Fall Into Picnic Table


I have to admit, the initial reason for this post was to give Rycote a hard time. Back in June they posted an Instagram reel of a DMS setup on a picnic table.

I made this recording along the Upper Delaware River on the border of PA and NY and I’m pleasantly surprised that my Rycote teasing turned into a decent recording. This is a double ORTF recording with the front pair facing the river and the rear pair facing a lawn covered with fallen leaves.1

It might be hard to tell from the photo, but on the other side of the river, a road splits part of the ridgeline. So unfortunately light traffic is unavoidable during the day. Despite the traffic, I love this imaging and reflections the environment provides. You can really hear the space during some distant crow vocalizations.

I’m also tacking on a recording of a passing police car along that ridge for further perspective.

Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC1′s with MK4 capsules set up for double ORTF. It was tracked with a Cooper CS 104 feeding a Sound Devices 744T

  1. Cue yet another Roger Williams joke. ↩︎

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Michael Raphael November 7, 2022