Gear Recommendations

I drew up a brief list of equipment recommendations for those who would like to get into sound recording. I had long hesitated to do this, because I’m really not a gearhead at all – I basically know just enough about audio recording equipment to use it properly. But requests for gear recommendations are probably the single most common question that I field, and I felt it would be of use to readers if I posted the resulting info to my blog. [Read more]

The Microphone You Already Own

Nine days ago, Eric Ripma found an Orange-billed Nightingale-Thrush singing on territory in Spearfish Canyon, South Dakota. Assuming the bird is wild and arrived under its own power, it is furnishing a jaw-dropping record — only the third north of the Mexican border, apparently, over 1200 miles farther north than the species has ever been known to venture before. [Read more]

Editing Sounds in Adobe Audition

While using just a basic program such as Raven Lite will be sufficient for many recordists, you may find yourself wishing you had a more versatile program for fine-tuning your recordings. If this is the case the one I recommend is Adobe Audition. [Read more]

Editing Sounds in Raven Lite

Once you’ve come back from the field with a card full of new audio, renamed the files, and backed everything up, you may want to think about editing your sounds. [Read more]

How to Manage Your Recordings

If you are getting into nature sound recording, I’ve got a few recommendations for how to manage your recordings as the number of files grows. [Read more]

Recordist Profile: Andrew Spencer

I’m pleased to say that I’ve added Andrew Spencer as an Earbirding author, so you’ll be seeing occasional posts by him on this site from now on. I figured it was a good idea to introduce him to his audience before handing him a keyboard — hence this author profile. [Read more]

The Plunge

Take a moment to think about how many people you know who take bird photographs as a hobby. Now think about how many amateur sound recordists you know. The second number is far smaller than the first, of course. [Read more]

The Mysterious American Tree Sparrow

A frequent topic of discussion on this blog is what we don’t know about bird sounds. Another favorite topic is how amateur recordists might help solve mysteries — and advance science — by recording common birds in their own backyards. Now, as most of North America languishes in the middle of a deep, dark winter, I’d like to point out a golden opportunity for citizen science — a chance to answer questions about a bird that many people know, but few really understand. [Read more]

Recordist Profile: Bob Zilly

Bob Zilly of Longmont, Colorado describes himself as a “casual and opportunistic” recordist. I’m excited to profile Bob in this post not only because he’s a terrifically nice guy, but also because I think his recording style and equipment will appeal to many readers who might like to get into audio recording in a relatively quick, easy, and inexpensive way. [Read more]

What We Don’t Know About Bird Sounds

A while back I mentioned my long-standing desire to post a list of things we don’t know about North American bird sounds, with an emphasis on the simple questions that amateur sound recordists could answer. I’ve finally decided to take a crack at it. [Read more]