Nov 29 2014
Recording Handel’s ‘Israel In Egypt’ performed by the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus in St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide. Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF & DPA 4006A Omni spaced at 44cm
Nov 29 2014
Recording ‘Requiem’ by John Rutter performed by the Adelaide University Choral Society in Christ Church, North Adelaide. The Nagra Seven is feeding channel 5 on the Nagra VI. Channels 1 & 2 on the Nagra VI carried a pair of Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF and channels 3 & 4 a pair of DPA 4006A Omni spaced at 40cm. Channel 5 was fed by a Schoeps CCM8Lg on the harp in the orchestra (via the Nagra Seven). The CCM8Lg went into channel 1 on the Nagra Seven. I took the AES output from the Seven and fed it’s channel 1 to channel 5 on the Nagra VI (via the Nagra VI AES Input and set the Nagra VI to accept the clocking at 96kHz from ‘AES A’ in the ‘Clock Reference’ menu)
And, although the Schoeps CCM8 is going into the left channel of the Nagra Seven, it’s destined for a right channel in the final mix. You can see the output matrix switch for channel 5 (on the Nagra VI) is set to the right channel. And the AES into channel 5 will feed both 5 & 6 but, since there is nothing on channel 6, you’ll see that it’s not armed for recording.
To set the levels for channel 5, I use the gains on the Nagra Seven. The AES passes it along to the Nagra VI without anything further needing to be done (in relation to levels between the two machines). Also, you don’t need to have the Seven in ‘Record’ just putting it into ‘Test’ will still feed the AES output, as seen in this photo.
Unedited MP3 samples of this recording can be heard here
Oct 19 2014
Arrived yesterday from Switzerland. First use today. Truly magnificent.
Oct 14 2013
A steady rain fell during the night so just after 6:00am I put my Schoeps M/S pair and Rycote Blimp in the carport. Raised high enough into the eaves to get the rain lightly hitting the roof and the trickle of water into the gutter.
Kookaburras waking up and testing their voice, Magpies choralling, New Holland Honey Eaters chirping and the Red Wattle Bird’s rattling cough. The occasional ‘creek’ of Pseudophryne bibronii, the Bibron’s Toadlet that is hiding amongst our plants.
A Spur Winged Plover can be heard 4 minutes into the recording. If you’ve been attack by one of these whilst trying to cross it’s nesting ground, you NEVER forget the sound. Many nights I have woken suddenly as one of the nearby nesting Plovers warns off a cat or fox. For several years, we had a Plover nesting about 20 metres from our bedroom window. Each year it would nest within a metre or so of the previous spot. One year I felt sorry for it sitting on the nest on freezing rain, so I built a small makeshift shelter over the spot and I like to think it was happier because of it. One of our Suffolk Rams was alone in a paddock having ‘done his thing’ with the ewes, and would sit next to it for company. The Plover would stand on the Rams head and beat him around the ears with its wings, but the ram wouldn’t give up. Eventually the Plover was the one that gave up and accepted the rams presence, and it was always amusing to watch it walk over and sit down when the bird returned to the nest.
Several years ago, a husband & wife further along our road got divorced. He got the car, she got the kids and for some reason, we got his pigeons and they’ve inhabited our barn since. They can be heard waking up, followed shortly after by an approaching train as the recording ends.
This is about 11:30 long MP3 encoded at 256 kbps (about 21 Mb)
Sep 20 2013
Sep 19 2013
I think that somewhere deep down, we all love the sound of trains. I do, and I’m not sure if the kid in me won’t let go of the enjoyment of these sounds, or my older romantic side just wants these behemoths to keep travelling around our country, providing the goods and services that they always have. This freight train, having originated in Melbourne, is passing through Balhannah, at 10:50 am today, about an hour from Adelaide.
Although this train sounds as though it’s going in the same direction, (left to right) it’s actually heading to Melbourne. I recorded it at 8:30 pm tonight near Blakiston, but on the other side of the track. I’m guessing that it was doing about 40 kmh as it passed which took two minutes. That makes it about 1,300 metres long.
Recording set-up consists of two Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF configuration, inside a Schoeps/Rycote blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)
Sep 16 2013
I finally managed to record some thunder. Since I’ve had this gear we’ve not had a decent thunder storm. Or, if we have, I’ve been elsewhere without any recording equipment with me. This is a mix of several hours of recordings today. I basically hit record and went and watched TV to catch up on all the documentaries I’ve recorded over the last few weeks. (ABC have had some good programs on lately) These have been ‘time’ edited to remove the long wait for the next clap (commonly referred to in Meteorological circles as clapgaps and not to be confused with claptrap)
Recorded from under our carport using a Schoeps M/S pair of CCM4Lg & CCM8Lg directly into my SD 702 from the comfort of my lounge chair. I was concerned that the microphone stand may get hit by lightening, and Kerry would come home to a charred cable with a charred microphone at one end and a charred man wearing headphones at the other…..
Sep 15 2013
SA had a good soaking today with many areas of the State getting ‘golf ball’ sized hail. We don’t have mains water, so it’s nice to get the tanks topped up.
Recording set-up consists of a Schoeps CCM4Lg & CCM8Lg in M/S configuration, inside a Schoeps/Rycote blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)
Jul 30 2011
Recently I drove North from Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills to Innamincka (1,120 km) in South Australia’s far North East desert region. Then, a couple of days later, North East from Innamincka to Eromanga (410 km) in Qld’s South West corner. (Got that?) From there I travelled South to Broken Hill in NSW and then South West returning to Adelaide and, ultimately, Hahndorf (35km East of Adelaide). A total of just under 3,200 km, the last 1,300 km of that in one day (Eromanga 06:30 to Hahndorf 00:15 (17 hours & 45 minutes)). For the math wizards amongst you, the missing 370 km was taken up by driving around the local areas.
The majority of travel was on outback desert roads, but these were in good (although bumpy) dry condition. Spending two nights at Innamincka, I managed to drag myself out of bed on one of the very frosty mornings. The clear night sky had allowed the air to chill to very close to zero. So I reluctantly got out of bed before first light and walked to the Cooper Creek causeway on the edge of town.
This recording was made near a small body of water about 30 metres from the main Cooper Creek. Due to mud from receding water levels, I was unable to get as close to the Cooper as I would have liked. The roaring sound to the right, is the water of the Cooper Creek flooding over the causeway about 200 metres distant. I have edited the recording to remove the clicking of my camera (I didn’t realise how loud it was even at a distance).
I made another recording two days later, in the late afternoon at Eromanga, while relaxing with a book on the shady deck of our accommodation. I’ll post that shortly.
Jul 21 2011
You will remember an earlier post about the plovers nesting outside the bedroom window. Well, 3 of the 4 eggs have hatched, and they are running around looking cute. A few more weeks and they’ll be just as terrifying.