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Old thread reached bump limit and 404'd, so I figured I'd start a new one of these. Share your new and old recordings, tips and tricks, gear and equipment recommendations, etc.
Just went out in the field with my new Tascam DR-100MkIII. Was rather impressed with the preamps and quality of the recordings but I still have to get the hang of the proper input levels.

Here's a recording taken today at a new spot I visited, along with the desert spring in pic related. The recording has been unedited aside from cutting off the head and tail of the recording and boosting the loudness to TR-B32 standards. I had the input levels set at "18.0" while recording, as well as the built-in low-cut filter set to 220Hz. Huge improvement over the DR-05, probably even more so when I get better at using the device to its full potential. Let me know what you think, thanks! The band-tailed pigeons periodically hooting in the background are my favorite part. Thankfully the recorder did not pick up much of the thousands of flies/mosquitos/annoying flying insects swarming my exposed skin and face. They weren't bad in the meadow areas but were hellish in the shade of the forest canopy.

And here's another from today that I just uploaded, a duet by a pair of Scott's Orioles. Really beautiful songs they have, IMO.


Here's one more clip highlighting the song of the Scott's Oriole. This audio was a happy incidental result of trying to chase down and photograph one of these birds. While in the process of stalking it up the hillside, this guy re-located right next to my active recorder, so I was able to capture this very clear audio. Might have to try this form of strategic relocation again in the future!
I recorded this camping out late the other night. I was hoping someone could ID it for me

Interesting recording, is that you playing? Can't be of much help in identifying the birds in your recording, unfortunately.


Here's a clip of some mourning doves calling and taking off. Quality is kind of crap, it was windy and I had my input levels set pretty high.
Nice Tascam
Innawoods recording
I wish I could go out recording but I've had the hardest few months of my life. First exam is tomorrow. Kill me now.
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changed location, my Sony's also out there by the coyote den.
for a second I read that as "my son's..." kek
ive already got 50 hours of audio to review and both recorders are still /out/ there.

perhaps someone skilled in gait analysis can ID the creature walking down the creek here:

deer maybe
There's so much going on in that first one. There's also this pecking noise from around 8:00 on, that's the part I like best, the place feels really alive. Those Scott's Orioles in the second one are beautiful, one of them has a throaty voice that feels like it's one the verge of breaking up, it's great. But as far as pure birdsong goes I like the third one more, the second one is strongly focused too but sounds more roomy.
For this one >>1293460 yeah it's pretty noisy, but perhaps take the levels down a bit in post? It works better as an ambient thing than as a focus on the birds imo

I feel you anon. same here, work + uni is killing me, still haven't had any time to take the new mics out proper. On top of that looks like I'll have to get a job that'll hold me fast in the city this summer. goddamn.

You got yourself a bigfoot diggor
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too bad my trailcam was 150 yards away pointing in the opposite direction.

with 2 recorders going I got over 100 hours of audio.
my main target was this kind of frog:
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Thanks for the feedback! Yes, that place is very active with birds, especially if get there at dawn. Tons of Acorn Woodpeckers, they were all over the place. I returned yesterday and got some nice new recordings, still have to sort through and process them. I visited a pond nearby at dawn and got this recording, love those red-winged blackbirds!


Good stuff, what kind of recording setup do you have there with the two mics? What are the mics and what do you have them connected to?

Pic related, saw this yesterday morning on the way to my recording sites.
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wow, that pond has it going on. makes me want to hit a pond for the solstice.
I'm trying my hand at spaced omnis. they're Sennheiser mkh20p48. They came with some spiffy shock mounts. I've used tripods and a mic stand with the mounts but here they're screwed into threaded rods hammered into the earth. strapped to the tree is some paper packing material, poor-man's acoustic tile
.../out/ recording
>tfw never getting anything better than the C01U

On the up side, the Nikon D3400 camera has an "okay" sound capture for video. I took this an hour or more ago. Also, no drilling rigs!

That is actually quite nice Sam, good deal!
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what a tease, I could watch for hours. Sounds like you got the same frogs there.
forgot to mention the mics are plugged into a SD mixpre-3.
a positively cringe-worthy video of me finding the rig after leaving it 24 hours innawoods: https://youtu.be/GhdKIyxAqLY

considering what this thing costs it's a little unnerving to realize a group of youngsters walked right past it:
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> unnerving to realize a group of youngsters walked right past it

I find that pretty much everywhere, except no-go zones in massive parks, there will always be people crawling all over everything at any given time. Even in the no-go zones there's always someone like myself too. lol

>Sounds like you got the same frogs there.

Eastern USA.


lol yeah, well I was actually doing other stuff, trying to get pics of lightning bugs in the pitch dark. Here's the only "good" one I could get.

>body: D3400
>lens: vintage Nikkor-S Auto 50mm f/1.4
>exp: 8 sec
>ap: f/1.4
>iso: 100

super cool dudes, I just got a Tascam DR-05, going to use it on canoe trips to get some quality audio to accompany some visuals
Noice! Looking forward to that.
What exactly is the appeal of field recording as a hobby?
To have background nature ambiance on while I'm shagging ur mum
Why not just listen to prerecorded field recordings? Are there just not many good ones out there?
Do you ask this of anyone who creates their own content or do you just have an irrational hatred of this hobby in particular?
I don't have any disdain for it. You're right. It's a perfectly reasonable hobby. I can see the appeal.
I can't see the appeal of collecting stamps and I even tried it for like a month. People still find it appealing and it isn't like they can really share that with anyone, like what can be done with audio recordings.
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For me it's similar to photography. I enjoy documenting the places I go, and it's challenging to get a really vivid sense of place in a recording. I listen back over the years and it's like being immersed in the time and place I was at all over again, like a sonic scrapbook. I like all my recordings but they get better over time, just like the way photos preserve memories. The difference is the soundscape is much more immersive, it documents the entire environment around you just as it happened. I like to think of photography being able to capture the corner of the restaurant you were sitting, or the food on the table, but sound recordings are almost like capturing the smell of the kitchen.
Not to diss or anything but why did you try it if you can't see the appeal? If you have no interest on the subject matter it's pretty obvious the collecting is going to be bland.
>Sonic scrapbook
Last thread I did a long, pretentious drunken rant about the nature of sound. It all boils down to curiosity, the will to experience things in a different way, and the love of both the recording practice and of what you record.
And cool frogs. Just get out there and have fun! Or stay home, pour yourself a good one and turn the stereo on. Here's last thread if you're interested. https://archive.nyafuu.org/out/thread/1179828/
You really don't know until you try. It is about perspective change. I didn't know until I tried and what I saw was a deep well. I don't collect anything not directly useful to me now.
I’m pretty happy with audio from this weekend. Hope to upload some tonight

Very nice

>tfw waking up to the morning cacophony of sounds like that
I’ve stealth camped there a few times and in my dreams always aware of the surroundings. At home if I fall asleep listening to the audio I’m back in the woods.
(I'm the guy you were responding to)

I guess I wanted to ask if there was some practical skill you felt like you were getting out of it.
None at all. Just hobby.
Field recording is an exercise of patience and exploration, both of which I find generally beneficial and productive to have in life. It also makes you listen out for smaller details in your environment, which contributes to how you perceive - well, anything really. Attentiveness is
a virtue.

That said, a lot of specifially wildlife recordists use the "drop and recover" technique which I don't think really practice any of these skills (or at least not as much); I think those people just like nature.
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I've collected a lot of audio already this month. The Sony needs to dry out after a pop up thunderstorm. Going after the sunrise with my newer rig.
>tfw too hot to go out and record

Fuck summer. At least where I'm at.
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Drink lots of water, wear a comically wide hat, and white clothing.
Im interested in field recording of songbirds, and I want to get a good recording device to start out. Any recs?
Like a specific bird you can see with your eyes or just birds in the area?
Mostly Chickadee's some thrushes. They're what I record/film now with my canon t3i, but I want to try to broaden my horizons in terms of what I record, where, for how long.
i.e the type of recording where I'm not necessarily recording a specific bird/group of birds.
I was trying to differentiate between pointing a directional mic at a bird that is singing or leaving a mic in a location to catch the entire ambience of the area.
I'm looking at omni-directional, because I'm interested in capturing the sounds of the forests as well as the birds.

And like I said, not necessarily setting up a mic to record a specific bird in one area
Depends on your budget mang, probably want to start with something like the H1 or the DR-05 but if you want to expand to external mics someday you might want a bigger unit (although it might be best to just start with a small/convenient recorder and then upgrade altogether someday)

looks like a good place to start, thanks
Tascam DR-05 is a great choice as a beginner, it's cheap (I bought mine for $89) and very user friendly. If you place it in a good spot with a lot of close activity you will make some decent recordings. I used one for 6 months and was pretty satisfied with the results but keep in mind it has pretty shitty pre-amps so quite a bit of self-noise/hiss that is hard to get rid of with editing. Because of that I saved up and switched to a Tascam DR-100mkIII (~$400) which has much higher quality pre-amps and the ability to upgrade to high-quality external mics via XLR connectors. I would recommend both but if you have the money I would recommend getting a DR-100 or equivalent from the start for more options. The MkIII is vastly improved over the MkII so don't think they are equivalent models aside from the name.

I was also looking into the Zoom H4N Pro before deciding on the Tascam, which supposedly has pretty high quality pre-amps so sound quality should be good. It's available for $200 and seems to be built with the field-recording market in mind.

I've uploaded several files for both the DR-05 and DR-100 if you're interested in some samples.



Also, make sure to invest in a good tripod and windscreen from the start.
My Sunday morning recording poses a few challenges. An opossum savagely attacked the right mic chomping off some pieces and carried it off a way. Then at sunrise a couple songbirds landed right on the mics and sent the levels to 0.0
Conditions are ideal here, but whenever there’s downtime I have loads of old recordings to edit
Yeah, you need to make sure you wash your hands with unscented soap before handling anything that stays out in the field. Also, the mic covers and dead cats need to be washed from time to time in the same manner. They can pick up cooking odors (and other interesting odors) from your home that animals will be attracted to.
went to the beach but it was slackwater and I forgot my preamps. living is painful lads
>failure to observe olfactory discipline
Should have mentioned that the mic itself was unscathed. The foam windscreen took the brunt of mr Opossum’s rage, triggered possibly by the absence of bait.
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bump, made some recordings today. Forgot my headphones so couldn't tell what it sounded like in the field, have to check them out later and see if I got anything worth keeping. It was really windy so not expecting much.

I did see some cool stuff though, including this dogfight between a red-tailed hawk and an aggressive small bird. The small one actually landed a few hits.
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A sign in the Brussels lace need to go out and record
wow what a mountian of difference between the two, I'm definitely leaning towards the 100mkIII after hearing that
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sunrise was a bit subdued, maybe due to the rain. Mix of species has changed, sounds like the Robins have quit for the season.

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>tfw the soundcloud embed seems to never have a volume control

Very nice, but there's that one pop that is totally out of place even if it was something happening. I'm listening to much the same thing outside my window right now at dawn.
>*saved for winter listening*

I like it.
Very nice
it's summer and diggor keeps the thread alive. whew
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thanks guys I put that on soundcloud to show how insects kept landing on the mics instead of the pineapple. the main point is the changing soundscape as the season progresses.


rain during the night wasn't very interesting but kept the foam windscreens damp.

also a question: iZotope RX allows me to join up multiple .wav files up to eight or more gigs. many programs recognize these as legit wav files. How is that even possible and wouldit be useful to upload these?
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I'll have 48 hours of recording when the weekend's done.
My pack still running around out there
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pop up storms are coming this way so need to get my lazy ass back innawoods,but the liquor store doesn't open for another 27 mins

>question 8GB wav files
if you don't really need them to be that long in the end, i'd try to stay below chops of 2GB. Several wave editors ran into problems opening bigger files.
Uploading such size monsters only makes sense when the last bit of quality is required for production. FLAC may help for archiving without loss (50%); ogg or mp3 for all the rest of uses.
lets keep this bumbed
Currently scrounging around my scrap materials bins and the industrial zone dumpsters, looking for suitable baffle material for a Jecklin.. The gear for a spaced pair practically fits in my pocket but it takes ages to set up for good results, until I'm more experienced it kind of defeats the "on the go" mentality. The trade-off is painful.
Haven't recorded anything in two months but shitty city ambiences, but I found a spot in the nearby woods with incredibly close birdsong in the shrubs and short saplings by a footpath. Might have a go at it next week I hope.
In the meantime, fantastic material by digrpat as always.
>>1326454 all online services convert the files when you upload them, some are more sketchy than others (MJC had really helpful advice regarding Youtube's procedure in the last thread if anyone else is interested.) IMO lossless isn't of much use for diffusion once you exit the production stage because it'll be butchered after. Just like with video (which is another whole can of worms) it's much more necessary to tailor your export to the specific platform or device you have to use.
>baffle material
It’s already Thursday and the urge to record is strong.
July was a hard month for real world problems but I did get some good audio.
Bump, I need to get out again before all the birds are gone. Has been a shitty summer so far for outdoors stuff, sadly.
Same here I’m going to bag up my mics and head out this afternoon
I was wondering where you were going with that... Yeah that's some awesome baffle alright, did it get pecked any?
Also I upgraded to RX6 and wonder about the file joining you mentioned, apart from composite view I don't see anything? Can you really join multiple files back to back and export them as one in RX? Google doesn't mention anything of the sort but that would be incredibly helpful.

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they left the melon alone probably because there was better bait nearby.
concatenating tracks should be possible in any audio editor. go to track 1 "select all" then copy to clipboard. go to track 2 put the cursor at 0:00 and paste. The weird part is Rx 6 allows you to create wav files that are way bigger than the 4 gigs that unsigned integer could address. even stranger is that many other programs handle these monsters just fine.
Bump, will try to get out this weekend now that the weather is cooling down.
I meant week
last weekend got me some nice ambiance

i was hoping to get the coyotes to replay this
but with my recorder levels set low enough not to clip
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Bumping with some hummingbird noises I recorded at one of the springs I visit. Crazy how artificial their wings sound!


This audio was recorded at level 12 at 96k, with no editing aside from cutting the file and setting the loudness to TR-B32 standard. I feel like 96k gives me a cleaner recording than 44.1, I think I'll keep using it.
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In one of my 1st field recordings (April 2015) something buzzed the recorder at sundown. I thought it was an insect or bat but the the waveform revealed 47 beats per sec. Only pic related could produce that. Never knew there were hummers in the area so early, trees hadn't fully leafed out yet. Since then I usually disable the red LED
did you dump dirt all over your $1200 mics o_o
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yes, just a light dusting
cinnamon kills ants and repels beetles
did you dump cinnamon all over your $1200 mics o_o
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There was a dozen airplanes during the early morning.
Still got some interesting owl activity

Kinda sounds reckless that way.
just sprinkled a bit on the back end
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bump, no recordings my last two trips but did see some awesome birds.

>Since then I usually disable the red LED

Does the light scare off birds like hummingbirds? I might have to start consciously covering up or disabling my recorder's LEDs if so.
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I disabled the LED to extend battery life. Ruby-throated hummingbirds are attracted to the color red. It seemed a little cruel to have them buzzing around without getting any nectar. One time (pic) I hung a feeder next to my recorder, the 'possum thought it was a piñata.
impressive recording, anon
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thanks for listening
that juicy minute was pulled out from 21 hours of recordings last weekend.
I put a 9½ hour version on youtube
weather is a bit unsettled right now
my coyotes sang a couple of tunes
no clipping this time but the 2nd is marred by an airplane

So I'm taking Herpetology this semester and part of our grade is taking an inventory of the amphibians in a wetland by identifying frog calls. I was wanting to pick up a recorder so I could replay them later to help identify them. Would a Tascam DR05 be good for this? I've seen it recommended in this thread and threads before, but I wanted to make sure the audio would be clear enough to pick up frogs calling across a small lake and make identification easy. I'm a total beginner to this, so any help would be appreciated.
Yeah the DR-05 will be quite good for that. Like most entry/midlevel handheld recorders it has some nasty handling noise so get a little tripod or be prepared to prop it up to record, rather than hold it. But in terms of sensitivity and noise, it'll be good. Just set your record levels, point and shoot.
Any bites?
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sure, recorder was still going 22 hours later.
cicadas in the late afternoon gradually replaced by crickets & tree frogs
2 am a large clumsy animal (deer?) is moving around.
sunrise has a mix of songbirds, some I recognize:

I notice some ringing especially around 7:00
levels were probably set too high

my 2 am visitor
bump, will try to do some recording this weekend
Me too if we get a break
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>my 2 am visitor
I wouldn't worry about it
Break came couple days later
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I've got 60+ hours of audio to check out
at least one visitation in there:
This is the most autistic shit I've seen on 4chan.
And I've been here a long fucking time.
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I bet neither of those those things are true anon.
> been here a long time
> never saw field recording thread

I've seen plenty, maybe I've posted this before. Have you been In every sound thread? Faggot.
Unfortunately it is true.
Still going
This one is great anon. Reminds me of early morning fishing.
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I recorded 120 hours of audio last week.
It'll take a while to go through it all and my Soundcloud is stuffed full.

Nice my dude

Have a bump
Nice, you recorded these yourself?
What is the purpose of this?
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what's the purpose of anything anon
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Should be /out/ there recording on the equinox but I'm working some messed up hours this weekend. It's been a great season.
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The purpose of life is to post frogs.
The song at the beginning of the recording is a Common Yellowthroat. Eastern Towhee is singing throughout, with a Song Sparrow singing a couple times and an Ovenbird heard more distantly at one point. The trills throughout are some type of tree frog.
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With sundown at 7:30 it's hard to get out there with 20lbs of raw chicken and 3 salamis before dark. The resident coyote began singing while I was still in the area.
The rest of the pack joined in befor I made it to the ridge top.
hindsight is 20/20 but i should have traded one bottle of beer for a flashlight.
Chilly damp evening is ideal for testing my mics.
The right channel is stronger in these recordings; is it possible to balance this in post without recking the stereo image?
Anyone record videos of them hiking? Not some faggot vlog but just video of the trail.
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This is a great topic, unfortunately I left my good camera somewhere in the woods last year. Videos off my phone are truly awful.
Haha, this is some next level Schneider disk/ dummy head! love it
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I did an action cam on my head once on a pretty steep hike, ended up being pretty garbo and never really attempted t again. Use it on my mtb a lot though and that's okay.
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Bump, attempted to get a field recording at a rapid stream, might have actually been too close, active and loud to make for a good recording (water sounded like noise/hiss), will have to edit it later. Any tips on recording near loud water sources?


Pic and vid related.
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I hope to get out again before the 1st frost hits. It's already time to be looking for some off-season recording ideas.
Whenever listening to a track where water dominates, I have to keep getting up to use the restroom.
>It's already time to be looking for some off-season recording ideas.

So quiet out here
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...still some interesting sounds
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Bumping so I can check out these recordings later. Pic unrelated
Nice owls senpai
2018’s not over yet
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Louisianafag here, I have a good mic, I wish I would have seen this a couple months back, the sound of the swamp in the middle of summer is insanely loud
Good shit, op.
A single cricket chirping for 21 hours and this minute: https://soundcloud.com/digrpat/181021x
So,this is something that happened to me, but what would you all do if you found out that your recordings had been used in a video, but you've been credited without you ever knowing.
I do photography and this has happened to me before. If whoever is stealing my shit isn't making money from it I don't care but I'd still try to contact them to credit me properly with at least a link to my flickr when that's not already the case. I did not have to deal with someone using one of my picture in monetized content yet but if it happened I'd threaten them with some legal action even if I would not even bother actually doing anything.
Depends on whether its used in a good or shitty production.
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A little mystery for Halloween. There's a sound of tires howling at sunset but (pic related) only horse trails and unpaved logging roads nearby.

My guess is that a bowhunter on an ATV was racing to get back before dark.

If this is about the "Happy Flute" thing I'll delete my version.
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Happy Floote-anon here. I didn't make the post you're replying to and as far as I care Anon's Happy Floote belongs to all of us.
The coyote sounds fantastic.
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I've got a few more to upload, hope to make a "Greatest Hits of 2018" album in .wav format available... just in time for the holidays.

Bump, you definitely have enough good material for one.
I’d like to get recordings for every month this year. I can tell it’s been a good year by the way my backpack smells: Smoke, DEET, coyote bitch-in-heat urine, catfish bait, chicken blood, cinnamon, bacon fat, and skunk.
Favorite /out/ thread.
Thank you for your service
Any tips on solo filming a nature documentary? I’ve been thinking of starting easy and doing one about the wildlife in my city (Denver). I’ve had no luck with this on /an/ or /tv/.
I would like to narrate myself, too. People always told me they enjoyed me reading in class, and I do have a very soft voice though I think it is kind of reedy. I know my voice is soft because I’ve been told that a lot and I have always had hearing loss.
What do skunks sound like?
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Listening to examples on youtube, their sound is hard to describe. Last year with my Sony PCM-D100 I got something similar, like a baby crying and buzzing bees. The trailcam showed a possum in the area. I was hoping the skunk scent would attract owls or other predators. One weird sound I recorded last week was probably squirrels in their nest
>narrate myself
Search for "voice over" for ideas on this.
iirc this old woman has a tutorial.
has anyone listened to Jana Winderen's recent release? haunting stuff: https://janawinderen.bandcamp.com/album/spring-bloom-in-the-marginal-ice-zone

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