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re: recording ultrasonic frequencies

I'm looking into putting together a rig that can really capture ultrasonic frequencies for the purposes of varispeeding down during sound design, and I'd like a little input from those of you who have ...
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Binaural Recordings

Anyone who is doing binaural recordings, what mics/setup are you using (makes & models of mics and for setup: binaural head, in-ear etc.) I'm looking at investing in some and would like to have ...
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What are the small bits in your field recording bag?

Yes, yes, we've all got preamps and recorders and mics and cables and hoary marmots in our field recording sound bags. But what else is in your bag? What are the little bits and bobs you really ...
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Binaural Recording and Asset Creation

Those of you doing binaural field recording, or those who have experience with it: What kind of setup are you using? What have you found creates the most accurate sound field? Are most of your ...
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Organizing Libraries

It is fun to get outside and record, but I often have to get super motivated to edit and catalogue a bunch of my recordings. My blog has helped me with that, but I'm curious how folks catalogue their ...
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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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Battery options for your recording rig

So I have this recorder that likes to eat AA batteries for breakfast. I need to buy something way more efficient, but it may come at a cost. But must it? The setup I'm looking at right now is a IDX ...
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Small budget solution for portable recording

Before I start I have to admit: I am far, far away from being a pro - in fact, I am not even making sounds/music for a living. It´s what I love to do in my leisure time and that´s why my budget is a ...
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Understanding Convolution Reverb

This question is more for me to understand the uses of convolution reverb, how to perform it, and clear up any misconceptions I have. As I understand it, to create a convolution impulse you: Set up ...
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Zoom H4N - Opinions?

There are so many reviews spread around the web about the Zoom H4N, some of them praise this recorder, other say some things about bad preamps, hissy mics etc... Who has had experiences with this ...
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My first field mic. [closed]

I'm in the market for a quality shotgun mic for field recording, foley, ADR, etc.... Budget: less than $1,200. I really like the Sennheiser MKH 416, but haven't had a chance to try many others. I ...
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Advice on my newly researched sound recording kit?

So I have been spending a long time trying to gather a decent beginner kit for my sound recording. I'm wanting to squeeze the very best I can out the money I have. My main focus is on very high ...
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Field recording gain staging - Desirable input level and processing

Hello, I am new to field recording and had some questions pertaining to gain staging for recording sound effects and ambience. What is the recommended desired input level for both sound effects and ...
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Weirdest thing you've ever done for sound

Today, I was at my work recording the internal motor of our birthing simulator (you really can never have too many servo sounds), and I noticed that the sound of the birth itself (the plastic baby ...
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DIY contact microphone

Hi! Using a contact microphone for field recordings seems to be popular and there's loads of tutorials for building one on the web. I bought the parts and am thinking of the adapter and ...
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What bag do you use for your field recorder?

When I bought my Sound Devices 722 I also bought a purpose built Camrade bag for it: http://www.camrade.com/products-page/audio/other/ab-sd-01 which seems good in terms of being waterproof, but I'm ...
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Usefulness of “guerrilla” vs. “pro” recordings

Many of the sounds used in feature films are recorded by professional recordists using professional gear, ie. expensive mics, multiple mic setups, multichannel recorders, and multiple days on location....
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How do you insure your gear? Or do you?

I recently took a trip to Hawaii and decided to bring some of my recording gear with me to record some ambiances, whales and other things I don't get the chance to hear in Southern California. I went ...
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Rigging Microphones in Cars

what would one make a microphone rig for a car to record dialogues ? Which microphones are preferable for these situations and why ?
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“Guerilla” (not “Gorilla”) sound recording

I have, from time to time, experienced opposition to my recording at a certain location. Anyone who has done any significant amount of sound recording probably has. The only way to get around this ...
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Recording the upheaval in the Middle East

Greetings all, Political demonstrations and unrest on such a grand scale as what is occurring in Egypt, Iran and Syria right now are rare - that's what makes them so interesting to record and ...
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Is this the Zoom killer?

alt text http://www.tascamcontractor.com/content/images/universal/misc/im2_with_iphone_grey.jpg Probably not, but at $80 it may become many people's go-to solution for impromptu everyday captures. ...
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LFO sounds in nature

Hi, I am interested in capturing LFO type sounds in nature. Something that starts at a high oscillating rate and drops to a lower one... Does anything come to mind? Animals, natural phenomena (...
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Low-budget field recorder with good pre-amp

I'm working on a couple of mod projects and I sorely need some kind of a field recorder to get a lot of the sounds I need. I've read a lot about the Zoom H2 and H4, and I'm leaning towards the H2 due ...
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Has anyone got experience with the Tascam DR-680?

Hello. I'm looking around for a solid state unit to do my location recordings with. Eventually I want to take it with me around travelling as a solid device to do all my recordings with. I don't ...
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Permits to field record in China and Hong Kong?

I'd like to make a field recording trip to Hong Kong and mainland China in June. Anyone know if I need to worry about permits? Can I float a blimp around without worrying the authorities, or should ...
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Recommendations for affordable compact field recording headphones

I was reading a question asked by Chris Nannny about the amount of difference you get with good headphones and its got me into thinking of getting some new ones. At the moment I own the same ones ...
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Place Microphones for Live Sports Broadcasting

Hi everyone, Sorry for poor English presentation, firstly. I would like to know how to place microphones for live sports broadcast, like tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball and badminton. Are ...
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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 ...