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Great little discussion worth noting, started in another thread here, about using a "Dead Cat" - which is a device that protects your mic from wind noise.

Here's the link:

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Oh that just reminded me I never posted the video I took of the wind playing my violin.  I was out on the tundra, way north of the Arctic Circle.  It was magical.  

 

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@georganne !  Id like to see that!  any chance you could post?

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@Georganne -

 

You ARE going to share that video, right? 

Pretty Please?

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Ugh, just had my husband (who took the video) send it to me.  His phone didn't pick it up.  We were north of the Brooks Range (Very northern part of Alaska) and I had stepped out onto the tundra to play a tune, as the wind went over my strings I heard it.  Eery in a magical sense.  This was a couple of years ago.  He was getting impatient and wanting to go.  But...I'm going back up this 4th of July so we'll see if I can get some wind action lol.  

 

Galbraith Lake if anyone wants to look it up on the map. 

 

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@Georganne -

Very Cool! 

I think I heard it - only for a second. 

This year, when you go - think this might be the perfect occasion to try to reduce the dominant wind noise right at the cell phone mic. 

In my 1st post, the link to the "Dead Cat" conversation - I was interested in something for cell phones. 

"You can actually buy a pkg - several of the tiny double-stick adhesive rings, along with the tiny faux "Fur Tufts" (my term) to attach over each smartphone mic. (amazon)" 

I'm sure you can create your own "Fur Tuft" and think it should allow your cell phone to pick up the sound of wind playing your strings, better. 

Thank you for sharing the video!

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Can't wait to hear what you can capture this year! 

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@georganne thanks for sharing that!  great views there and liked your hector the hero!  very nice ornaments!  i barely could hear what sounded like a lite sounding drone being played there at the end.

You have my vote for sharing more of these Alaskan fiddle videos!  keep 'em coming.

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ELCBK said
@Georganne -

Very Cool! 

I think I heard it - only for a second. 

This year, when you go - think this might be the perfect occasion to try to reduce the dominant wind noise right at the cell phone mic. 

In my 1st post, the link to the "Dead Cat" conversation - I was interested in something for cell phones. 

"You can actually buy a pkg - several of the tiny double-stick adhesive rings, along with the tiny faux "Fur Tufts" (my term) to attach over each smartphone mic. (amazon)" 

I'm sure you can create your own "Fur Tuft" and think it should allow your cell phone to pick up the sound of wind playing your strings, better. 

Thank you for sharing the video!

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Can't wait to hear what you can capture this year! 

- Emily

  

Oh I have fur.  Even some of my curtains in my new addition are currently some of my very own hunted caribou furs.  

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@Georganne -

Smiley Broke Apart Smiley Figured you'd have real fur - that's a given. 

What I want to know is how are you going to adhere a tiny strip around that tiny cell phone mic hole! 

The video I linked (here's a direct link) only uses Faux fur, which is obviously more porous than real fur.  It shows impressive results, but I still think the hole where the mic is should not be covered up. 

DIY Dead Cat For Cell Phone

🤔 Actually, I wonder if you could use a strip of real fur around the end of your cell phone - it wouldn't cover the mic.  Maybe a ring of fur attached to an elastic hair tie could be slipped on, or if no elastic, just adhered with a dot of removable adhesive on the back of the cell phone - assuming both the camera lens and mic are not at the same end. 

Length of the hair might be a big factor, too. 

Ooh, maybe a little knitting with some fuzzy yarn is in order...

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Okay, I'll stop.

...wish I was more ambulatory - I'd be giving this a try on my phone, instead of just jabbering! (lol)

- Emily

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I like the idea of putting it on a hair tie.  Problem is, my iphone has 4 different speakers.  I'll try to remember and bring my Canon this year as it also records videos.  Oh yea I also just got a off brand go pro camera that I'll bring but haven't got to try out yet as I just got it yesterday.  

 

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Ugh I typed speakers but meant mics.  I have 4 mics.  I've got it covered though.  Pun intended hahaha. 

 

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@Georganne -

The Smiley Puppet Smiley So sorry, ashamed I didn't catch you have an iphone - which I know absolutely NOTHING about. 

...well, except now I know an iphone has 4 mics. (lol)

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@Georganne -

Just wanted to tell you I now have some new found respect for you playing your fiddle in the Wind! 

In my recent experience of recording near the water, I had my back to the Wind & still almost lost my bow!  A loose rag over my phone only seemed to muffle my playing, not the Wind!  Had to have a death grip that ruined all my hard work on my bow hand & the hair had to be tightened for all my fighting to keep contact with the strings!

I never practiced playing just at the tip of the bow much, may have been helpful if my body was more of a shield - just an afterthought. 

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Wondering if you have any helpful tips for playing in these Windy situations? 

...don't think I want to try it again! 

- Emily

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ELCBK said
@Georganne -

Just wanted to tell you I now have some new found respect for you playing your fiddle in the Wind! 

In my recent experience of recording near the water, I had my back to the Wind & still almost lost my bow!  A loose rag over my phone only seemed to muffle my playing, not the Wind!  Had to have a death grip that ruined all my hard work on my bow hand & the hair had to be tightened for all my fighting to keep contact with the strings!

I never practiced playing just at the tip of the bow much, may have been helpful if my body was more of a shield - just an afterthought. 

giphy.gif

 

Wondering if you have any helpful tips for playing in these Windy situations? 

...don't think I want to try it again! 

- Emily

  

Oh goodness, that does sounds quite windy.  Yea, other then using your body as a wind break, maybe taping a small tuft of fur or other fuzzy materiel as has been discussed, near your mics would help.  Well, with the sound anyways, not with the wind trying to steal your bow.  

 

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