Archive for the month of September, 2013

Sep 20 2013

Australian Magpie

Category Audio,Photo

Magpie Singing

Magpie Singing

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Sep 19 2013

Who doesn’t love the sound of trains?

Category Audio

I think that somewhere deep down, we all love the sound of trains. I do, and I’m not sure if the kid in me won’t let go of the enjoyment of these sounds, or my older romantic side just wants these behemoths to keep travelling around our country, providing the goods and services that they always have. This freight train, having originated in Melbourne, is passing through Balhannah, at 10:50 am today, about an hour from Adelaide.

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Although this train sounds as though it’s going in the same direction, (left to right) it’s actually heading to Melbourne. I recorded it at 8:30 pm tonight near Blakiston, but on the other side of the track. I’m guessing that it was doing about 40 kmh as it passed which took two minutes. That makes it about 1,300 metres long.

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Recording set-up consists of two Schoeps CCM4Lg in ORTF configuration, inside a Schoeps/Rycote blimp. Tracked directly into a Sound Devices 702 (originally at 24/96)

Sep 16 2013

Rolling Thunder

Category Audio

I finally managed to record some thunder. Since I’ve had this gear we’ve not had a decent thunder storm. Or, if we have, I’ve been elsewhere without any recording equipment with me. This is a mix of several hours of recordings today. I basically hit record and went and watched TV to catch up on all the documentaries I’ve recorded over the last few weeks. (ABC have had some good programs on lately) These have been ‘time’ edited to remove the long wait for the next clap (commonly referred to in Meteorological circles as clapgaps and not to be confused with claptrap)


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Recorded from under our carport using a Schoeps M/S pair of CCM4Lg & CCM8Lg directly into my SD 702 from the comfort of my lounge chair. I was concerned that the microphone stand may get hit by lightening, and Kerry would come home to a charred cable with a charred microphone at one end and a charred man wearing headphones at the other…..

Sep 15 2013

September Rain

Category Audio

SA had a good soaking today with many areas of the State getting ‘golf ball’ sized hail. We don’t have mains water, so it’s nice to get the tanks topped up.

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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)