Shure Captures Rainforest Recording

Producer Andres Levin took Shure microphones into the Brazilian rainforest to record a musical project celebrating Earth Day.
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Niles, IL (April 30, 2014)—Producer Andres Levin took Shure microphones into the Brazilian rainforest to record a musical project celebrating Earth Day.

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As the owner of creative content and social impact company Content-OS, Levin is an expert in developing content for cause-marketing campaigns. When presented with an opportunity to collaborate on an awareness campaign for The Rainforest Alliance, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving biodiversity, Levin knew he wanted to take the project to a new level. To offer viewers a true-to-life snapshot of the environment, he traveled to the depths of the Tijuca Forest to record a unique musical and cinematic production.

Faced with extreme temperatures, high humidity, limited space and less than four days to record, Levin packed a selection of KSM and Beta microphones to record his recently completed piece, I’m Alive—Rainforest Alliance Sessions—Foresta de Tijuca, with GRAMMY Award-winning artists Caetano Veloso and Lenine, and Brazilian artists Criolo, Emicida, and Pretinho da Serrinha.

Using the Beta 98/AMP, Beta 181/C, and Beta 181/S, Levin recorded the percussion instruments played throughout I’m Alive, also using them to record the natural ambience of the rainforest, including insects, animals and other environmental sounds. When it came to miking vocalists, Levin used Shure KSM42, KSM32/CG, and KSM32/SL Large Diaphragm Microphones.

“The combination of extreme environmental conditions, a very brief window of time to record some of today’s top artists, and many moving parts, created a situation that had the potential of becoming a nightmare had we not selected the right gear,” Levin said. “The Shure Beta and KSM mics were exactly what we were looking for—rock-solid and extremely reliable. There’s not much more you can ask for, especially when recording in the middle of the rainforest.”

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