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Re: Merlin Bird App

8:03 am

The use of directional mics will dramatically improve the functionality of Merlin. I personally use a Senheiser MKe400 mkii due to its small size and automatic power on/off control. I also have a Nitze super clamp with a Mount screwed in on the side.  It’s super easy to clamp it to your belt loop or zipper and walk around with the mic by your side.

The directional mix will often pickup birds I can’t even hear myself until I get closer and it’s super useful in new areas with unfamiliar sounds.  Merlin still picks up random nonexistent birds but I’ve found this setup dramatically improves performance.

Best,
Tom Ford-Hutchinson
San Diego, CA