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  1. HD-25II's. Tough, comfortable ( with the velvet ear pads), stay on your head when you bend over thanks to the split dual band and their lightness, neat 90 deg socket works better with recorders in a bag than straight ones, sound good enough to hear what's being recorded although wouldn't use them for mixing / mastering in the studio.
  2. I have the HawkWoods SD-2 - it's 'crude' as the battery is offset and not central ( but I guess then the recorder can lie flat) and it has sharp corners but it's very robust. Not sure if SD do their own version? I traded my SD 702 for a MP6 as I wanted something smaller but then when you add an L mount battery it ends up not being that much different in size. I reckon they should have just made it the same thickness as the 7xx series and thus retained the NPF battery power.
  3. As an MP6 owner I can only comment on the powering side of things so forget AA batteries and you will have to factor in an external battery mount solution via the sled or USB-C . I would worry about the physical security of the USB-C connection in a critical situation and for long takes I use an sled and Sony battery of which like many I have a box full.
  4. My final solution was a pair of XLR male-female connectors which I took apart and filled with foam and rubber glue to form an airtight barrier and then taped these semi permanently to the 8020's. The extra length these adaptors add to the short 8020 body make them easier to use on various mounts as well.
  5. Well sure a shotgun with another mic in an MS or double MS can work but I think the OP was thinking about shotguns on their own. Most mics apart from the MKH's have moisture sensitivity but I was thinking specifically of the Rode NT4 or AT 8022 or 4025 for XY stereo in a compact easy to use starter setup. Maybe as a starter the OP would be better off going for an ambient mic like the Ambeo or Rode NT-SF1 which they can later decode to whatever they want.
  6. For nature recording 'accuracy' is probably the least important factor in choosing a mic. For the human voice which is the bread and butter of most working sound recordists it's obviously the top of the list. This is why the ME is a good starter mic for the former and wouldn't be even considered for the latter. Rode are a good budget choice for general sound recordist duties but for nature recording they are generally low sensitivity and require a lot of gain which means you need a good recorder.
  7. ( I am not a working/pro sound recordist) My advice based on starting where you are many years ago and wasting a lot of time and money; Good choice of recorder but also consider the MixPre 3 unless you need all the extra channels. I'd forget about shotgun mics initially for this kind of recording as they are designed to work close to specific sounds rather than capture broader soundscapes. Look at all in one stereo mics from Rode and Audio Technica as these are easy to use, sound quite good and importantly for outdoor work they can be given wind protection easily and cheaply. Don't buy any expensive mics until you know exactly what you want and what works.
  8. Mainly because it's expensive and DIY is cheap but also because I want some solid body sticking out of the softie to mount the mics on a bar ( still work in progress as I haven't decided on the exact spacing for AB)
  9. Used them in some pretty strong wind yesterday with the Super softie covers and fur and they performed very well but needed more tape on the cable to XLR tail seal to stop a gap opening up when the cable exist at an angle and not straight. Very difficult to do on a taper as the tape get creased and a hole opens up with use. Amazing how such a tiny air leak can cause so much noise. Need to find a more elegant solution to this which will likley mean unsoldering the plugs and putting some heatshrink over the joint.
  10. Quiet outdoor natural ambiences.
  11. Tested outdoors in wind ( plenty at the moment) and no issues when sealed with electrical tape from XLR -Mic joint to cable entry on the XLR tail. It's a bit messy but I'm just using them in an A-B spaced pair so have them permanently on a Y splitter 5pin to 2x 3pin short cable. As expected from omnis they have good 'wind performance' with Rycote Softies or the smaller Movo copies. In high wind I put on the fur covers as well but it kills the HF a bit. The 8020's have huge LF sensitivity and I'm using the 120hz low cut filter on my Mixpre - 6 to get a realistic tonal balance. Amazingly sensitive and very low noise makes them much more usable in quiet situations than my DPA 4060's which although comparable in pure sound quality/fidelity are just too noisy for this kind of work to be confident of using.
  12. Just done a test on my new 8020's by blowing on them with the foam heads on ( which are pretty effective) and it's the XLR connectors letting in air from the cable entry, the band between the tail and body and the latch. Wrapping them with electrical tape seems to be the simplest solution. I've found this on other mics as well but not as bad as this so maybe it's because the body is so short? Will test them outdoors later today and report back.
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