Recording Gear

I frequently hear from people who are interested in purchasing nature sound recording gear and want my recommendations.  I’m happy to help as much as I can, but unfortunately I’m no gearhead.  However, I can provide some information and a few links that may be of use.

  1. The best web introduction to recording gear that I’ve found is the Avisoft recording tutorial.  It’s an excellent, simple comparison of lots of higher-end recording equipment.
  2. Here is a list of recommended recording gear I compiled for a workshop on nature sound recording at the Western Field Ornithologists’ annual conference in October 2010.  I pay special attention to the Olympus voice recorders, which are at the low end of the recording spectrum but are great for casual users, and most of which don’t appear on the Avisoft page.
  3. Also on the above list are a couple of key links, including one to the Nature Recordists listserv, which is the first place I go if I have questions about recording gear.  Search their online archives here or here before asking your question, in case someone has already answered it.
  4. Check out my previous posts in the categories Equipment and Recordist Profiles.  The latter contains a good deal of information from recordists about the gear they use and how it works for them.

For any other inquiries, please feel free to contact me at — but remember, equipment’s not my specialty!