I know nothing about recording microphones and I have often wondered, “What would I use a microphone for?”, until I read about a screaming caterpillar on Curiosity.
The above video was obtained from Science News.
Okay, so it’s not really shouting or screaming as we know it, but apparently, the Nessus sphinx hawkmoth caterpillar makes a series of clicks and hisses when disturbed as if to say, “OH, NO YOU DON’T!!” These noises are loud enough to frighten off a predator.
So, after briefly searching online for microphones that are great for recording vocals, I found the Audio-Technica AT2020. This microphone has been available for a while now, but this brand and model seems to be respected by audio recording enthusiasts as being a great microphone at a budget price. It has the following features: it is an affordable studio condenser microphone (good for recording vocals and individual instruments vs. a dynamic microphone which is good for recording live performances), has a cardioid polar pattern which reduces the sensitivity to sounds from the sides and the rear of the microphone, and,
Its low-mass diaphragm is custom-engineered for extended frequency response and superior transient response. With rugged construction for durable performance, the microphone offers a wide dynamic range and handles high SPLs with ease.
The Audio-Technica AT2020 Cardioid Condenser Studio Microphone is available from Amazon for $99. Is this a good microphone to detect and record the angry roars of the Nessus sphinx hawkmoth caterpillar? I have no idea, but if I had this microphone and access to this caterpillar, guess what I’d be doing?