Spring Peepers

The Missus and I decided to take a really long weekend in upstate New York to celebrate our wedding anniversary.  We arrived early evening and, by the time the sun went down, we were treated to the sound of the local chapter of spring peepers.  If you are not familiar with the friendly peeper, it is a small chorus frog that you can find along most of the eastern United States and Canada.  We were sitting in the backyard and these little buggers were chirping away in the tall grass close to the Delaware River.

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I set my rig up about 200 feet from the river because I didn’t want to get too much of the river rolling by and wanted to focus more on the peepers.  In retrospect, I might have set the rig up a bit closer to the water and maybe the little buggers would have sounded denser, as this has a “medium, distant” sound.  I might give this another go tomorrow night, if the campsites across the river don’t fill up with noisy campers.  In the meantime, enjoy the chirping.

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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  1. crikey, that’s an intense sound! very different from what you’d expect from something as cutely-named as “spring peepers”.

    nice one.


  2. Oh, I’m totally that guy who takes his family to the carnival, only to ditch them and run off recording rides and ambiences 🙂 And when packing for vacation, the recorder always gets packed first!

  3. THAT takes me back to being a kid on the east coast. Nice work, man. I didn’t hear the river at first; that kind of sneaks up in the middle part of the stereo spread. Nice work!

Michael Raphael May 27, 2010