Field research presents a multitude of challenges, and wind noise may be one of the most frustrating. Not only is it out of our control, but excess wind can lead to distorted recordings, making it difficult to salvage the audio data that you are interested in analyzing.
While you may not be able to take all the wind noise out of the recordings, you can significantly reduce its impact with a few simple tactics:
In addition to using the windscreens that come with our microphones, you can buy our extra large windscreens ($10: https://www.wildlifeacoustics.com/store/accessories#replacement-parts) and place them on top of those ones already installed for an extra layer of wind protection.
If you know the direction that most of the wind is traveling, you can form a barrier by placing the device behind something like a rock, so that wind will travel around it while the smaller sound waves from wildlife calls are able to travel around and to the microphones.
Apply a high pass filter (HPF) on your Song Meter
Since wind noise has the most energy in the lower frequencies, applying a filter that allows only higher frequencies to pass through can take care of a large portion of the wind's impact on your recordings.
If the sound of the wind is still overpowering the microphones after using these tactics, you can also try lowering the gain in the settings menu.
Have more questions about recording with your Song Meter? Don't hesitate to visit our Technical FAQ page or reach out to our support specialists via phone or email.