Parabolic Microphone

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Reporting from Vancouver today with something I’ve never seen before – a 5 gallon bucket parabolic microphone!

I stared awestruck at this proud recording equipment today, cursing myself for not bringing a camera. This would have been the first bucket parabolic microphone on the internet.

What is a Parabolic Microphone?

A parabolic microphone looks like a satellite dish. It’s primarily used to collect and amplify ambient noise, such as the stadium noise being collected here.

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Professional parabolic microphones are very rare and rather expensive, which is why this brilliant innovator was using a 5 gallon bucket and a standard news microphone.

He was recording today’s Dragon Boat Festival in Vancouver. If I can find the footage on youtube I’ll post it here so you can hear the audio quality that a bucket can deliver you.

Bucket Protected Microphone

This is a similar idea, it’s a microphone along with some recording equipment mounted inside a bucket, which effectively waterproofs it and makes for some great outdoor recording equipment which can be useful, for example, as part of a security system. For more about this device visit the originating site.

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5 thoughts on “Parabolic Microphone

    • Man tell me about it – I may try to recreate the idea with my own zoom h2 microphone so I can take some pictures.

  1. I just picked up something new from Home Depot. It is a styrofoam insert that fits inside a 5 gal bucket to allow using the bucket as a cooler. It’s conforms perfectly to the inside of the bucket and has a styrofoam lid.

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