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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Casey
 

Hi what site do you get thees microphones from?

And about how much do they cost?

On 5/13/2020 4:37 PM, Andy via groups.Io wrote:
Hi Hamit and list.

Please dont underestimate the Binaural sound of street recording.

I've already purchased 3 sets of BSM 9 Binaural microphones from America and as far as I'm concerned the are the bestBinaural microphones on the market today.
.

I'm hoping to purchase a 4th pair but this time, I'm hoping to also purchase an XLR adaptore that will convert my mini jack to an XLR along with a small power pack to plug directly into my Zoom F8n!

So please don't underestimate these wonderful microphones.

Here is a very good example of what I'm talking about.

Earlier today I wrote a mest to Georgena as follows:

Hi again Georgina.

You would not probabally believe this Georgena, unless you put your trust in me totally.

About 15 years ago, when I still held some residual     vision, I made a podcast called Andy's farm.

This was posted to Blind Cool Tec and the feedback I got from all over America was absolutely fantastic and very encouraging.

Sadly BCT no longer exscists and I'd love this group to try and do something the same, with podcasts along with sight seeing tours etc.  Unfortunately this is yet only another dream!

I was a recently retired visual impairment manager and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

It's a lovely podcast when my wife and i were in our middle 40's.

Pauline and I live in a farm, that is, what is now communly know here in Scotland as a Small Holding.

I had very recently retired as a visual impairment manager with my local authority and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

Georgina.  This place called Meikle Aiden farm was paid outright and Pauline and I lived a very special dream.

We have loads of land with set aside just for the wiled burds, rabits and hedhogs and it was just glorious and filled with love and happyness and we had loads of pets and friends from the wildside community, like Guess, Chickens, ducks, Dogs and Cats. It was beutiful.
.

Pauline was hoping to wright a book about our love and struggle we shared hoping that some people may be interested in her book.

Because of her commitments that still eccist , she sadellly did not get around to starting this.

So I made a podcast called Andy's Farm and I still listen to it today and feel very sad for all our dogs and cats that have past on since.

The remarkable thing about this Georgina. is that my podcaste was recorded using a basic Olympus DM 50 along with a pair of Bsm Binauaral microphones series 9 from America.

The quality of the sound in the podcaste i think is remarkable, giving the fact that all of my recording equitment cost little more than £100.

It makes me wonder why have I now have a Zoom F8n and why I'm ready to spend hundreds of pounds on specialised microphones.

So I'm suggesting start by going cheep as I did, learn about sound recording and move up only when You'r sure there is an improvement there for you.

Regarding andy's farm, you can download my old podcaste from the following site:

Sendspace.

https://www.sendspace.com/file/o30z3i

Please, please consider this podcast and let me know if you think a £100 total bill for the equipment was worthwhile .

Very best wishes.

Andy.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
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Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Ah well then as far as binaural goes Larry from APH did it with in ear mics. So these you put in your ear like earpods. They use your ear canal to help shape the sound. He went to work at APH with them and an IRiver recorder. I like the effect, but I don't like how binaural mics as they are little mini me things that go in your ear have an ear bud quality to them. They don't sound as good as an actual mic you hold in your hand.

On 5/13/2020 4:59 PM, John Gurd via groups.io wrote:
I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone  or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording  will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing  a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set  of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds.  Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that,  to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones?  There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has  a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am.  Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection  of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my  recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy.  -  What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps  I should look at the NT4.  So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



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Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song  sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

 From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up.  I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor.  Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings.  If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Andy
 

Hi again Hamit.

Oh boy I remember it so well.

When Larry ran away for whatever reason, poor rick tried to take over and made a mess of things, though I really admire his approach. As you may remember he took on a Consultive rather than a leader / management role and who whole list, lost focus and sparted arguing amongst themselves.

Rick gradually lost his self confidense and the members simply tore him apart.

At that stage I put myself forward, as a co ordinator,
but the main man who took over was a Genious 11 year old, who didn't have a clue about dealing with adults. I suppose that is why the list owner took me onas a
coordinator me to support the kid!
I'm no genious, I simply could not keep up the supporting role as the boy geniouse was years ahead of me.

sadelly I left the list and shortly afterwords, the list folded. I feel so sorry for Rick who tried to give the power to the members rather than lead them. I also feel guilty for not supporting this 11 year old kid as he really was a genious and if only he was a little older and I trusted him, the list could still be there. For it really was a fantastic list and nothing has since ever attempted to copy it!

I've since clicked into Ricks site which is called the blind geek Zone, but it was far too late for the Blind cool tec comunity who had shortly afterwords , had committed suiside!

This is why I'd love the All Audio ist to expand and take on that vacant role, but this will never happen as who would look after the website and all its messages as well as maintain a good archive?

Andy for the good old times.
Worth thinking back and considering What if?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 11:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Oh no Andy. I love binaural audio. Hell 1 of my fave BCT casts was when Hope and Megan took the APH toor. Hope's mics made the whole thing feel real. I'm just saying they lack the bigness of studio condencers. But yes I love that 3D almost surround sound like effect. Larry's podcasts were cool too. Yeah too bad Larry killed BCT. Rick Harmon took up the mantle for a bit and memorialized it as it were for a while but people rightly or rongly stopped donating thus Rick couldn't keep the page up. Dain Trethowen has all the BCT casts. How he got them me no know. But he does have them. I don't know if he plans to do like Rick at some point or not though. Ah it's just too bad. Neal did lots of reviews there too.

On 5/13/2020 5:37 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Hamit and list.

Please dont underestimate the Binaural sound of street recording.

I've already purchased 3 sets of BSM 9 Binaural microphones from America and as far as I'm concerned the are the bestBinaural microphones on the market today.
.

I'm hoping to purchase a 4th pair but this time, I'm hoping to also purchase an XLR adaptore that will convert my mini jack to an XLR along with a small power pack to plug directly into my Zoom F8n!

So please don't underestimate these wonderful microphones.

Here is a very good example of what I'm talking about.

Earlier today I wrote a mest to Georgena as follows:

Hi again Georgina.

You would not probabally believe this Georgena, unless you put your trust in me totally.

About 15 years ago, when I still held some residual vision, I made a podcast called Andy's farm.

This was posted to Blind Cool Tec and the feedback I got from all over America was absolutely fantastic and very encouraging.

Sadly BCT no longer exscists and I'd love this group to try and do something the same, with podcasts along with sight seeing tours etc. Unfortunately this is yet only another dream!

I was a recently retired visual impairment manager and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

It's a lovely podcast when my wife and i were in our middle 40's.

Pauline and I live in a farm, that is, what is now communly know here in Scotland as a Small Holding.

I had very recently retired as a visual impairment manager with my local authority and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

Georgina. This place called Meikle Aiden farm was paid outright and Pauline and I lived a very special dream.

We have loads of land with set aside just for the wiled burds, rabits and hedhogs and it was just glorious and filled with love and happyness and we had loads of pets and friends from the wildside community, like Guess, Chickens, ducks, Dogs and Cats. It was beutiful.
.

Pauline was hoping to wright a book about our love and struggle we shared hoping that some people may be interested in her book.

Because of her commitments that still eccist , she sadellly did not get around to starting this.

So I made a podcast called Andy's Farm and I still listen to it today and feel very sad for all our dogs and cats that have past on since.

The remarkable thing about this Georgina. is that my podcaste was recorded using a basic Olympus DM 50 along with a pair of Bsm Binauaral microphones series 9 from America.

The quality of the sound in the podcaste i think is remarkable, giving the fact that all of my recording equitment cost little more than £100.

It makes me wonder why have I now have a Zoom F8n and why I'm ready to spend hundreds of pounds on specialised microphones.

So I'm suggesting start by going cheep as I did, learn about sound recording and move up only when You'r sure there is an improvement there for you.

Regarding andy's farm, you can download my old podcaste from the following site:

Sendspace.

https://www.sendspace.com/file/o30z3i

Please, please consider this podcast and let me know if you think a £100 total bill for the equipment was worthwhile .

Very best wishes.

Andy.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Ah well then as far as binaural goes Larry from APH did it with in ear mics. So these you put in your ear like earpods. They use your ear canal to help shape the sound. He went to work at APH with them and an IRiver recorder. I like the effect, but I don't like how binaural mics as they are little mini me things that go in your ear have an ear bud quality to them. They don't sound as good as an actual mic you hold in your hand.

On 5/13/2020 4:59 PM, John Gurd via groups.io wrote:
I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



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Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Hamit Campos
 

Oh no Andy. I love binaural audio. Hell 1 of my fave BCT casts was when Hope and Megan took the APH toor. Hope's mics made the whole thing feel real. I'm just saying they lack the bigness of studio condencers. But yes I love that 3D almost surround sound like effect. Larry's podcasts were cool too. Yeah too bad Larry killed BCT. Rick Harmon took up the mantle for a bit and memorialized it as it were for a while but people rightly or rongly stopped donating thus Rick couldn't keep the page up. Dain Trethowen has all the BCT casts. How he got them me no know. But he does have them. I don't know if he plans to do like Rick at some point or not though. Ah it's just too bad. Neal did lots of reviews there too.

On 5/13/2020 5:37 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Hamit and list.

Please dont underestimate the Binaural sound of street recording.

I've already purchased 3 sets of BSM 9 Binaural microphones from America and as far as I'm concerned the are the bestBinaural microphones on the market today.
.

I'm hoping to purchase a 4th pair but this time, I'm hoping to also purchase an XLR adaptore that will convert my mini jack to an XLR along with a small power pack to plug directly into my Zoom F8n!

So please don't underestimate these wonderful microphones.

Here is a very good example of what I'm talking about.

Earlier today I wrote a mest to Georgena as follows:

Hi again Georgina.

You would not probabally believe this Georgena, unless you put your trust in me totally.

About 15 years ago, when I still held some residual     vision, I made a podcast called Andy's farm.

This was posted to Blind Cool Tec and the feedback I got from all over America was absolutely fantastic and very encouraging.

Sadly BCT no longer exscists and I'd love this group to try and do something the same, with podcasts along with sight seeing tours etc.  Unfortunately this is yet only another dream!

I was a recently retired visual impairment manager and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

It's a lovely podcast when my wife and i were in our middle 40's.

Pauline and I live in a farm, that is, what is now communly know here in Scotland as a Small Holding.

I had very recently retired as a visual impairment manager with my local authority and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

Georgina.  This place called Meikle Aiden farm was paid outright and Pauline and I lived a very special dream.

We have loads of land with set aside just for the wiled burds, rabits and hedhogs and it was just glorious and filled with love and happyness and we had loads of pets and friends from the wildside community, like Guess, Chickens, ducks, Dogs and Cats. It was beutiful.
.

Pauline was hoping to wright a book about our love and struggle we shared hoping that some people may be interested in her book.

Because of her commitments that still eccist , she sadellly did not get around to starting this.

So I made a podcast called Andy's Farm and I still listen to it today and feel very sad for all our dogs and cats that have past on since.

The remarkable thing about this Georgina. is that my podcaste was recorded using a basic Olympus DM 50 along with a pair of Bsm Binauaral microphones series 9 from America.

The quality of the sound in the podcaste i think is remarkable, giving the fact that all of my recording equitment cost little more than £100.

It makes me wonder why have I now have a Zoom F8n and why I'm ready to spend hundreds of pounds on specialised microphones.

So I'm suggesting start by going cheep as I did, learn about sound recording and move up only when You'r sure there is an improvement there for you.

Regarding andy's farm, you can download my old podcaste from the following site:

Sendspace.

https://www.sendspace.com/file/o30z3i

Please, please consider this podcast and let me know if you think a £100 total bill for the equipment was worthwhile .

Very best wishes.

Andy.



----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Ah well then as far as binaural goes Larry from APH did it with in ear mics. So these you put in your ear like earpods. They use your ear canal to help shape the sound. He went to work at APH with them and an IRiver recorder. I like the effect, but I don't like how binaural mics as they are little mini me things that go in your ear have an ear bud quality to them. They don't sound as good as an actual mic you hold in your hand.

On 5/13/2020 4:59 PM, John Gurd via groups.io wrote:
I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone  or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording  will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing  a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set  of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds.  Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that,  to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones?  There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has  a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am.  Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection  of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my  recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy.  -  What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps  I should look at the NT4.  So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song  sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

 From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up.  I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor.  Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings.  If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73



Gena

Call: M0EBP
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73








Re: Microphones for Zoom

Andy
 

Hi Hamit and list.

Please dont underestimate the Binaural sound of street recording.

I've already purchased 3 sets of BSM 9 Binaural microphones from America and as far as I'm concerned the are the bestBinaural microphones on the market today.
.

I'm hoping to purchase a 4th pair but this time, I'm hoping to also purchase an XLR adaptore that will convert my mini jack to an XLR along with a small power pack to plug directly into my Zoom F8n!

So please don't underestimate these wonderful microphones.

Here is a very good example of what I'm talking about.

Earlier today I wrote a mest to Georgena as follows:

Hi again Georgina.

You would not probabally believe this Georgena, unless you put your trust in me totally.

About 15 years ago, when I still held some residual vision, I made a podcast called Andy's farm.

This was posted to Blind Cool Tec and the feedback I got from all over America was absolutely fantastic and very encouraging.

Sadly BCT no longer exscists and I'd love this group to try and do something the same, with podcasts along with sight seeing tours etc. Unfortunately this is yet only another dream!

I was a recently retired visual impairment manager and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

It's a lovely podcast when my wife and i were in our middle 40's.

Pauline and I live in a farm, that is, what is now communly know here in Scotland as a Small Holding.

I had very recently retired as a visual impairment manager with my local authority and Pauline was a mental health nurse.

Georgina. This place called Meikle Aiden farm was paid outright and Pauline and I lived a very special dream.

We have loads of land with set aside just for the wiled burds, rabits and hedhogs and it was just glorious and filled with love and happyness and we had loads of pets and friends from the wildside community, like Guess, Chickens, ducks, Dogs and Cats. It was beutiful.
.

Pauline was hoping to wright a book about our love and struggle we shared hoping that some people may be interested in her book.

Because of her commitments that still eccist , she sadellly did not get around to starting this.

So I made a podcast called Andy's Farm and I still listen to it today and feel very sad for all our dogs and cats that have past on since.

The remarkable thing about this Georgina. is that my podcaste was recorded using a basic Olympus DM 50 along with a pair of Bsm Binauaral microphones series 9 from America.

The quality of the sound in the podcaste i think is remarkable, giving the fact that all of my recording equitment cost little more than £100.

It makes me wonder why have I now have a Zoom F8n and why I'm ready to spend hundreds of pounds on specialised microphones.

So I'm suggesting start by going cheep as I did, learn about sound recording and move up only when You'r sure there is an improvement there for you.

Regarding andy's farm, you can download my old podcaste from the following site:

Sendspace.

https://www.sendspace.com/file/o30z3i

Please, please consider this podcast and let me know if you think a £100 total bill for the equipment was worthwhile .

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Ah well then as far as binaural goes Larry from APH did it with in ear mics. So these you put in your ear like earpods. They use your ear canal to help shape the sound. He went to work at APH with them and an IRiver recorder. I like the effect, but I don't like how binaural mics as they are little mini me things that go in your ear have an ear bud quality to them. They don't sound as good as an actual mic you hold in your hand.

On 5/13/2020 4:59 PM, John Gurd via groups.io wrote:
I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Hamit Campos
 

Ah well then as far as binaural goes Larry from APH did it with in ear mics. So these you put in your ear like earpods. They use your ear canal to help shape the sound. He went to work at APH with them and an IRiver recorder. I like the effect, but I don't like how binaural mics as they are little mini me things that go in your ear have an ear bud quality to them. They don't sound as good as an actual mic you hold in your hand.

On 5/13/2020 4:59 PM, John Gurd via groups.io wrote:
I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73






Gena

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73






Gena

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Loc: IO83PS
73



Gena

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Re: Microphones for Zoom

John Gurd
 

I love binaural recordings. Although, as a wee flight of fancy, for that authentic effect you'd want a plastic head to clip them to, or maybe, a head brace to clip them to your own head to be fully immersive as you walk down the street. Lol.

Seriously though, I wonder what the most practical way would be to port these things as a blind pedestrian making a mobile recording in a city street? I'd love to try it.

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 13 May 2020 19:46
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
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Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
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Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Georgina Joyce
 

Hello,

Not sure if it is these Andy referred to. I would not consider them as being expensive.

https://www.microphonemadness.com/mm-bsm-9-binaural-stereo-microphones-omni-directional-with-shure-premium-holding-clips.html

Apologies, Andy, I didn’t answer your question but as the link suggests you are right in that they are omnidirectional. I ham going to see if I can add them to my collection. They would be fun.

Regards,

On 13 May 2020, at 19:22, Anders Holmberg <anders@...> wrote:

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@... <mailto:gena@...>>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


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To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






Gena

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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Hamit Campos
 

Ah yeah than 35 must be the 1 Neal sent. He sent it to the Reaper list. I've yet to finish that 1.

On 5/13/2020 12:17 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Hamit,

No 36 is out.


On 13 May 2020, at 17:04, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Is 35 the newest 1? IF so no I've meant to just haven't gotten to it. Will do soon though. Thanks for the reminder.

On 5/13/2020 11:13 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Hamit,

Out of interest do you listen to Mosen at large (specifically 35)? He is singing from the roof about the F6 as it has an iPhone app which is not perfect but gives access to functions we have never had access to before.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 16:07, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Actually Gena there's 1 place where I'll give it to ya. Dynamic mics. This is also true for the H5 but much much less oddly enough. Same for the H4N Pro. The H6 in this respect is again as noisy as the Olympus LS-100. Now can't say on the F6 as no one's demoed dynamics on that yet and Neal hasn't demoed dynamics on his 744-T so can't say nothing on that either.

On 5/13/2020 11:02 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

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Re: Microphones for Zoom

Anders Holmberg
 

Hi!
What are these bsm 9 mics?
I guess they’re really expensive in price.
/A

13 maj 2020 kl. 00:51 skrev Georgina Joyce <gena@...>:

Hello Andy,

The better way and professional way is to mic up each member of the band with a mic that has the dynamic range of that sound source. So a mic for a guitarist is different to that for a vocalist. If the band wanted you to make a CD for them this is what you need to do. These mics would be cardioid polar pattern.

Right at the other end you have a covert recording where you would have a smart phone or other recording device in your pocket and wear a tie pin omnidirectional microphone. Such a recording will not include the close up details as the above professional recording.

Somewhere in the middle of those two extremes is where in the real every day world that we live in. The disadvantage of the omnidirectional is that it picks up everything, so in the pub situation someone puts a glass down on the table and it is now a part of the music. I think every pub has a squeaky door, so when someone goes to the toilet, those sounds become a part of the music. It is not until we start recording we realise how much our mind filters out. If we want to hear the band we unconsciously filter out the noise made by the others in the audience. But the recorder does not filter this out, if the mic hears it then it is heard on the recording. Which actually can sound better than a studio recording because it has character.

In answer to your question. I don’t know. It is for you to try different mics in different situations so that you learn what you like. But you have said that you want a big sound stage which means you want a omnidirectional. When you have experienced the limitations of those mics you might want to narrow the stage to get less of the unwanted noise and better subject matter. It is only you who knows what you want to gain and how much you want to learn against how much you just want to get the job done. We are not computers so can’t be programmed to understand we need some experience to work from. You have done a recording of a dawn chorus and it is up to you. Either to accept that is how it is or think how can I make the next one different.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 23:15, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi again Georgina.

I understand what you are saying about viewing a TV, in terms of sound. So I need to consentrate on an dinamic omnidirectional microphone, to get a wider picture?

Funny though, for I'm also hoping to buy another set of BSM 9's Binaural clip on Microphones from America. These are fantastic microphones with a very good bridth of sound, particually when out and about in a city with all the traffic and street sounds. Is this type of microphone known as an omnidirectional microphone also?

It seems to me that now I may know the type of microphone I need, I can forget all about other types of mics.

It also sounds to me that, to record a five piece accustic band, at my local pubwho are normall about 15 ft away covering an area length of about 12 ft is achievable using such a microphone as would be recording bird calls some 25 Ft above my head, to the front, covering a distance of about 30 Ft.

So tomorrow I'll look at the Accessable Youtube and search only for omnidirectional microphones? There will still be hundreds of varying models though.

Need to be very mindful however about what you were saying about moisture, particularry when out early in the morning with a heavy morning duew.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:08 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

If you were able to watch a television would you want to stand back and get the whole picture with reasonable detail. Then you want a omnidirectional microphone that you can protect from the weather. As some condenser mics are easily destroyed by moisture. So on that logic you are looking at a dynamic omnidirectional. The quality is dependent upon the size of your wallet.

However, if you want more detailed image then you would get closer to the television and just focus upon a smaller area but at greater death and detail. The Shotguns would record birds in a small group of trees not one bird in a particular tree as others have suggested. The cardioid pattern is like imagining the mic has a funnel on the end of it. So the further from the mic the wider the spread. But never to its sides or back. Thus if you had a noisy road or farm machinery you could place the mic so those sources are behind the mic.

It is fun to try different microphones and see what harvests your fields. If you do use a quiet dynamic microphone you might want to consider using a fethead so that you don’t have to crank up those pre-amps. They are really terrible on the H6.

Regards,





On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Georgina Joyce
 

Hello Hamit,

No 36 is out.


On 13 May 2020, at 17:04, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Is 35 the newest 1? IF so no I've meant to just haven't gotten to it. Will do soon though. Thanks for the reminder.

On 5/13/2020 11:13 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Hamit,

Out of interest do you listen to Mosen at large (specifically 35)? He is singing from the roof about the F6 as it has an iPhone app which is not perfect but gives access to functions we have never had access to before.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 16:07, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Actually Gena there's 1 place where I'll give it to ya. Dynamic mics. This is also true for the H5 but much much less oddly enough. Same for the H4N Pro. The H6 in this respect is again as noisy as the Olympus LS-100. Now can't say on the F6 as no one's demoed dynamics on that yet and Neal hasn't demoed dynamics on his 744-T so can't say nothing on that either.

On 5/13/2020 11:02 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Hamit Campos
 

Is 35 the newest 1? IF so no I've meant to just haven't gotten to it. Will do soon though. Thanks for the reminder.

On 5/13/2020 11:13 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Hamit,

Out of interest do you listen to Mosen at large (specifically 35)? He is singing from the roof about the F6 as it has an iPhone app which is not perfect but gives access to functions we have never had access to before.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 16:07, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Actually Gena there's 1 place where I'll give it to ya. Dynamic mics. This is also true for the H5 but much much less oddly enough. Same for the H4N Pro. The H6 in this respect is again as noisy as the Olympus LS-100. Now can't say on the F6 as no one's demoed dynamics on that yet and Neal hasn't demoed dynamics on his 744-T so can't say nothing on that either.

On 5/13/2020 11:02 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Georgina Joyce
 

Hello Hamit,

Out of interest do you listen to Mosen at large (specifically 35)? He is singing from the roof about the F6 as it has an iPhone app which is not perfect but gives access to functions we have never had access to before.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 16:07, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Actually Gena there's 1 place where I'll give it to ya. Dynamic mics. This is also true for the H5 but much much less oddly enough. Same for the H4N Pro. The H6 in this respect is again as noisy as the Olympus LS-100. Now can't say on the F6 as no one's demoed dynamics on that yet and Neal hasn't demoed dynamics on his 744-T so can't say nothing on that either.

On 5/13/2020 11:02 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
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Loc: IO83PS
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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Hamit Campos
 

Yeah I didn't know until Abby her self told me. I asked her because I wanted a true way of making sure the volume level was truely equal on boath XLRs for the AT-8022. Because if not that will efect the stereo immadg.

On 5/13/2020 11:07 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Hamit,

Thanks, there are some things I’s not thought about. However, I so far have focused upon mono recordings. I didn’t know about or remember that the scale was 1 -10.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 15:48, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Ooooo ouch. Harsh. Ahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahaha! Na but yeah the H6 is pretty quiet. Unless you really pump the pre-amps. Then yes they do hiss. But yes the pres are verry much like the LS-100 pres but for the fact that the H6 is crisper. Now for those that may not remember Neal's LS-100 review the pre in that and thus the ones in the H6 are only 1 turn of the nob louder floor noise wize then the $4000 Sound Devices 744-T. However if you really want Sound Devices almost mixing desk silence then the H recorders ain't for you. You then must step up to the F recorders. So as to Gena's question at hand about setting up a recording I agree with most of what's been said here. I'd add make sure the mics are well placed where you want them, and for those like me where if the thing doesn't talk I get confused as to where I am, make sure someone sighted has helped you set your sample rate and bit depth you want and that they have also powered the XLRs if you are using condencers. Other than that you should be good. Now I don't know how many of you are aware the level settings on the H6 are numbered 1 threw 10. I always have my neice Abby make sure they are either at 5 or 5 and a half. This is important especially for Stereo or Quadrophonic surround sound so the chanals are balanced.

On 5/13/2020 8:52 AM, Aidan wrote:
If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73


Gena

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Gena

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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Hamit Campos
 

Actually Gena there's 1 place where I'll give it to ya. Dynamic mics. This is also true for the H5 but much much less oddly enough. Same for the H4N Pro. The H6 in this respect is again as noisy as the Olympus LS-100. Now can't say on the F6 as no one's demoed dynamics on that yet and Neal hasn't demoed dynamics on his 744-T so can't say nothing on that either.

On 5/13/2020 11:02 AM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73


Gena

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DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
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Gena

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Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Georgina Joyce
 

Hello Hamit,

Thanks, there are some things I’s not thought about. However, I so far have focused upon mono recordings. I didn’t know about or remember that the scale was 1 -10.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 15:48, Hamit Campos <hamitcampos@...> wrote:

Ooooo ouch. Harsh. Ahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahaha! Na but yeah the H6 is pretty quiet. Unless you really pump the pre-amps. Then yes they do hiss. But yes the pres are verry much like the LS-100 pres but for the fact that the H6 is crisper. Now for those that may not remember Neal's LS-100 review the pre in that and thus the ones in the H6 are only 1 turn of the nob louder floor noise wize then the $4000 Sound Devices 744-T. However if you really want Sound Devices almost mixing desk silence then the H recorders ain't for you. You then must step up to the F recorders. So as to Gena's question at hand about setting up a recording I agree with most of what's been said here. I'd add make sure the mics are well placed where you want them, and for those like me where if the thing doesn't talk I get confused as to where I am, make sure someone sighted has helped you set your sample rate and bit depth you want and that they have also powered the XLRs if you are using condencers. Other than that you should be good. Now I don't know how many of you are aware the level settings on the H6 are numbered 1 threw 10. I always have my neice Abby make sure they are either at 5 or 5 and a half. This is important especially for Stereo or Quadrophonic surround sound so the chanals are balanced.

On 5/13/2020 8:52 AM, Aidan wrote:
If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73


Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73





Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73

Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Georgina Joyce
 

Hello Aidan,

Well I am picky, there is nothing wrong in getting the best out of the equipment. The Zoom 6 pre-amps are renowned for their hiss. It would be useful to share your tips to get the most from the recorder.

Regards,


On 13 May 2020, at 13:52, Aidan <aidan.smarttalk@...> wrote:

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73



Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73





Gena

Call: M0EBP
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Loc: IO83PS
73

Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Hamit Campos
 

Ooooo ouch. Harsh. Ahahahahahahaahahahahahahahahahahaahaha! Na but yeah the H6 is pretty quiet. Unless you really pump the pre-amps. Then yes they do hiss. But yes the pres are verry much like the LS-100 pres but for the fact that the H6 is crisper. Now for those that may not remember Neal's LS-100 review the pre in that and thus the ones in the H6 are only 1 turn of the nob louder floor noise wize then the $4000 Sound Devices 744-T. However if you really want Sound Devices almost mixing desk silence then the H recorders ain't for you. You then must step up to the F recorders. So as to Gena's question at hand about setting up a recording I agree with most of what's been said here. I'd add make sure the mics are well placed where you want them, and for those like me where if the thing doesn't talk I get confused as to where I am, make sure someone sighted has helped you set your sample rate and bit depth you want and that they have also powered the XLRs if you are using condencers. Other than that you should be good. Now I don't know how many of you are aware the level settings on the H6 are numbered 1 threw 10. I always have my neice Abby make sure they are either at 5 or 5 and a half. This is important especially for Stereo or Quadrophonic surround sound so the chanals are balanced.

On 5/13/2020 8:52 AM, Aidan wrote:
If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73


Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73




Re: Microphones for Zoom

Hamit Campos
 

Now also on the midside ball Neal says he likes it. It's 1 of the best builtin midside set ups he's seen. I don't like it much though because it sounds kinda fake to me. Sounds a bit like an SRS Wow effect. Don't want to judge too harshly since I've not heard true midside but for that little rain clip neal made for his mic placement podcast. But yes it's real nice and wide.

On 5/12/2020 6:26 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Hamit.

it's the mid side I was using.  A very broad sount front though seem a little noisier than the XY clip, as  they sound a bit noisier.

I'll have a go at your instructions for pasting a url to a particular file, though I don't use Google chrome, though use Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, so your instructions may still work for me.
.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Andy with youtube well assuming and sorry if I forgot assuming you can post live links in your message just go back to said video you wanted to shair, if using google chrome hit F6 grabb that adress by cutting it than paste it into your email. No need for a folder. Now this right angle clip mic. Which 1 do u mean? There's the 1 with the 2 barrel capsels you can turn. This is the XY snap off. there's also a ball. This is the mid side mic set up. But assuming you meant the XY setup, what didn't you like about them? They're nice. Sure they aren't studio mics. But nice and crisp. Role them backwards towards you and they are at 120 degrees XY.

On 5/12/2020 5:44 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Georgina.

There is a double space halfway down my message to the list. In there was supposed to be a Sendspace link to a very recent recording of the Dawn Chorus from my garden. On looking again to my message I see that the Sendspace link is missing.

I was hoping to let you all heare my Zoom H6 with the right angle clip on microphone recording the dozens of birds I have in my garden, but I suppose that I forgot to paste it in there.

Another member had today asked me to give here the Youtube link as she didn't have a Senspace account. Unfortunately, I don't have a Youtube folder so could'nt help her out.

Thats a great pity as I'd have loved for you all to listen and tell me what is wrong with my recording.

Very best wishes.

Andy.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

When you ask to guess, what are you asking? What is it you don’t like about it?

Regards,

On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Re: Microphones for Zoom

Hamit Campos
 

Ah the mid side ball. Okay. So what don't you like about it? Like how did it capture the birds that you didn't like? Now you do understand the mid side technique right? It's using 2 seperate mics. A cardioid which even Gina has meantioned here. The 1 with the heart shaped signel. But also a figure of 8 capsel. This figure of 8 or by derectional capsle as Podcastage the dude Gena was saying dances around the mics calls it as you can probabaly guess hears out of the sides. So the ideal thing is to aim the mics directly at a particular sorce and the mid cardioid mic captures it whilst the figure of 8 gives you that stereo spread. Meh I prefer the XY mics just because they are better mics sound wize and they also can take up to 136 DB SPL. If they took 2 more they could handle the Victory Bell syren at 100 feet away. Man that thing is cool. It's an air rade syren powered by a truck engine. No but yeah to make things easy from what you said you want if it's just you want better quality the AT-8022 stereo mic will do. Or if you want to save money and don't care to use phantum power the AT-2022 will also do. Neal has 1 and now at least as far as the F6 goes is out of luck. Because the thing doesn't have quarter intch jaccks. Nor can you use the snap offs.

On 5/12/2020 6:26 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Hamit.

it's the mid side I was using.  A very broad sount front though seem a little noisier than the XY clip, as  they sound a bit noisier.

I'll have a go at your instructions for pasting a url to a particular file, though I don't use Google chrome, though use Internet Explorer and Outlook Express, so your instructions may still work for me.
.


Very best wishes.

Andy.

----- Original Message ----- From: "Hamit Campos" <hamitcampos@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 10:56 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Andy with youtube well assuming and sorry if I forgot assuming you can post live links in your message just go back to said video you wanted to shair, if using google chrome hit F6 grabb that adress by cutting it than paste it into your email. No need for a folder. Now this right angle clip mic. Which 1 do u mean? There's the 1 with the 2 barrel capsels you can turn. This is the XY snap off. there's also a ball. This is the mid side mic set up. But assuming you meant the XY setup, what didn't you like about them? They're nice. Sure they aren't studio mics. But nice and crisp. Role them backwards towards you and they are at 120 degrees XY.

On 5/12/2020 5:44 PM, Andy via groups.io wrote:
Hi Georgina.

There is a double space halfway down my message to the list. In there was supposed to be a Sendspace link to a very recent recording of the Dawn Chorus from my garden. On looking again to my message I see that the Sendspace link is missing.

I was hoping to let you all heare my Zoom H6 with the right angle clip on microphone recording the dozens of birds I have in my garden, but I suppose that I forgot to paste it in there.

Another member had today asked me to give here the Youtube link as she didn't have a Senspace account. Unfortunately, I don't have a Youtube folder so could'nt help her out.

Thats a great pity as I'd have loved for you all to listen and tell me what is wrong with my recording.

Very best wishes.

Andy.


----- Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello Andy,

When you ask to guess, what are you asking? What is it you don’t like about it?

Regards,

On 12 May 2020, at 18:33, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

Getting more confused as the day goes on.

The Road NT1 is a no-no as I normally listen to sounds in sterio - it's just the way I am. Perhaps the NT1 is a fantastic Podcast microphone, but just about everything that I'm keen on recording requires a degree of width,

I'm totally not interested in recording a single bird, though I can see the attraction if making a collection of birds inone country or area.

Know, for a down chorus I'd be looking for a sterio outdoor microphone with a wide spread.

For example, here is a sample of my own International Dawn Chorus, recorded at my farm on the 3 May, using the Zoom H6 with the clip on right angle microphone.


Can you guess what is wrong with my recording?

https://www.sendspace.com/file/ox1jos

I have now purchased the newer Zoom F8n and wish a XLR sterio Microphone with a very good Dead Cat because my place is about 300 feet above the River Clyde, so is rather windy. - What do they use in Texas???

Hamit suggests that if the Nt1 is not for me, then perhaps I should look at the NT4. So I looked it up in Accessable Youtube .

It's about £600 and is a USB microphone, which I think would make it a good podcasting microphone, for a home studio computer.

So I'm at a bit of a loss at the moment and need to give it a lote more consideration.

Perhaps I can find out what I'm looking for using the link: How to Record Bird Songs and Calls - Nature Recording | Audubon, provided earlier today by Gena.



Very best wishes.

Andy.



for -----


Original Message ----- From: "Georgina Joyce" <gena@...>
To: <all-audio@groups.io>
Sent: Tuesday, May 12, 2020 5:02 PM
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom


Hello John,

Fare point, as Andrew had done some research and considered that a shotgun might be the solution I thought he was wanting to focus upon one bird or those birds in a small area. As I pointed out the pickup area is shown as a heart shape. The number of channels does not express the polar pattern. If Andrew wants to record a wide stage then that is an omnidirectional microphone he requires. Not a stereo unless it is omnidirectional. Of course, if andrew wants that binaural affect then again it is something else. Thus there are plenty of options for Andy and many choices and it is for him to decide what the end result is that he requires. i.e. What size stage does Andy want?

There is a youtube reviewer of microphones who dances around the microphones so you can hear the extent of the pattern.

Regards,
On 12 May 2020, at 15:43, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

I had a look at the link. Most bird watchers want to focus-record an individual bird song sometimes out of many background songs. A dawn Chorus is all the birds in the area - not just a single bird. As Hamit suggests a stereo mike might be more likely to do this successfully.

PS: last time I heard Andy was living in rural Scotland, so maybe not a big garden, but a lot of habitat. I know birds are territorial, but they tend to sing from adjoining gardens to, and I'm sure Andy isn't so possessive he only wants the birds singing in just his garden alone. You'll find a dawn chorus is just as big weather heard from a small garden or an estate for that very reason. 😉

John

-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 12 May 2020 14:41
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello John,

They don’t cut out sharply it’s usually shown as a heart shape tapering down to the point. Obviously, Andy has done some research and his post caused me to do so as I use a shotgun in the booth. Andy did not want ambient sound. He wanted to record bird song from his garden. Unless he lives in a huge estate it is not going to be that wide of a field. I found that bird watchers use a shotgun mic although this is with a camera. Even professional sound recordist uses a shotgun. See this:

https://www.audubon.org/news/a-beginners-guide-recording-bird-vocalizations

Regards,


On 12 May 2020, at 14:20, John Gurd via groups.io <j.gurd=ntlworld.com@groups.io> wrote:

From what I've read a shot-gun mike is so directional that even being off-target a little will result in poor quality sound. I doubt it would be the best for ambient recordings.

John


-----Original Message-----
From: all-audio@groups.io <all-audio@groups.io> On Behalf Of Georgina Joyce
Sent: 11 May 2020 14:16
To: all-audio@groups.io
Subject: Re: [all-audio] Microphones for Zoom

Hello Andy,

It is down to you and how much you want to spend. I follow the Booth Junky who uses a shotgun microphone a lot. He uses the Sennheiser MKH-416. I haven’t been able to afford one of those but I do have the MKH-166 which I purchased used from eBay. I absolutely love it and is my mic of choice. I think that would really do the job.

Regards,




On 11 May 2020, at 13:25, Andy via groups.io <meikle.aiden=btinternet.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi all.

I've got both the Zoom H6 and the F8n, but the only microphones I have are the 2 clip on ones that I origionally got with the H6.

I'm wanting to record the Dawn Chorus in my garden but don't have a clue as to which microphone , or best type, to buy and where to buy it.

I think I need a directional Shot-gun microphone with a large Dead-Cat windscreen, and also about 3 meters of cable with the appropriate XLR plugs.

Can anyone please give me some advice.

Also, My Zoom H6 is playing up. I think I've changed an inportant option within the menues. I tried recording bird calls and the recording was extremely poor. Is there perhaps a function within the H6 that Re-sets the device back to factory settings.

I hope you are all okay and enjoying this period of noise pelution silence to get very nice recordings. If so I'd love to here some samples.

Very best wishes and please take care of yourselves.

Andy Logue from Scotland.






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73






Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73







Re: Recording from recorders like Zoom - How would you do it?

Aidan
 

If using something like h6 I cannot really imagine that you would need
to apply noise filters. Unless you very picky.

On 5/13/20, Georgina Joyce <gena@...> wrote:
Hello Tim,

Interesting, if using a non destructive DAW like reaper, if it is
incorrectly applied simply undo it. I am not familiar with using expanders.
But the noise comes from whatever equipment. Very few mics have a
undetectable noise floor and even the best pre-amps have some noise. So a
light touch of post processing is likely to be required. But as you rightly
point out it is down to the environment and what purpose the recording is to
serve.

Thanks,



On 13 May 2020, at 12:23, tim cumings <thcumings@...> wrote:

I agree about most of theadvice here. However i would be careful about
using a noise gate. If set incorrectly, a noise gate can make things sound
worse than better. A downward expander would be better, but if you are
using a quality mic and have recording levels set properly, even a
downward expander probably isn't necessary, depending on what you are
recording.


On 5/12/2020 5:30 PM, Georgina Joyce wrote:
Hello All,

Rather than making the current discussion on Zoom Microphones. very long
I thought I would ask the community of their experiences and how they
undertake a recording? As I was not sure if Andy wanted tips on recording
techniques I thought such a thread would help him and those of us who
have a Zoom.

Firstly, I would record in wav. Then use reaper to apply a noise gate.
This removes hiss and other quiet unwanted noises.

I would not use a capsule on the recorder unless it was the only mic
available for that application. Using such a mic I would secure the
recorder and start the recording early so that I could discard the first
second as it will contain handling noise.

I would not wear noisy clothing or jewellery and try to get away from the
active recording space. It is surprising how clothing, shoes and bangles
rustle and jangle when you are trying to be quiet.

Then it is about choosing the mic for the sound stage I am trying to
capture. Remembering that the wider stage means that I have to be that
much quieter. It could pick me up breathing and moving my feet.

Then there are practical considerations such as power for the Zoom and
protection from wind and rain.

Of the top of my head these are the considerations I would employ before
a recording. So what about your experiences and approach?

Regards,

Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73



Gena

Call: M0EBP
DMR ID: 2346259
Loc: IO83PS
73