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Natural sound recording and analysis workshops - June 2015

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Guest Russ Charif

Space still available!


The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is offerring back-to-back workshops on the recording and analysis of natural sounds in June 2015 at San Francisco State University’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus in the Tahoe National Forest near Sattley, CA. The station, at 6,000 feet elevation amid Ponderosa and Jeffrey pines, affords a wide range of recording opportunities and challenges in spectacular surroundings. The Natural Sound Recording Workshop will be held 6–13 June; the Sound Analysis Workshop will be held 13–15 June. Participants can sign up for either workshop separately or both together.



Learn state-of-the-art techniques for recording and analyzing the sounds of wildlife with experts from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Macaulay Library. The week-long workshop, designed to take you from novice to capable field recordist, covers the selection and application of audio recorders and microphones, recording theory, metering, recording techniques, and documentation for sound recordings. The course includes daily field recording sessions and lectures/discussions. The recording course includes a basic introduction to visualizing sounds and making simple measurements with Raven Pro software.  


Your instructors will be Greg Budney, of the Macaulay Library, Bill McQuay of the Lab's Multimedia Program,  Karl Fitzke, audio engineer with the Macaulay Library, and Randolph Little, a Laboratory Associate with extensive recording experience.



The Sound Analysis Workshop will delve deeper into topics such as the conceptual foundations of spectrogram analysis (no math required!), optimizing spectrogram parameters, robust measurements, automated signal detection, quantitative comparison of spectrograms, and advanced tips and tricks to make working with Raven Pro easier and more efficient. Sessions will include lectures, demos, and hands-on exercises using the participants’ own recordings.


Your instructor will be Russ Charif, of the Lab’s Bioacoustics Research Program, assisted by Cedar Mathers-Winn.



The workshop fee is $1095 (includes tuition, class materials, ground transportation from/to Reno airport, food, and lodging). Enrollment is primarily based on a first-come first-served basis, with first consideration to students and researchers. Participation is limited to 20.



The workshop fee of $500 includes tuition, a 1-year student license for Raven Pro (renewable as long as you are a student), class materials, ground transportation from and to the Reno airport, food, and lodging.”



Kelly Lee Smith <kls66@cornell.edu> or telephone, 607-254-6323

A $100 deposit is required upon initial registration to reserve your place at the workshop.  Payments are accepted in the form of check or credit card.



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