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    How to record sound of ocean on a Nagra?

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    hello everyone

    I'm thinking of renting a Nagra (portable reel to reel) and Sennheiser mic from the local radio station, to record the sound of the ocean, for a film I'm planning.

    How do I go about doing this, without the wind overpowering the ocean sound? ie to get a nice wave-crashing sound, and seagulls cawing, without hearing the gale winds?

    Thanks

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    Arrow The obvious answer?

    Go on a day that's not windy.

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    Place a windscreen over the microphone to reduce or eliminate the wind noise.

    Simpler ones are made of foam and better ones resemble a fur coat.

    Cheers!

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    or buy a Sound Effect CD with the sound already on it.
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    Smile recording ocean sounds

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ghost of FM View Post
    Place a windscreen over the microphone to reduce or eliminate the wind noise.

    Simpler ones are made of foam and better ones resemble a fur coat.

    Cheers!
    Aloha, the most effective method to record ocean sounds is using microphones with Rycote windscreens. The larger diameter the better and more effective they become. For higher wind velocity use the windjammer(fur looking) over the windscreen. It sometimes helps to select the mic base rolloff. Amazing results can be achieved with this method. If using the Nagra, it has several rolloff selections to match what results you are looking for. By using a mic pole, you can eliminate hand noise for a much cleaner recording. Cheers

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    You don't need a boom, a hand mount is fine - after all, most of the windshields have a grip, and then the boom screws into that? This is the sort of result you can get.
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    Cheapish Chinese shotgun and a mount.

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    I suspect they have already done it...

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    Bummer - 2004! Why do people (including me) never spot the original dates!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rob aylestone View Post
    Bummer - 2004! Why do people (including me) never spot the original dates!!
    You never know. They might still be hanging out for an answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko zzed View Post
    You never know. They might still be hanging out for an answer.
    Or somebody else could benefit from new ideas.

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