Wakefield, Yorkshire, UK (March 3, 2010)–UK-based wildlife sound recordist Chris Watson has purchased a SoundField ST350 portable microphone system for location recording.
Watson, a founder member of UK electronic and musique concrete experimentalists Cabaret Voltaire, has worked closely with respected broadcaster Sir David Attenborough ever since the start of the BBC series, The Life Of Birds, in 1996. In recent years, he has worked as a location recording engineer and sound consultant on feature films such as The Meerkats (the late Paul Newman’s final film), and National Geographic’s Galapagos.
“One of the things I like about SoundField’s mics is that you can capture all of this information with one microphone, with one cable,” comments Watson. “In the jungles of Madagascar, you have to carry all of your kit yourself; you can’t put it in a car, because there aren’t many roads, so the smaller and lighter your rig is, the better. I was using a three-microphone double Mid & Side array to record in surround, and then I was introduced to the SoundField.
“Ken Giles at SoundField very kindly lent me an SPS200 to experiment with, and I made some wildlife surround recordings on the Wash in Norfolk with it, which turned out well. I’ve now bought the ST350, as it’s really robust. Some of the locations I record in can be very demanding places for microphones!”
As David Attenborough’s soundman, Watson is frequently to be found in inhospitable parts of the globe. For his first project with his new ST350, Watson is spending early 2010 recording David Attenborough in Antarctica for his next BBC series, The Frozen Planet. The ST350’s built-in capsule heating system has proved useful, as Watson has been recording in temperatures of -20 degrees C at Cape Royds, almost 78 degrees South, near the hut used by polar explorer Shackleton.
“I’m getting some great recordings down here with my ST350,” Watson comments via email from Antarctica. “It takes a bit to warm up, but so do I!
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