Archives for the month of: February, 2011

Last weekend I went back to my grandparents place together with a friend of mine. First I thought of trying to get some recordings of wind for this months theme from the Sound Collectors’ Club but as the weather was going to be calm I changed my mind and brought with me my mobile gear with the Eagle owl nesting close by in mind. Of course I ended up recording something completely different, namely ice, as no sign of the Eagle owl were to be found during our stay.

As you can hear below the recordings are in mono and colored by the ME64s’ self noise as this isn’t the quietest of mics. If I’d known in advance that I would end up recording ambient sounds I would have brought my much quieter NT1-As’ for stereo recording. But hey, you got to make do with what you got and I rather end up recording something than returning empty handed.

First we went down to the sea by night. I mounted the mic on the shoreline and we seated ourselves scanning the area for foxes while the recording was made. The temperature were about 11 degrees Celsius below zero.

 

The next morning I woke up rather early and went down to the same spot as the night before and made yet another recording.

At this point the temperature were about the same as the night before but the sun was warming. Yet another sign of an eagerly awaited spring. You can hear a flock of Greylag and Canada geese in the distance.

 

Geek note: Sennheiser ME64 -> Sony PCM-D50 [Some white noise removed afterwards, believe it or not.]

I’ve been playing around a bit with an Aquarian H2a hydrophone that I recently added to my collection of mics.

Image from Aqaurian audio

Below you can hear two recordings of heartbeats made with the contact mic adapter attached.

My heartbeats

 

Matildas heartbeats

 

In the last recording presented here the hydrophone with the attached contact mic adapter were placed at the bottom of a sink full of water that was drained.

 

Geek note: Aquarian H2a (contact mic adapter attached, xlr -> 3,5 mm adapter used) -> Sony PCM-D50 (plug in power on)

A couple of days ago this arrived at my local post office:

With winds blowing around 10m/s today I decided to go out for a test run bringing my Sennheiser ME64 and the Røde blimp. Being used to DIY windscreens as I am I must say that this blimp really impresses me with its performance.

The recording below is made at what probably is one of Malmö’s windiest spots; down by the ocean on Ön (an artificial island in Öresund). There were some strong gusts battering down on the blimp but my ME64 didn’t clip once even though I had chosen not to turn on the low cut filter for this test.

 

Having my mic suspended in a schockmount on a pistol grip I for the first time experienced the freedom of being able to poke my mic into holes. I found some cavities between the rocks of the breakwaters on Ön that I lowered my blimp into. I like the low frequency rumble emitted in between the rocks combined with the random splashes of water. At 2:05 you can hear an airplane going in for landing on Kastrup, Copenhagen’s airport situated across the straight.

 

Geek note: Sennheiser ME64 (mounted in a Røde blimp) -> Sony PCM-D50