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Swamp Noises at night

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Published on Aug 11, 2012

Now that I have a really good recorder, I thought I'd record some of the wonderful wild sounds in my environment that I've been hoping to capture for some time now. These sounds are completely raw, the only editing does was to clip the desired audio chunks from the larger, longer sound file and to turn it up a little.

The sound recorder I'm using is a TASCAM DR-40 4 track digital recorder - http://amzn.to/RAsLz2.

I've used the DR-40's internal microphones to record this, even the vocal track. I used a DIY pop filter when recording the voice over with the microphones aimed straight forward, mounted on a gorillapod ( http://amzn.to/Mom178 ). The unit has two external microphone jacks, but I didn't want to worry about more pole to get knocked around when recording the wild sounds. I selected the TASCAM recorder over the Zoom H4N because of its ability to expand the microphones into an A-B pattern rather than the X-Y pattern to get a broader sampling of the space for getting room tone and spatial expanses like the swamp.

The windscreen you see on in one section of video is the Rode Dead Kitten (miserable name, I know) - http://amzn.to/OatK6X

The fill lighting on the first shot of the DR-40 is provided by the Neweer CN-160 160 LED video light - http://amzn.to/N3dao3




I designed my kit around the ability to use AA rechargeable batteries in everything. That way I only need to buy one type of battery, and can always have a batch recharging, or just run an buy a big box of alkalines if I'm really in a pinch. I just get 2450mAH Energizer rechargables with low depletion rates. http://amzn.to/PLXHYA (They're also good for Wii controllers)

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