New Release… Babbling Brook!

bb-cover-wpAfter much awaited anticipation… we finally released a new NatureScapes album “Babbling Mountain Brook”!

Relax to the wonderful new Album “Babbling Mountain Brook”… with its cold, clear water cascading over moss covered rocks. Sounds of crickets surround you as low rumbles of thunder can be heard off in the distance.

Take a moment to close your eyes, relax and picture yourself by the side of the stream. Breathe deeply and enjoy this tranquil time of relaxation.

 

I Hope you Enjoy!
Brian Knight

Sounds by Knight


Sights & Sounds of the Nebraska Sandhills

The last week in April I had a chance to spend a few days roaming through the Sandhills of Central Nebraska. The main goal of this trip was to record sounds without any “Human Noise Pollution” and to capture images of the Milky Way.

With the truck loaded with gear I headed 185 miles Northwest out of Omaha to Burwell, NE which sits on the Eastern edge of the hills. As you drive west the landscape changes from farmland to the rolling dunes of sand covered in brush, shrubs and cactus.
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Union Pacific 844 – The passing of an Era…

Union Pacific Steam Locomotive 844 passed through town this week on it’s way to Arkansas for the 150th Shiloh Civil War Anniversary “Shiloh Limited Steam Special”.

I was 16 when I had my first chance to chase the Northern class 4-8-4, 844… back then it was plated as “8444”. Driving across Nebraska in a beat up VW Beetle, I would race 8444 to the next town so I could try and get a recording of it high-balling out of town.
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Finding Sounds in the Strangest of Places

The last week in February my mum went in for hip surgery at the Nebraska Orthopaedic Hospital in Omaha. As you walk through the front door, the first thing you notice/hear is this huge, beautiful water fountain off to the right in the main lobby.

Nebraska Ortho Hospital by Sounds by Knight

The sounds pouring from this 1 1/2 story tall fountain was just begging to be recorded! So, with a little finagling I was able to get permission to bring my audio equipment in and do a sound recording after the main lobby closed! Being the good son that I am:), I went to visit my dear mum the next night with my recording equipment in hand.

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Marantz PMD 661 Field Recorder… Is it worth the Money?

In January of 2011 I bought a Zoom H4n to do some voice-over and ambient sound recordings with. Although this little recorder is packed full of features, the preamps really lack the sound quality needed for semi-professional work.

In searching for a new field recorder, there was a few features that I required… clean (relatively speaking) preamps, 96/24 bit PCM wav format, large SDHC card capacity, standard battery operation with the ability to plug in external power if needed, bright, readable screen & portability. This narrowed my search down to only a few companies that offer a solid state, 2 channel portable field recorder in the $600 to $800 range.

Zoom H4n vs Marantz PMD 661

Zoom H4n vs Marantz PMD 661

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