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Sounds for this library were recorded over 5 sessions – in a private zoo and in the field, all in cooperation with professional birds trainers. All of them were recorded outdoor (and just a few in an outdoor aviary). Trainers helped us to get variety of bird calls and vocalisations, like: shriek, cry, squawk, screech, whistle, scream.
Three sessions, recorded in super quiet big field, were recorded extremely close to birds. The intention was to grab very isolated and rich sounds, useful for sound design. For this sessions we used Sanken CO-100k and Sennheiser MKH-8060, which were super close (just a few centimeters away from brids beaks) and Schoeps CMC-6XT MK41 a bit wider for more natural/open sound. Although sometimes Sanken and Sennheiser sound very similiar (they were in similar position), we left both files. Sanken recordings (@192kHz) are amazing for pitch shifting, yet sounds recorded by Sennheiser are very natural in neutral pitch.
When pitch shifted, all sounds become very evocative and emotional sound design sources.
All sounds were recorded on Sound Devices 700 series recorders.
Bird species recorded:
* Harris Hawk (Male)
* Harris Hawk (Young Female)
* Northern Goshawk
* Saker Falcon
* Indian Eagle-Owl
* Bald Eagle
* Barn Owl
* Eurasian Eagle-Owl
* Great Horned-Owl
* Tawny Eagle
* Red Kite
All files contain natural sequences and rhythms of calls. There are also close wing flaps, movements and even sounds of birds eating recorded in macro close POV.
The library is extensively metatagged in Soundminer.
Schoeps CMC-6XT MK41
Sound Devices 702 & 744