Summertime Field Recording

Summer is in full swing here in Georgia. The pleasantly mild nights and evenings of summer make for perfect conditions for night time field recording. So when my good pal David Johnston showed me an isolated mountain side creek ripe with rocky waterfalls and serene pools of calm water, I jumped at the opportunity to try and capture the nuances of the trickling streams and roaring falls. Several locations had large open fields filled with chirping insects, making for a stunning ambiance. Check out the sample video after the break.

David and I packed up a car full of gear.

We cobbled together a surprisingly powerful battery powered lighting rig, which gave us plenty of working light throughout the night.

For a sample of our recording check out the video after the break. This was by far the most exciting and inspirational field recording I've done, and I look forward to using my all-battery-powered remote lighting rig much more int the future.


David and I decided to split up in order to get the most recorded material out of our session. David manned an X/Y pair of Oktava MK-012 cardioid condenser mics recording into a Tascam HD-P2 recorder. I operated my favorite Mid Side rig: A set of Sennheiser MKH 30/50 mics into a Sound Devices MIxPre-D recording into my Sony D50. The video bellow includes just a sampling of the sounds we were able to capture.