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Nov 29 2014

Nagra VI

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Recording Handel’s ‘Israel In Egypt’ performed by the Adelaide Philharmonia Chorus in St Peter’s Cathedral, North Adelaide. Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF & DPA 4006A Omni spaced at 44cm

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Nov 29 2014

Nagra VI & Seven

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Nagra Seven feeding Channel 5 on the Nagra VI

Nagra Seven feeding Channel 5 on the Nagra VI

Recording ‘Requiem’ by John Rutter performed by the Adelaide University Choral Society in Christ Church, North Adelaide. The Nagra Seven is feeding channel 5 on the Nagra VI. Channels 1 & 2 on the Nagra VI carried a pair of Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF and channels 3 & 4 a pair of DPA 4006A Omni spaced at 40cm. Channel 5 was fed by a Schoeps CCM8Lg on the harp in the orchestra (via the Nagra Seven). The CCM8Lg went into channel 1 on the Nagra Seven. I took the AES output from the Seven and fed it’s channel 1 to channel 5 on the Nagra VI (via the Nagra VI AES Input and set the Nagra VI to accept the clocking at 96kHz from ‘AES A’ in the ‘Clock Reference’ menu)
    

And, although the Schoeps CCM8 is going into the left channel of the Nagra Seven, it’s destined for a right channel in the final mix. You can see the output matrix switch for channel 5 (on the Nagra VI) is set to the right channel. And the AES into channel 5 will feed both 5 & 6 but, since there is nothing on channel 6, you’ll see that it’s not armed for recording.
    

To set the levels for channel 5, I use the gains on the Nagra Seven. The AES passes it along to the Nagra VI without anything further needing to be done (in relation to levels between the two machines). Also, you don’t need to have the Seven in ‘Record’ just putting it into ‘Test’ will still feed the AES output, as seen in this photo.
        
Unedited MP3 samples of this recording can be heard here
            

Oct 19 2014

Nagra VI Anniversary Model – A thing of beauty.

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Hills Choral Society - St Columbia Church

Hills Choral Society – St Columbia Church

Arrived yesterday from Switzerland. First use today. Truly magnificent.

Sep 20 2013

Australian Magpie

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Magpie Singing

Magpie Singing

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Jul 30 2011

Innamincka Rising

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Recently I drove North from Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills to Innamincka (1,120 km) in South Australia’s far North East desert region. Then, a couple of days later, North East from Innamincka to Eromanga (410 km) in Qld’s South West corner. (Got that?) From there I travelled South to Broken Hill in NSW and then South West returning to Adelaide and, ultimately, Hahndorf (35km East of Adelaide). A total of just under 3,200 km, the last 1,300 km of that in one day (Eromanga 06:30 to Hahndorf 00:15 (17 hours & 45 minutes)). For the math wizards amongst you, the missing 370 km was taken up by driving around the local areas.

The majority of travel was on outback desert roads, but these were in good (although bumpy) dry condition. Spending two nights at Innamincka, I managed to drag myself out of bed on one of the very frosty mornings. The clear night sky had allowed the air to chill to very close to zero. So I reluctantly got out of bed before first light and walked to the Cooper Creek causeway on the edge of town.

This recording was made near a small body of water about 30 metres from the main Cooper Creek. Due to mud from receding water levels, I was unable to get as close to the Cooper as I would have liked. The roaring sound to the right, is the water of the Cooper Creek flooding over the causeway about 200 metres distant. I have edited the recording to remove the clicking of my camera (I didn’t realise how loud it was even at a distance).

 

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First light. Looking East from the recording location

First light. Looking East from the recording location as the sun rises.

 

Innamincka Causeway in the early light

Innamincka Causeway in the early light

 

The Cooper Creek is on the other side of the bushes

The Cooper Creek is on the other side of the bushes

 

Late afternoon looking east from road between the causeway and town

Late afternoon looking east from road between the causeway and town

 

I made another recording two days later, in the late afternoon at Eromanga, while relaxing with a book on the shady deck of our accommodation. I’ll post that shortly.

 

 

Jul 21 2011

Terror from the skies – Update

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You will remember an earlier post about the plovers nesting outside the bedroom window. Well, 3 of the 4 eggs have hatched, and they are running around looking cute. A few more weeks and they’ll be just as terrifying.

Plover calmly sitting on the nest, just outside the bedroom window.

Plover calmly sitting on the nest, just outside the bedroom window.

Check the spur on the front of the wing.

Check the spur on the front of the wing.

Ah, look. A litle plover before it becomes a nightmare.

Ah, look. A litle plover before it becomes a nightmare.

Stay away. Or else.

Stay away. Or else.

I'll just duck under here thank you.

I'll just duck under here thank you.

I did warn you.

I did warn you.

A coordinated attack.

A coordinated attack.

Jun 27 2011

Terror in the skies!!!!

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Plovers nest on the ground and, during nesting season, will often terrorise anyone trying to walk through a park, an oval or even crossing the medium strip of a road. If any of you have had the misfortune of being attacked by the Spur Winged Plover, their attack calls are something you never forget. For the last 16 years, Spur Winged Plovers have been nesting in our paddock. Each year, a pair nest within 10 metres of the year before. The image below shows the current nest about 3 metres from the bedroom window. In the night, their protective calls are the things nightmares grow from.

I found this photo on Wiki that clearly shows the spur on the leading edge of the wing. Being hit by the spur causes severe pain and the blood to flow quite freely.

They attack with a coordinated effort. One bird will fly up and swoop in from the front and the other, having circled around, will come in at 90 degrees to the first. They both arrive on target within a second of each other and from two directions. One calling, to distract you, and the other often silent.

In flying, pilots perform what is called a procedure turn. Fly away from an object, turn 90 degrees (in either direction) reverse the turn and continue for 270 degrees to come back at the object. Plovers have mastered this manouvre with ease. I’ve watched this happen time after time. Attack, swoop past, turn, reverse, attack. What a fantastic bird.

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Spur Winged Plover Nest.

Spur Winged Plover Nest.

Well camouflaged eggs. Always four of them.

Well camouflaged eggs. Always four of them.

Mar 07 2011

Power Of The Past – 2011

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It’s that time of the year again for the two day gathering that is the ‘Power Of The Past’ in Mt Barker. With another great display of stationary engines.

The sounds that emanate from them range from fast stacatto clicking, to slow clunking thumps, to asthmatic wheezing and arthritic groans.

Whilst this event has a lot of engines running at once, I’ve tried to capture individual engines without too much background noise. Not always successful, but still very satisfying.

Last year’s event can be heard here.


Austral Kerosene Engine with a Comet Number 2 Pumping Head attached

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Illman Seed Cleaner

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Tom Thumb

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Austral/Ronaldson Tippet Petrol Engine

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Ruston Hornsby

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Associated Chore Boy

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Pit Spirit Engine

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Lister Junior Type A

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Bartram Engine – 1916

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IHC type ‘M’ made in 11/2 , 3 , 6, 10 hp. (Thank you Anton Affentranger)

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Metters Nufrend Spray Pump driven by a Petter Kero Engine

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Lister junior – 1952

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Rolls Royce Supercharged Diesel Engine

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Hornsby 1918 belonging to Malcolm Vandepeer – (thank you John Wright for the information)

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Hornsby – 1918

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Blackstone T.P.T Diesel Engine

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Crossley NNN Series – 1908

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Rosebery

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Recording set-up consists of a Schoeps CCM4Lg & CCM8Lg in M/S configuration, inside a Schoeps/Rycote blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96 & converted to MP3 at 320 kbps)

Apr 02 2010

Schoeps CCM4Lg – ORTF in Schoeps/Rycote blimp

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I usually have my blimp filled with a Schoeps CCM4Lg/CCM8Lg in M/S configuration. But it was suggested to me that ORTF is very good for ambient recording, giving a nice stereo image. So after a bit of thought I came up with a way to use ORTF in my Schoeps/Rycote stereo blimp. This blimp is usually supplied for the M/S rig by Schoeps. Using the theory that a picture tells a thousand words, here is a 13,000 word instruction manual on how to do it. Be aware that this method is only good for use when mounting the blimp on a tripod or stand because there is only one clip holding it. And the handle is still in it’s normal orientation.

Apr 02 2010

Schoeps CCM4Lg – ORTF in a Schoeps/Rycote blimp

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This blimp is usually supplied for the M/S rig by Schoeps.

Be aware that this method is only good for use when mounting the blimp on a tripod or stand because there is only one clip holding it. And the handle is still in it’s normal orientation. Having said that, it is very stable inside the cage when used as suggested.



This is the ConBox in normal M/S configuration.


For ORTF, you need to turn the ConBox around.


And run the XLR cable back over and down through the cable holder.


Use a single clip (instead of the double M/S clip) to mount the Schoeps ORTF bar.


You'll notice it sits central. But when the CCM4Lg's are in position, they'll sit to far forward.


Use another rubber band to pull the ORTF bar 'off centre'. I used one of kerry's elastic hair ties.


It now sits in a more useful position.


The capsule of the CCM4Lg is now sitting centrally in the ring.


Looking good.


There's plenty of clearance inside the cage.


A nice clean set up.


One more for luck.


Just like a bought one.

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