Boundary microphones are an often-overlooked type of microphone which can be extremely useful in some situations. They might not be ideal for studio recording but they really come into their own for live sound work. Firstly – what are boundary microphones? They are a specialised type of condenser microphone which is placed against a hard […]Read more "Boundary microphones"
I was trying to find a way to search my archive of recordings on Linux and return the filenames of 32-bit WAV audio files. It’s a little tricky, but I did it. You’ll need to install the ffprobe command (part of the ffmpeg package). I came up with this command. It’s quite long and maybe not the most […]Read more "Finding 32-bit WAV audio files on Linux"
This week, I had a clear out of some of my audio equipment and listed an Eagle G148 microphone for sale on eBay. Within hours, the listing had been taken down by eBay and I was sent this message: Your listing has been removed: Trademark Violation – Unauthorized Item Hello dj_judas21,After reviewing your eBay account, […]Read more "eBay Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) Program"
A combination of bad weather, having a toddler and generally being busy has meant I haven’t done much photography recently. When I have taken pictures, it’s never been enough to finish a film. Last fortnight, though, I finished a roll of film in my Canon T90 that’s been in there for ages, and I had […]Read more "Photo catch-up"
Spem in alium was written by Thomas Tallis in c1570 and stands apart from most other choral music because it is written for 40 parts. Most choral music, regardless of the number of people in the choir, only has 4-6 parts. Just for its sheer flamboyance, Spem is famed among choristers due to the challenges […]Read more "Spem in alium: a motet for 40 synthesizers"
There are many methods of recording a grand piano with their various pros and cons which are suitable for different applications. I recently did some experiments to try and figure out the best way of making a stereo recording in a reverberant room (in this case, a church). This video demonstrates six different methods but it is just […]Read more "Microphone techniques for recording grand piano"
Since having a baby and giving up astronomy, I’ve not been out much at night. But last week, Ed invited me to go and photograph the industry at Severn Beach in the small hours. There’s a new SITA Severnside energy recovery centre (i.e. burning rubbish to generate electricity) and every night there’s a delivery of […]Read more "Severnside"