can tolerate. I'm ...
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What is a telephone pick-up coil used for?

What is a telephone pick-coil used for? I am expanding my mic collection zoom (ZoomH4n only so far) and I want to get some mics. Contact mic for interesting SFX Boom for universally recording ...
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wisconsin protests

anyone recording these? I'd be willing to trade some of my stuff for any of that. thx!
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What websites do you use to sell/buy used gear?

I have been trying to sell my Fostex FR2-LE on amazon.com and craigslist.com but Its just not getting sold. What other sites do you use to sell and buy used gear?
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Field Recording M/S matrixing

Hi to all field recordists. If using a stereo shotgun microphone, how could you hear what it is you're recording through m/s encoding in real time (ex, not later on in the studio, rather while in the ...
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Do you do long takes or short takes when recording SFX?

When you go out to do a recording session of something you control like dropping rocks, do you press record say take one "dropping rocks", then drop the rocks, press stop. Or do you keep recording and ...
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Your most interesting recording of 2010

I've seen this done on alot of photography websites, so I thought it would be nice to try it here. We have all been busy out recording this year, and I am just wondering what the most Unique and ...
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Steps to sound effects editing and mastering? Sounds you recorded.

So far what I do is Take the sound effect I recorded Drop it in pro tools Cut up The audio so I have pieces of sounds I will keep Then I name the sound Fade the sound on the back end Add a ...
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I'm having problems recording sound effects at low volumes

I have been recording sounds like a rubber glove on glass and its going in at -22db. If i turn it up more I get a lot of fuzzy noise. I recorded low then opened it in pro tools. I turned up the volume ...
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Field recording levels?

I am using a FR2-LE with a few different mics (condenser and Dynamic) and I have to turn the levels way up to get a signal around -6 to -3db. This is when I record sound effects like glass on glass, ...
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Foreign field audio?

Hello everyone. First, let me say that my intention here is to look for career advice, not to passively beg for a handout. Okay, so I recently had a revelation: I really enjoy sound design and post-...
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Need advice on which mics to get.

Hi Guys Just starting to get into foley and field recording for my University project. I've got a budget of around £500 and need some advice on which type of mics to purchase. Im essentially looking ...
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recording summer ambiences

i'm working on a short feature film where i need to provide some interesting summer ambiences, the sweat, humidity and moistness apparent in the visual scene needs to be depicted in ambient sound. ...
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full vehicle coverage

At some point you can have too much coverage of a vehicle, but it takes quite a lot to get there. The question is how much is enough without being too much? Lets assume that we want to put together ...
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Field Recordists - How do you protect your mics on the way to the field?

So I've recently been doing a bit of hiking to remote locations for field recording. On my trips so far I have used a rain coat that also zips up into a bag to hold my m/s rig in a rycote with a bit ...
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Best quality, affordable Shotgun mic

Hey, so I'm in need of a sensitive directional microphone. Something that I can point at say a drop of water or set farther back from something than say traditional condenser microphones and get a ...
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Recording military vehicles

Has anyone ever done any recording of military vehicles (i.e. tanks, utility vehicles)? I'm wondering what to expect in terms of costs. I've done car recordings before so I'm familiar with equipment ...
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In ear headphones for stealth street recording

Hi everybody I've been looking into getting a pair of good in ear headphones, preferably providing decent isolation. This is to use with handheld recorders, if possible to avoid people asking stuff ...
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Worldizing and reamping experiences?

More for fun than anything else, i don't need to do it right now, but i was wondering if anybody here does it or ever tried it, on what kind of sounds? and what kind of playback system, as well as the ...
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Have you ever had trouble with the authorities while recording?

I often read of the UK police overstepping the mark with photographers in public places, in the name of anti-terrorism... How about you? Any of the constabulary ever hassled you? Vigilantes? Yokels ...
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Recording extremely loud sound sources

During the next month in Valencia (Spain) is taking place a fest in which the main act everyday is a massive burst of firecrackers in the main city square. This event called "Mascletá" is widely ...
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