New York City was the last place on earth my wife and I wanted to be on New Year’s Eve, so we retreated to upstate New York where the temperatures were in the balmy low 20s. We were also treated to several days of snow and high wind: not so great for swimming, but full of intriguing sounds. I noticed a pine tree creaking and crackling as it shed snow and ice in the wind. I set up my Schoeps right under the branches of the tree and ran my freezing ass back inside the house. One of the nicer details is the sound of a little padlock on a gas meter clanging away in the distance.
If you haven’t heard Wintry Mix Part 1, you can check it out here.
Recording Geek Note: Rig consists of Schoeps CMC5 setup for MS, with the MK4 as the mid. It was all tracked to a Sony PCM-M10, with Sound Devices MP2 as a front end. I didn’t end up taking my Sound Devices recorder on this trip, but instead packed my new toy, the Sony PCM-M10, which replaced my crappy zoom h4. This recording is my maiden voyage using my Sound Devices MP-2 mixer as a front end to the Sony. I’ve always loved the sound of the MP-2, and I’m really pleased with the results. The PCM-M10 isn’t much bigger than an iphone and it has a fairly transparent and quiet line input.