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Geotag Icon Choosing sound recording equipment for the expedition – six months on

Blog posted by on Sep 21st, 2009

After six months on the road, our audio equipment is holding up well. Huw looks at how the kit has performed so far, and why we’ve made some recent additions to our equipment.



Geotag Icon Ten things we learned on holiday

Blog posted by on Sep 18th, 2009

We were in St Louis when I last wrote and we’re in St Louis now, but we’ve been halfway around Senegal in the meantime – enjoying a holiday from our semi-permanent holiday. Here are a few things we learned along the way.



Geotag Icon Choosing sound recording equipment for the expedition

Blog posted by on Feb 19th, 2009

The Listen to Africa expedition sound equipment. © Listen to Africa

Update: For the latest on the audio equipment, including a six month review on how the kit has performed and why we’ve made some recent additions, please read the six month update.

I’d like to welcome you to the first in a series of audio equipment blogs. This is also a first for me, having never written a blog before. I usually plod away in the background in my own little technical world and leave others to communicate with the wider world, so please forgive me if I’m not conforming to the norms – I’m sure I’ll get the hang of it in time!

Because our expedition will pass through a myriad of environments – from the extreme heat and dust of the Sahara to the hot, humid tropical rainforests of Central Africa (not forgetting Europe in winter) – equipment choice hasn’t been easy. Everything is inevitably a compromise between quality and robustness. Travelling unsupported by bicycle, weight and bulk are also important factors. And, because we will often have no access to mains electricity, sometimes for extended periods, low power consumption is crucial.