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    wind through casuarinas


    I've been wondering, how could one success at recording the sound of wind blowing? Of course wind makes no sound by itself, I mean the varied noises produced when it hits objects like leaves, rocks, branches, etc. Is it better a stereo microphone, a shotgun, or what?

    I am asking because a friend of mine says he enjoys hearing the wind passing throug casuarinas trees (australian pine, ironwood), and I'd would like to register it for him as a present.
    The problem is that this sound is... so 'difusse' so to say - and quite low in addition. Even with a foam wind screen on, each time I tried to record casuarinas I got more from the wind on the mic that on the tree foliage itself!

    I would appreciate any recommendation (or hint on where I could get this particular sound)

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    I've been wondering, how could one success at recording the sound of wind blowing? Of course wind makes no sound by itself, I mean the varied noises produced when it hits objects like leaves, rocks, branches, etc. Is it better a stereo microphone, a shotgun, or what?

    I am asking because a friend of mine says he enjoys hearing the wind passing throug casuarinas trees (australian pine, ironwood), and I'd would like to register it for him as a present.
    The problem is that this sound is... so 'difusse' so to say - and quite low in addition. Even with a foam wind screen on, each time I tried to record casuarinas I got more from the wind on the mic that on the tree foliage itself!

    I would appreciate any recommendation (or hint on where I could get this particular sound)

    Foam windscreens don't do a very good job, an inch of foam just isn't going to do the trick.
    You really need a zepplin like a Rycote windjammer http://www.rycote.com/products/windjammer/default.asp or a DPA wind pac http://www.dpamicrophones.com/ . They are not cheap, but they do a good job of keeping wind away from the mic itself while allowing sound to pass through. The more distance from the wall of the zepplin to the microphone, the better.
    -Richard

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    ¬°Dios mio, not cheap! But who knows, maybe next Christmas. Anyway, thanks for the info, Richard.

    Dob

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    hi Dobroide,

    im actually trying to work out how to create one myself, because imho the rycotes and Dpa's of the world are extremely overpriced if you look at the tech and material thats employed. Ive allready decided how to my own suspension system, similar to the design on the DPA.

    Im still looking for ways to create the windscreen. Suggestions are welcome smile

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    Hi Anton,

    yes, they r probably made in gold judging from the price : -)

    Too bad I haven't seen or touched a real one, but how about this for the zeppelin, 4 mm plastic meshwire? Light, sound transparent (likely) and seems easy to build a cylinder any length, then covered with a hairy cover or whatever. What do you think?

    http://img373.imageshack.us/img373/4963/dsc020963ls.th.jpg

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    yeah that is a nice start but arent you creating an antenna with the metal in the wire mash that will peak up RF (radio frequency) signals?

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    don't think so. This material has no metal inside, it's just plastic (yet stiff enough since it is welded)
    But how to fasten a handle to the cylinder?

    This guy uses rigid PVC tube to make a shockmount

    This one shows several methods to support the mic

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    this site offers very cheap shockmounts
    http://www.tensimount.com

    got it from this thread on psw http://recforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/t/424/0

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