Field recording



Inspired both by this thread and some of the documentaries I’ve been watching recently, here’s a field-recording based track, condensed and slightly processed from a 20 minute original. I try to present the sonic characters of the three rivers flowing past my house, trying to give the listener enough time to appreciate the detail, but switching between sounds quickly enough to make comparisons, and not get bored!

Might be a bit trite seeing as it’s mainly white noise, with some slight stereo delay and DIY-resonator effect using Logic’s graphic EQ, but I enjoy listening to it.


Howdy. I bought some Ambeo Binaural head/micro/phones recently, and just assembled a little track of my initial forays into having the means to be constantly able to record binaural audio… I would love Love LOVE though, if anyone had an iPhone app that they would recommend, that is up and recording asap - needs to be stereo - I am currently using AUM, as it has provided the most reliability, but if there were a dedicated field recorder out there that prioritized how quickly from app-tap to rec it goes, that would be swell - missing a moment here and there is fine, but would be swell to have that extra edge…


(note - some of this track is experiments having to do with the iphone-ness of the headset - so, there’s experiments in sending the binaual feed through bluetooth to a speaker, and playing w the feedback (can hear in the steel drum sounds) as well as an experiment with recording while listening to some synth stuff in the phones (just checking how well the insulation between the earphone element and mic elements work - was pleased at the results (can slightly hear synth through recording, but in a pleasing way))


Jeez, I wish we’d met when I lived in Louisville. Then again, maybe we did - were you a Dreamland-goer?

Edit: oh, duh. You’re Connor Shedding, ha.


Have you lot seen the Hooke Audio Verse?

I was a keen binaural recorder back in the late nineties/early oughts with various flavors of plugin-powered electrets and MiniDisc. The prospect of returning to that certainly has some appeal.


I’ve just finished making my own binaural head. I’m so pleased with it, it sounds great.
The head is fibreglass and was modelled on Queen Victoria originally apparently. I looked for ages for a good mannequin head and someone ended up giving me this and it’s perfect. The ears are silicone and from micbooster but i found them on ebay really cheap. It’s on a Rode shock mount which is really important, on a manfrotto lighting stand and the whole thing is super light and portable.
I’ve built it so you can swap out the mics easily, currently DPA4060 pair in there but I’m waiting for a pair of LOM mikroUši.

I will post some audio soon


Here’s the only good recording I managed to put together after 4 days of searching for interesting sounds in Plymouth. It would seem the bay’s name is somewhat ironic, as it’s a rather quiet place. Thankfully the local fishermen had plans to make some noise out on the Sound and invited me along. I may or may not agree with their politics - I don’t think that’s important. Hope you enjoy.


Any suggestions on the best t-bar for these new LOM Usi mounts?

Ideally it can be something compact for transport and also so that it could mount on those smaller moldable tripods that are so handy for field recording.

Any wisdom would be appreciated :slight_smile:


Would something like this work?

I’ve got one of these at the minute, which I hope might do the job before I drop an order in:

Would appreciate any thoughts too


Yeah, just be careful about the threadings. There’s a bunch of different standards, so if the Usi holder does use a different one than the bar, you need adapters.


I’m finding this to be quite useful, even if I still need to work out a couple adapters - and also because it allows me to put another mic in the middle or a Jecklin Disk in the middle:


LOM sites says that the Usi mounts can be used with Rycote windshields but that some disassembly is required for it to work.
Does anyone have an idea which of Rycotes windshields this would work with?


what this means is that the lyres provided in the Usi mounts are compatible with the Rycote windshield systems. All their systems feature a bar in which you screw the relevant lyres for your mic. This bar also serves as a support on which you slide/fix the windshield itself.
The differences between lyres are the diameter of the mic clip and the softness/rigidity of the suspension.
So in this case when buying the Usi mount you get the appropriate lyres for their mics, mounted on a threaded support. Should you want to mount the mics in a Rycote system, you already have the lyres, just need to unscrew them from their original holder and put them in the new system.
Otherwise, they recommend these wind protection (size 4) on their wiki.


thank you, ermina. That helps me understand it much better. Appreciated.


The BBC have made an archive of 16000+ sound effect+field recordings available (and downloadable in .wav format).

I’ve no doubt there will be some gems lurking here!

… plus the background image is :sunglasses:


Regarding the recent BBC release:

I looked at the license they offer, and it didn’t look amenable to musical use, even non-commercial. Since the BBC page invited “queries regarding usage” I wrote to them.

They replied that the BBC library was already available under a license that would allow musical use. The library is $5,000, available at:

They do offer a smaller “historical” collection, that appears to be about the same size as the recent release, for only $1,200.


BBC just shared a library of 16,016 freely available sounds effects. it contains a crazy variety of samples - the first page has a doll saying ‘mama,’ a waterfall, a parrot talking, a [really pleasant] surface grinder, and a rifle firing, among others.

i have no idea how i’m going to make use of it, but given the general interest in field recording and cool sampling modules around here i thought it would be worth sharing. maybe i’ll plug a bunch of this stuff into w/ in the next couple days?


I thought this sounded nice, but the usage license seems restrictive.


@mzero mentioned elsewhere that the BBC has a license for musicians. $4,999:

or there’s a smaller “historical” set for $1,199.

The library linked in the OP is only for non-commercial use. That means you can’t make a track with it and post it on Soundcloud (because advertising).


oh geez, i figured that sort of thing would be fine since the track would be freely available.

well nevermind then, the clipper ship recording was pretty pleasant but probably not worth $4,999