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Bird Song Recording Packages recommended by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology


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Stith Recording Kit

Professional Parabolic Mic Package

Product Highlights

• Sound Devices MixPre-3 II recorder
• Sound Devices MX-8AA battery sled
• Porta Brace AR-MixPre3 recorder case
• Telinga Modular parabola
• Sennheiser MKH8020 omni microphone
• Sony MDR7506 headphones
• Microphone cable
Price: $3,809.00

Overall Rating: 5 Stars
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Key Features

Professional Parabolic Microphone Package includes:

Sound Devices MixPre-3 II recorder
Sound Devices MX-8AA battery sled
Porta Brace AR-MixPre3 recorder case
Telinga Modular parabola
Sennheiser MKH8020 omni microphone
Sony MDR-7506 headphones
Microphone cable



Our most professional parabolic microphone package combining the Sound Devices MixPre-3 II recorder with the phenomenal Sennheiser MKH8020 microphone and NEW Telinga Modular parabola! The MKH8020 microphone provides the ultimate in sound quality and can handle adverse weather conditions.  The perfect parabolic package when you want to pick up a particular bird call a far distance away while trying to minimize other surrounding noise. The MKH8020 microphone can be used outside of the dish for ambient recordings or inside the dish for super directionality (would need MKH8020 accessories if using it outside the dish).  Parabolic mic acts like a zoom lens on a camera zooming in on birds up to a 1/4 mile away. Comes with Sony headphones providing excellent discrimination from surrounding sounds - a great tool to monitor what you are recording and to determine if you are pointing the mic in the best direction to pick up the call the loudest.

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Customer Reviews

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
5 Stars Professional: Start to Finish
by a member from Youngsville, NM USA on Mar 2, 2022
  I must first state that I am a complete beginner with respect to recording bird songs with anything more sophisticated than an iPhone, but becoming a serious recordist has been immeasurably aided by dealing with Stith Recording. This professional kit is incredible, the fidelity of the recordings and the sensitivity of the parabolic microphone astounded me. The kit is very easy to assemble and transport, but you should have a shoulder bag and some lithium batteries (requires one of the sleds recommended below) while in the field. On Stith Recording's website, there are directions from the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology on the setup of the Mix Pre-3 II to maximize the success of recording bird songs, and they are a breeze to follow. The folks at Stith Recording have thought of everything and will ensure your journey into recording will be painless and worry-free. They are customer-driven and friendly: Kathie Bennett is a special delight. I researched equipment extensively prior to settling on this professional package and have not had any cause for regret. This package is a huge step up from an iPhone and I recommended it and Stith Recording. I would also recommend purchasing an MX-LM1 battery sled (for one lithium battery) or an MX-L Mount battery sled (for one or two lithium batteries) and a shoulder carrying case that is big enough to hold the sled you have chosen. These items will enhance your time and comfort in the field. I believe these items are available through Stith Recording.

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