Equalizing Field Recordings

Lentz ( Lars Lentz )
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Equalization can be of benefit in the post-processing of most field recordings. Here are some of my commonly-used equalization schemes and reasoning. I will update this periodically as I make changes to my workflow or learn new methods.

These are where I started my field recording sessions. They are of two primary types:

Outdoor Ambiance – These situations are when recording in an open field, forest, woodland, or anywhere there is a basic level of sounds with occasional highs such as birds or animal noises. These can also include rainstorm recordings but absent of thunder.
Outdoor Atmospherics – These types of recordings are when the focus is on the weather at hand. It includes thunderstorms where there is a base level that may rise and fall (increases/decreases in the rain) and has huge peaks (thunder).
For each, the recording level should be set so that it is not clipping, of course, but also so that there is a dynamic range. In my microphones used for recording binaurally, I have a sensitivity of -32dB. I set my recorder using a pre-record function where I can see the levels on the monitor and I set these to be around -12 dB on average. On the DR-05 there is a marker at this -12 dB point so it makes it that much easier to set the levels... 
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