Posts Tagged ‘Sennheiser’

North India Field Recording on SoundCloud

September 26, 2009

Just posted an excerpt of the field recordings I did in North India earlier this year. Using SoundCloud for the first time for this.

Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH8020/ MKH30 MS stereo microphone configuration to a Sound Devices 702 recorder. MS converted to AB stereo at the recorder stage.

SoundCloud uploads are transcoded to 128 kbps mp3 format for streaming. That’s still twice as good as MySpace.

Recording in North India with Chris Watson

March 2, 2009

Beginning of next month I will be going on a recording trip to Corbett National Park in North India. On the trip also will be Chris Watson.

Corbett is situated in the foothills of the Himalaya mountains in the Nainital and Pauri Garhwal districts of Uttaranchal at altitudes ranging from 400m to 1100m. The forests, jungles and grasslands feature some of the richest wildlife in the Indian sub-continent.


Mammals are typically Rhesus Macaques, Langurs, Leopards, Jungle Cat, Leopard Cat, Fishing Cat, Dhole, Jackals, Red Fox, Sloth Bear and the Black Bear. Near to 600 species of birds can be observed and reptiles are typically the Gharial Crocodile, the Muggar (Marsh Crocodile) but also the Indian Python, Viper and the King Cobra.

This will be a unique opportunity once again to work with Chris and learn from the master in wildlife recording.

My recording kit so far looks like this:

Sound Devices 702 recorder
Sennheiser MKH 8020/ MKH 30 mid side kit
DPA 4060 spaced omni kit

Mid-side and the MKH 8020

November 1, 2008

This is slowly becoming a series.  I posted a recording to Freesound where I am testing the new Sennheiser MKH 8020 omnidirectional microphone as the mid microphone with my MKH 30 as the side mic.

The low end response of the MKH 8020 is very very impressive.  It is more sensitive than the MKH 20 omni (31mV/Pa compared to 25mV/Pa) and adds a few dB to the high end response. Beyond 20 kHz the frequency response goes all the way up to 60 kHz. It’s also very small: diameter 1.9 cm, length 7.4 cm. The pair fitted in my size 3 Rycote windjammer.

Better low end response is what you expect from an omnidirectional microphone as I explained in earlier posts but the MKH 8020 is in a league of it’s own. So, curiosity put to the test I set out in Brussels city center. The “carbon chorus” of the city never fails you if you are looking for those low frequencies. With so much low end energy setting levels proved a bit of a challenge. Dynamic bandwith gets eaten fast and limiters kicked in often.

The sample on Freesound is a recording of the air vent of an airco system. A giant outlet of 2 by 5 meter or so. That night it all came together. Traffic, airplanes, the airco system everything in perfect harmony.

Hear the recording here: Air,

or jump to the Drones Sample pack.

Mid-side recording setup tests

June 11, 2008

Following my previous post on the mid-side recording microphone setup I have posted 6 recordings testing different microphones and configurations to Freesound.

All recordings in this series were done with a Sound Devices 302 field mixer to a Sound Devices 702 recorder. Mixer gain set at +60dB and fader level at +7.5dB across all mic configurations. For the MS+M setup one recording had the fader level set at 0dB. Mixer and recorder line up was done at full scale. No low cut filtering was set on either device. Recordings were matrixed to L-R stereo at the mixer stage.

The differences between recordings are subtle and become more obvious through analyzers. Interesting things to look at are frequency spectrum, stereo correlation and peak and RMS levels. Recordings were done sequentially meaning one setup after the other. Samples presented were cut from the original recordings to get more or less equal soundscapes to make comparing easier. Recordings are presented unmodified. All recordings are approximately one minute in length.

Microphones used:
Pearl MSH-10
DPA 4060
Sennheiser MKH 40
Sennheiser MKH 30

Complete sample pack: “Mid Side test setup

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