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    Sorry about the pricey pillow xD The picture was the reason for posting the link. I bought mine for 10EUR at a furniture shop in my hometown.
    A Jecklin Disk is nice for great stereo recordings but could be too bulky for easy carrying and usage outside. Also the blimp required would be much larger.
    Perhaps something like this would be a good solution for frederic:
    http://www.trackseventeen.com/mic_rigs.html

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    Thanks everyone for your suggestions! This thread is now a nice mixture of recording tips and pictures of mic-eating animals. Really cool smile I think I'm quite happy with my setup as it is now, although the pre-amplifier noise is too high. Good quality pre-amplifiers are very expensive so I guess this will have to wait. What I should definitely invest on is a stereo cable, because having two cables taped together is a nightmare!

    frederic
    the freesound team
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    One last thing:

    eardeer wrote:
    http://www.trackseventeen.com/mic_rigs.html

    Yikes. Anyone who has ever tried placing a mic very close to a corner would probably wince at that idea. I'm 96.3% certain that reflections from those flat wood surfaces would not make a pleasant contribution the final sound. smile

    -- Keith W. Blackwell
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    In theory, I totally agree. I think I´ll try it anyway and I´m 3,7% certain it works!! tongue

    Joking aside, this kind of array could work well in some situations. If you are going to record stuff like birdsongs or silent ambiences the sonic energy would perhaps be low enough to not cause noticeable or destructive reflections.

    Perhaps some modifications can be made, like putting some absorbing material between wood and mics. Also the plain surfaces of the array should be more or less behind the targeting point of the microphone when using directional mics. And/or they can be arranged in certain angles to prevent direct reflections ...I think I´ll give it a shot next weekend and build something smile

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    zimbot wrote:
    One last thing:
    eardeer wrote:
    http://www.trackseventeen.com/mic_rigs.html

    Yikes. Anyone who has ever tried placing a mic very close to a corner would probably wince at that idea. I'm 96.3% certain that reflections from those flat wood surfaces would not make a pleasant contribution the final sound. smile

    I have built this array as a smaller and lighter alternative to my real SASS. I use Lom Usi mics. It works on the same "boundary" principle as the SASS, and while it isn't perfect it is easy to toss in my backpack with a small recorder and get nice results, or more currently putting out my window all night: https://freesound.org/people/tim.kahn/sounds/514282/

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    okay, I can see how if the capsule were very close to the boundary (like a Countryman only millimeters away), you get something like a PZM, but if the capsule is even an inch a way, you get some comb filtering centered at ... what, maybe 12 kHz? I won't bother doing the math. I just think this idea could probably benefit a great deal from having the surfaces nearest to the capsule be convex (as with a jecklin). Heck, just use nerf football (that's the oblong American kind of football) instead of straight boards. Just thinking out loud here. Feel free to ignore me. You use what sounds good to you, and I can't argue with that! smile

    -- Keith W. Blackwell
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    klankbeeld wrote:
    frederic.font wrote:
    Thanks @klankbeeld, your recordings inspire me smile

    Watch out. today I had my belongings unattended in the park for 3 hours. When I came back half my windjammer was eaten by a bird. he must have a nice nest now. smile

    Well friends, here is the windshield-destruction-story in sound and text.
    https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/518430/

    To hear, you first have to listen
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    klankbeeld wrote:
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    Well friends, here is the windshield-destruction-story in sound and text.
    https://freesound.org/people/klankbeeld/sounds/518430/

    Thank you klankbeeld.
    I feel really guilty because I have never smiled so hard at somebody else's misfortune.
    I think it must have been quite a big and strong bird with lot's of beak carrying capacity: Perhaps crow or magpie.
    There will be DNA in the poop if you want to turn to forensics.

    Heaven in the sky is to die for, Heaven on earth is to live for.
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    I've already sent the poo to the lab, but it's busy because of covid19

    To hear, you first have to listen
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    Damn covid, we'll never know which bird it was wink

    frederic
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    frederic.font wrote:
    Damn covid, we'll never know which bird it was wink

    I've been intrigued too.

    Thought there might be clues on social media, so wrote an algorithm for an automated search.
    Unfortunately it got stuck in an infinite iterative loop when it found Twitter.

    Should have started searching on Duck Duck Go.

    Have eliminated Crows and Magpies. Corvidae have tough arses and don't line their nests.

    Looking at birds which eat Rabbits and Hamsters - like Hawks.

    Wibby.

    Heaven in the sky is to die for, Heaven on earth is to live for.
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    ...probably a Sapropheliphagus[1] Minor

    [1] totally made up word for "eater of dead cats" smile

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    copyc4t wrote:
    ...probably a Sapropheliphagus[1] Minor

    [1] totally made up word for "eater of dead cats" smile

    Unfortunately being Dyslexic I cant read that without adding an 'h' after the first 'p', swapping the 'g' and the 'l' and visualizing a sexually predatory woman in a cat suit. (visualizing much easier to accomplish than describing the letterswapping.)

    I have no idea why I first went with hamster rather than feline.
    It was Cat woman's evil twin sister.

    Heaven in the sky is to die for, Heaven on earth is to live for.