Field recording



Thought I’d share my budget mid-side setup with a rhode nt2a and a cheap cardioid pencil mic - works supprisingly well in the strong Scottish wind. Plugs into a Tascam DR-70d carried in a shoulder bag I made. The cardioid can be used handheld, on a boom or it screws into the bracket on the rhode for static stereo recording. I’ve used it for a bit of everything - booming for mini documentaries to soundscapes in the highlands!


I’m a fan of the coat hangar, but I found the setup and breakdown time to be a bit slow. I had NOT considered little clamps though and was using electrical tape. Good idea to use those!


Yeah clamps are the key. I try to never use tape on my cables … I hate that sticky residue.


Love the mounting construct! :grin:


Has anyone used line audio cm3’s for field recording? I’ve got one in my mailbox I picked up to replace my studio mic but have been wondering it’s viability in the field.


The general consensus is that they’re great value for money and sound much better than you’d expect. A lot of people recommend them especially for their light weight and longevity.


Not personally, but I’ve heard some nice recordings from others. The general consensus was that they needed sound devices grade preamps - as the mics are quite low sensitivity.


These clamps are just perfect! great trick! Also use them to keep solenoids in place sometimes.
It’s interesting that on the other hand some people recommend electrical tape to attach contact mics (eg. Jez Riley French) and to his support anything else I’ve tried didn’t really work for me. destroyed one contact mic using gaffer tape and blutack just won’t stick enough. I guess what I want to say though, is that I’m still looking for a solution, as I really can’t stand electrical tape.


Depending on the size of the object being recorded, I’ve used a sliding clamp to hold my JrF contact mic in place:

I didn’t notice much (if any) difference in resonance from the object being recorded. Double-sided tape yielded good results but it was also a near disaster- took forever to remove afterwards, though applying the side that’ll be in contact with the mic to something like a cloth before the mic would probably help.


Experts for nature recording suggest a maximum of 16 dB(A) mic self-noise level or lower.
Similarly, 10 dB(A) or lower has also been suggested for quiet natural locations.

DPA 4060 give 23dB(A) with 20mV/Pa sensitivity. So we can tell them noisy…

Here are two comparisson charts by Rob Danielson from naturerecordists mailing list on mic specifications. They are almost a decade old now and I can’t find them online anymore but still are very valuable resources:
Mics_16dBA.xls (106 KB)
MicNoiseSensv01.xls (307.5 KB)

Here is also a very useful paper from Rene on selecting mic preamps:
Selecting Mic Preamps.pdf (441.7 KB)


Those usi pros and the Telinga clip ons look great but usi is always sold out and Telinga is out of my price range, any suggestions for something similar and nearly as good?


My DIY binaural mic.


here’s ,my field recordiing track with zoom h1

field recordings are from countryside with sheeps and sheep milking


~ In the field today ~


Your mic looks awesome!



Here’s a short, late-afternoon sketch of the birdbath in my yard. After getting a steady drip of water going, there’s been quite a bit interest in the bath.

This was done with the DPA 4060 on a Jecklin disk. As I understand it, the disk wants an omni with a slight emphasis in the higher frequencies. I think the DPAs work nicely in this configuration.


I use a Sony D-100. It’s just a really wonderful recorder and recordings made with it just sound lovely. Way better then I previously got with my h1 and h4. Also better then recordings from friends with H6n I compared it with.
It’s to bad there is no XLR inputs on it especially for the size. But i must say I like these kind of recorders also a lot for the ease of use. Take out of the bag and press record.
I also use it with external diy binaurals, piezo contact mics and hydrophones.
It’s got a use range of gain which comes in handy. At the plus 10 setting it can get noisy but it might also help you get the almost impossible to get soft sounds.
One of the best investments I made.
I also still use my h1 for the the reason it’s just very light and cheap. I just use it recording unattended for some hours sometimes. I wouldn’t do that with my d-100