My only New Year resolution is 24bit 192k multichannel, and in preparation for the Papua New Guinea field trip I’m investing in a few new mics – first is a pair of MKH80X0 mics, suspect it will be a matched 8040 pair in the tiny Rycote rigs but the other mic I am interested in is a parabolic dish, to put either my DPA4060s in or an MKH8020.
I have to confess I have never used a parabolic dish, although I understand how and why they work, and their shortcomings (eg low frequency response is dependent on the size of the dish) but I’d still love to try one before I invest – anyone local know anyone local with one? And failing that, have you used one? What was your experience? I understand they are super narrow in their pickup, which is why I’d like one for PNG – to isolate birds and/or insects – whenever I’d use it I’ll also be recording with multichannel ambience mics, so my motive is to capture isolated spot elements for ambiences….
I read this article about Bernie Krause who mentions the Telinga parabolic dishes and also his own DIY efforts – after checking the Telinga site it seems their flexible dish would be ideal for travel – ‘virtually unbreakable’ combined with the Universal kit for mounting and holding it…
So if you’ve used one, how have you found them for handling noise? And seeing as they are very directional, do you work with headphones on or off? What mic do you use with it & how are the results?
A few links to read if you’re interested:
– Nathans experiences at NoiseJockey
– A relevant question (and answers) on Yahoo Group nature recordists group
and a few example recordings:
Jim Morgan: “The recorded sound of a kitchen timer bell at 15, 30, 60, 90, 150, 300 feet. Note the significant attenuation of the higher frequencies that increase with distance. Recorded with a 23 inch Telinga Twin science parabolic microphone in an open field with no obstructions between the bell and microphone.”
Håkan Olsson: “Bat sound recording with Telinga and AT 4022 in an opening in the forrest. I only noticed one bat hunting.”