Chetek, Wisconsin Revisited

I’ve been going through some old files lately, and I came across a recording that I had forgotten about.  Back in 2008, I was living in Minneapolis, MN where it was incredibly easy to get out to nature in a few hours.  After being away for three months, I wanted to take the missus somewhere special when I returned, and believe it or not, Wisconsin was that place.  We drove out to a small resort on a lake that was incredibly quiet and just what we needed.  Now, as we know, it wouldn’t be a vacation if I didn’t take my gear.

I set up  at the edge of the lake just when the sun was going down; the above recording is just a few minutes from that night.  I love how the density of the insect sounds just suddenly drops off and gives way to some distant bird calls. It’s amazing how a recording can just transport you back in time . . .  I can almost smell the place and feel the giant mosquitos.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5′s setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96

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Waterfowl at Crex Meadows Revisited

The above photo was taken on October 19, 2008 at Crex Meadows wildlife area in Grantsburg, WI.  I visited once before with my friend Rob Byers and the recording was good, but we knew it could be better.  The first time we went to record it was 4:00 AM, pitch black and we were forced to guess on a good location.  We guessed well, but I knew if we went back the recordings would be more detailed.  Armed with fresh coffee in our “grab and go” cups we headed out at 4:00 AM, moved about 200 feet from the original location and ended up in a location with Sandhill Cranes, Mallards, Wood Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Northern Pintails and Ring-Necked Ducks.

The Sandhill Cranes are the most dominant in the recording; they only got more vocal as the day wore on.   Around 8:00 AM the hunters arrived.  Hunting season just opened and gunshots echoed all around once the sun started to rise.  The birds on the recordings are the lucky ones – they managed to find their way to the refuge!

The first file below is from 5:00 AM and is relatively quiet.

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The second file is from 8:00 AM and is more active.

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Recording Geek Note:  

Schoeps CMC5′s in an MS configuration on a stand approximately 7 feet high.  Recorded directly to a Sound Devices 744T at 24/96.   More Photos if you keep reading.

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