We at luhd-mics obviously come from a DIY background. We believe that many things can be done by using what we have at hand. We are also extraordinarily lazy when it comes to carrying equipment around. Heavy equipment, with short batterylife. That takes forever to setup. That is fragile and easily ruined/dropped/knocked over. That require heavy mounts, and even heavier cables, and heavier windprotection, and bigger and heavier bags. It all adds up, until you have lost all flexibility to record those "out of nowhere" sounds that often makes fieldrecording such an unpredictable and exciting sport, like the thrushes in the trees, the street-performer, the helicopter that approaches from a distance, the crickets, the wind in the leaves, that deep heavy engine-sound, the crickets in the grass, the chorus at dawn, the relaxing sound of waves against the shore, the unsettling sound of a siren, the insects , animals and fish underwater, the chords from the aircondition, the deep hum of a bird´s wings in a quiet location, the complex and beautiful carpet of sounds in a trafficated city, the distant reverberation of a call in a dense forest, the drones from factories, that odd sound when you turn on the fluorescent lamp and so on.
We believe that recording should not be about the equipment, the constant fear of losing or ruining it or the fear of running out of batteries. We want the equipment to be transparent, in such a way that you don´t have to think about it, so you can focus on what is important; listening and focusing. Gradually you find you own way of working, your favorite setup, your own rituals and preferences. That is why your gear needs to be flexible and up for the task.
We understand there is a time and place for bigger and more professional setups than we offer, but we also believe one should be able to make exceptional recordings with simple solutions.
One of the constant challenges in field-recording is the weight- and size factor. There are many times one would wish one had brought the recording equipment, but couldn't be bothered because of the hassle. To alleviate this problem one has to be creative. A rewarding goal could be to build a setup that was always ready to go, and could be put in the pocket or a small bag in no time, taking little place and weight.
Modern portable recorders comes in many shapes and sizes, and have revolutionized the way, and how much we record. Many consider
A big memory card (atleast 8gb) and a recorder with decent battery-life( ie. the Sony PCM M-10 has over 30hours of recording time from two AA-batteries) minimizes the problem of full memory and empty batteries. Depending on the size of your setup, a small camera bag may be all you need to keep your equipment stored and ready to go.
Try always making use of the surroundings. Every structure, tree, fence, vehicle, lamp-post, bush, rock and so on offers opportunities, both for mounting your microphones, and for screening your microphones from sounds coming from unwanted directions.
Ultra-portable setup for traditional recording.
Lapel microphones, mono/stereo, different characteristics
Batteries and Memorycard
Some rubberbands, electrical tape, or/and plasticine (with lapel-microphones. Every structure can work as a mount!)
Total weight: approx. 500g
For bigger microphones
First tip: Cut down your cable-length. If your setup only needs 1 meter of cable, don´t bring 6 meters. It´s heavy and it tangles up and easy to trip in. Try keeping your cable at a minimum lenght. If you need the flexibiliy, leave the last 5 meters in your backpack, and keep the 1 meter close to you kit. If you need to bring a stand, you can save a lot of weight and space by swapping your microphone-mount with a camera-mount. An ultraportable mount can get down to 3-400grams. There are plenty of adapters online (3/8" or 5/8" to 1/4- 20)