The weather was fantastic and the location at Minsterworth, Gloucestershire was superb for the 2011 Members’ Day. New members mingled with established members and there was ample time to discuss new equipment with the trade stands present from Nagra, Sennheiser and Rycote. In addition there were parabolic reflectors for sale and a display of how inexpensive stereo recording rigs had been created using electret mics to produce quality open- and reflector-recordings. Two good pubs in the vicinity provided meals and refreshments ahead of the highlight of the programme, a talk by natural historian, broadcaster and wildlife sound enthusiast Stephen Moss of, amongst others, SpringWatch fame and Birding with Bill Oddie. As always there was a real buzz of enthusiam amongst the assembled recordists as they met and discussed sound recording with new members and caught up with old friends.
Our annual sound quiz was exceptionally challenging this year but there was a worthy winner who had travelled from Germany to attend the meeting.
The annual WSRS Competition attracted a record number of entries this year, perhaps stimulated by the superb prizes on offer. There were some outstanding recordings and selected winning entire can be heard by clicking on the link below.
WSRS is, as always most grateful to its sponsor SOUND NETWORK who generously provided a prize of DPA mics for the overall, SILVER FOX, winner
Listen to the Silver Fox winner
'Midnight on the Fjells'
Listen to the RESTRICTED category winner
Listen to the Fieldcraft Award
Listen to the Non-Avian award
Listen to the Creative class winner