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Sound recording app (iPhone) with GPS tagging [migrated]

Is anyone aware of a phone app that will record audio files of a set length on loop, while GPS tagging each recording? For example, I would like to capture, say, 1 minute mp3/wav files continuously - ...
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Is there equipment capable of recording the entire audio spectrum (audible through ultrasonic)?

Title pretty much says it all. I imagine it would take specialized gear through the entire signal chain - more like lab equipment than studio recording equipment. Probably a combination of inputs to ...
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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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Recording quiet sounds in a loud environment

Is there a technology which allows to record relatively quiet sounds even in a (very) loud environment? To perhaps better explain what I'm after, picture a small ballerina music box at a loud ...
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Are there any field recording windscreen solutions for DPA 4011-TL stereo set?

I have a stereo pair of DPA 4011-TLs that I use for instrument recording, but I also want to use them for field recording if possible. I'm having a hard time finding a blimp or windshield solution ...
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Good way of clamping things to a mic stand

I'm starting to think about audio recordings that I want to make in the next few months and one of the sounds I'd like to capture is rain on an umbrella. My first thought was that I could stand ...
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Gear for outdoor music recording

I'm looking for a gear setup that I could make a live recordings of various musicians and bands outside in various locations I have tried to do some research but I found it quite difficult because ...
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How to record audio while riding a bicycle?

I would like to record a bicycle ride to get all the feeling of the ride from ambient to mechanical bike sounds. However even if I didn't try I'm pretty sure that if mounted my Tascam dr40 it would be ...
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Acquisition setup recommendation: insect monitoring

I'm building an audio-based insect / pollinator monitoring device for crowdsourced biodiversity assessment. I want to record sounds of bees, bumblebees and other pollinators arriving, departing and ...
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Decent and affordable setup to record slamming doors, thumping [duplicate]

I would like to record evidence of annoying sounds from downstair apartment (Please no judgment, legal or diplomatic advices). I need a recording setup using AFFORDABLE equipment that will capture ...
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Build My Own Sound Effects Library to Meet SMPTE Specifications

I'd like to start build my own sound effects library from the ground up for the use in motion pictures and gaming. When building this library, is there a standard from SMPTE to meet? Are there better ...
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8 channel pass through on Behringer XAir XR18

I am trying to use a Behringer XR18 as a passthrough for recording and live sound. I want route 8 channels from the 8 inputs to 8 outputs for the sound guy while recording 8 channels to Reaper ...
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how to record waterfalls

I am new to audio recording. I need a natural sounding waterfall flowing throughout a gorge for this picture >>> https://hajes.org/hajes_org/i-expo/2019-02-16_scotland/mark.htm After recording ...
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Mics in a field recording array -techie acoustics question

I'm new to field recording, and about to build and experiment with a "winged barrier array" for various, mostly urban, front-focused (as opposed to omni) ambiences. I guess it's a boundary type ...
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What is the best microphone type for recording natural outdoor sounds?

I am currently working on a game, and I wanted to take on the challenge to record the sounds myself. I will need a lot of outdoor natural sounds, like flowing water, trees in wind or footsteps on dirt....
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How to power an outdoor DJ Set?

I occasionally see videos of outdoor DJ sets is places that look like they are far from any standard power source. There are many on YouTube but here is an example: . ...
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How to Record Snowmobile Audio (Equipment and Methods)

The company that I work for wants me to be able to record as close to true to life audio of our snowmobiles as we can for as low budget that I can manage (low budget meaning under $200 for the audio ...
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Microphone technology for noisy environment

I am looking for a microphone that would allow me to record my voice in a noisy place where I can't control the environment. Think recording your voice while cycling in a big city as a voice over for ...
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I have a sound project. For blind children ages 3-10 years to consult

I have a project for blind children 3-10 years old. This project is about listening. Because I have to provide information on various listening environment or other. For example As the blind child is ...
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Recording 24hrs of audio in multiple files

I'm looking to record sound for a continuous 24hr period. I'd like the output to be in seamless chunks (of say 10mins) that I can work with easily. Is there any out-of-the box solution that would work?...
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Field recording with a Zoom H6?

I'm doing more and more field recordings recently, starting to really like it, and I want to know more of it. Is there someone who using a Zoom H6 with its own mics for ambience recording? If so, what ...
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Recording ants: mic recommendations?

I have been recording ants for some time now, using the simplest Korg clip-on mic. I am in search of three things: A better contact mic that will pick up less environmental/ambient sound. A contact ...
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iRig Pre and Huawei P8 Lite 2017 compatibility

I'd like to purchase an iRig Pre XLR microphone interface for recording pre-production ideas out in the field. I'm wondering if anyone has tried this on a Huawei P8 Lite 2017? I can see that it's ...
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recording city sounds

I am recording city sounds such as high street ambiance and bus/ tube journeys. I have a zoom H6 and a choice of XY mic, MS mic and a shot gun. My overall aim is to capture and make 2 to 3 minutes ...
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Converting a 3.5in mic input to line level portably

As I understand it, mic level input and line level input are two different things, with line level input having a much higher power level. In my case, I'm dealing with an old minidisc recorder that ...
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What type of microphone is best suited for recording ambient sounds?

I've seen countless examples of recordings of an environment that are supposed to help you fall asleep. Examples: Train ride or Heavy Thunderstorm I am wondering, what is the best kind of microphone ...
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How would you design the sound of a submersible propeller?

POST-MORTEM: Using a variety of tools and manipulating them underwater while recording with a 3 different pairs of hydrophones (for a total of 6 different perspectives) yielded truly wonderful results!...
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Mid Side recording "Invert the Phase" - "Invert" is ghosted in Audition

In Adobe Audition I'm following a YouTube tutorial trying to understand how to record and then manually process a “Mid Side” boom mic test recording. So when I convert it to mono it gives me two ...
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Zoom H5 preamps vs Zoom F4

I have done a lot of research on the F4 and my question is related to the preamps of both devices. I have a H5 and love it, but want to up my game and want to know if the difference between the two is ...
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Get mics to line level in the field

I'm new to field recording and I have a 744t, but channels 3&4 have to be line in. So if I want 4 mic channels, let's say Rode NT4 on 1&2 and Line Audio CM3 on 3&4, I need to get the 3&...
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What's your sound fx library expectation and needs? [closed]

I am looking for various thematic for next sound library that I will create. What are the sounds that you almost never found,that you need, or you don't find with significant quality , feeling, ...
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Recording stereo audio on an iPhone using an adapter

I'm looking to have a highly portable setup for binaural field recordings, and since I take my phone everywhere, it would be nice to use my iPhone as a recorder. It isn't possible to have stereo mic ...
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MK8+CMC vs CCM8

For now my mic collection is basically limited to a CMIT5, and after I rented a CCM8 to combine an MS with CMIT for a job I fell in love with the sound. So I want to buy one, mostly for booming but ...
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for field recording(nature/wildlife) use Mono or Stereo XRL- NGT2 into Tascam DR-100mkii?

Want to start off on the right foot, i am a beginner when it comes to field recording, more interested in environmental, natural, wildlife sounds as well as construction sites, trains, busy street ...
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Rode NT1A with Fousrite Audio Interface of with Zoom H4n pro / H5 [duplicate]

I'm looking for an appropriate partner for a Rode NT1A. Originally I wanted to go with a USB interface on macOS, something around 200€ like the new Focusrite Scarlett series. But since my field ...
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Is it possible to use a M/S microphone as a mono mic?

Is it a normal mono sound you get if you use a M/S stereo mic by only plugging in the left or center? Does it sound like a normal mono shotgun mic?
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Robert Altman, how to capture sound like in his movies?

I'm sound designing a movie and in conversations with the director, Robert Altman emerged. I know that Altman was a director that was revolutionary in terms of sound. He was one of the first ...
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Are there any significant differences between using a dedicated audio interface and a field recorder with audio interface capabilities?

Are there any significant differences between using a dedicated audio interface (Focusrite 2i2) and a comparable field recorder with audio interface capabilities (Zoom H4n) in a direct audio interface ...
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Niche areas of Sound Design -- Are there any?

For all of those working in film audio and design -- what would you say are the niche areas of sound design, is there something you wish there were more of or that you have found lacking in the sound ...
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Sennheiser MKH70 temperature range

I can't find any information from Sennheiser about temperature range (specs here). What is the Sennheiser MKH70 temperature range? For example, is it possible to use in -15 C?
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Neumann RSM-191 - Can I use a Sound Devices 302 as a substitute for the MTX Box?

I've found a good deal on a Neumann RSM-191 stereo shotgun. It's just the mic alone - no cables or the proprietary MTX preamp box. Since the 302 mixer can do M/S decoding, could I just use that in ...
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How to deal with extreme level differences in film dialogue

If recording a filmed dialogue scene that has a sound level range between whispering and shouting (or similar high range beyond acceptable limits for the equipment available), what is the right way to ...
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Reasonable results for ambient village street music sounds from my Zoom H4N?

Can I get reasonable results for ambient village street music sounds from my Zoom H4N? I also have a PSC field mixer and shotgun mic but would like to discover and explore the Mexican village music ...
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Does zoom record multiple tracks seperately as different files?

How do I record audio on Zoom H4N with multiple Shotgun Mics or Lavalier Mics and have different files so I can edit/sync them separately later for my film?
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microphone distance in spaced omnidirectional field recording

What is your prefered microphone spacing in AB stereo (spaced omnidirectional microphones) for field recordings, and why?
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Is there a difference in quality of sounds recorded with different zoom field recorders ?

I am very low on money and needed 2 months to decide whether I buy a zoom H2n. I bought one, but now I am unsure if it was the right choice. There is a cheaper zoom H1n and a more expensive H4N. Does ...
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Using a journalist recorder for field recordings

I was plotting to buy one of these digital audio recorders for journalists, which I want to use for field recordings. Are these devices good for it?
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Field recording databases

Freesound.org seems to be the largest and most reliable source of unprocessed field recordings (with a good share of pitch-shifted monster sounds too). I struggle to find alternatives of comparable ...
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Sound Devices recorder 722: media issue

I have a 722 recorder purchased 3 years ago that I have not used much. I was playing with the settings to get it back in the field when suddenly the "media" led (the one for the internal HD) went ...
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How to Add Soft Roundness (Prettiness) To Sound FX?

I have a question that’s been boggling my mind for a long time. How do people create those puffy, soft, airy elegant sounds in mobile games? I’m not sure how else to explain them, but it’s almost ...
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