If your only sunlight is suspiciously fluorescent and that cool breeze on your face is coming from the HVAC, you may be spending too much time in the studio. There’s no better time to enjoy the outdoors than summer, so hit the beach and bring your studio along for the ride with these tools and tips for beach-proofing your gear.
Perhaps the most obvious tool for on-location recordings is the portable recorder—or field recorder. For all of your audio needs on the go, the portable recorder is an invaluable companion. Unfortunately, like most electronics, its kryptonite is water and sand—in other words: The Beach.
With the wealth of recording apps available for your phone, you may already be carrying around the perfect field recorder in the pocket of your swim trunks. If you go that route, make sure that it’s sufficiently protected from sun, sand, and surf with a weatherproof case.
Another choice is Salt, which boasts the world’s only thermal protective cases for both hot and cold weather adventures ($30-$50).
If you’re recording on the beach, you’ll definitely want to bring along a windscreen.
Not only can a windscreen help prevent unwanted background noise from seeping into your recording, but it can also protect your mic from sand and other airborne debris. Both Sweetwater and Guitar Center have a variety of options to fit all of your microphone needs ($5-$50). You can also check out additional models with Supreme Audio’s buying guide.
If you need a windscreen for your portable recorder, here are a few from B&H.
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