For my latest refinement in soundscape recording with a parabolic dish
- now introducing -

Split Parabola Boundary Array

by John Hartog Natural Soundscape Recording

photo of me and the spda in a fifty dollar canoe
Me and my SPBA in a fifty-dollar canoe out on Smith and Bybee Lakes in Portland Oregon.
The parabolic dish is a Telinga, and the microphones are Shure WL-183.
The rest I designed and crafted or scrounged up myself.

photo of side profile of the spda
The large barrier conforms to curve of the dish
and extends amply forward beyond the edge.
This preserves an accurate stereo field.

The positioning of the microphones in the dish is adjustable from the rear
for easy field experiments with different focal depths for different subject distances.

photo of dpda showing barrier with mics inside
The mics are mounted facing the boundary and tight within the pressure zone.
This compensates for parabolic gain lost from splitting the dish in half.

Play the clip below, or click here, to hear the SPBA working on its maiden voyage.
This recording of a Great Blue Heron, ducks, and other wetland creatures
was edited with a parametric equalizer to tame a stifling urban roar.
Recorded with a Sony MZ-N707 Minidisc recorder, January 13 2008 - 3:30pm.

John Hartog
Natural Soundscape Recording
Portland, Oregon USA
a tribute to the world's vanishing quiet places

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