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Archive for ‘February, 2022’

The Big Birds and the Little Birds

Join us in our back garden where, because we live on the coast, we have seagulls swirling about over our heads all day. After a while, you stop noticing their shrieking (about a minute into the recording, the seagulls really shout out loud!). You can hear the tiny birds tweeting away. They sit in a tree in the garden waiting to be fed…always hungry.

The Seagull - Richard Broom Photography
The Seagull – Richard Broom Photography

The Babbling Brook in Scotland

Join me and listen to the sound of a babbling brook near to Duff House, Banff, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

The sound was recording using a parabolic mic system manufactured by the Parabolic Microphone Company.

This was my first attempt at recording using the ‘para-mic.’ The gentle sounds of a small stream running through the woods.

More sounds to come!

The Babbling Brook in Scotland
The Babbling Brook in Scotland – Richard Broom Photography

The Parabolic Microphone

A new microphone system!

I have purchased a parabolic microphone from the Parabolic Microphone Company.

Today was the first day I ventured out into the woods with the ‘para-mic’ to test it out – results below.

Briefly, the parabolic microphone is a directional mic. Basically, point it at a sound source and press the record button (listen to the babbling brook recording above).

On this first try out down in the woods close to Duff House, I forgot to put the ‘wind condom’ on the dish (second image below) and so I picked up quite a bit of wind noise. Moreover, there was a gentle but steady wind through the trees in the wood and that gave me a small amount of background noise which I’ve managed to reduce in post-processing using Adobe Audition.

I used my Zoom H6 to record the sound. I’m still waiting for my Zoom F6 to arrive.

The first recordings will be coming up shortly. Please stay tuned.

The Parabolic Microphone
The Parabolic mic (without wind sock) – Richard Broom Photography
The parabolic mic with the wind ‘condom’ attached – Richard Broom Photography

The Sound of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa

Join me in the departure lounge of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. Wonderfully helpful staff (unlike Luton Airport!!! – follow this link). Here’s a multi-media extravaganza for you…

The Sound of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
The Sound of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
Richard Broom Photography
The Sound of Roberts International Airport, Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa
Richard Broom Photography

The World’s Worst Airport

Join me and enjoy the sounds of the departure lounge at the airport I dislike above all others – Luton Airport! I would go a long way to avoid either arriving at or departing from Luton Airport. Dirty, unhelpful staff, overcrowded…the list goes on. My one word of advice when it comes to Luton Airport – AVOID! When you see the road sign, just keeping going!

The World’s Worst Airport
The World's Worst Airport
The World’s Worst Airport

The Russians Are Coming

Let’s hope the ordinary decent people of Russia can put a stop to Putin’s evil intentions. Putin is deranged. His own people need to topple him. Putin is a war criminal and must be stopped.

Our British politicians are not doing nearly enough to support the people of Ukraine. Our mendacious Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and his greedy supporters need to think about preventing suffering in Ukraine rather than thinking about themselves (as they always do).

The people of Ukraine deserve better.

The Russians Are Coming
The Russians Are Coming
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