The Early Bird – Chirps the Sweetest Melody

An eventful summer morning in the Nahe Valley

If you want to capture one of the most beautiful sounds of nature, you need to be an early riser. 5:30 am near the Nahe river is when the journey starts on a beautiful summer morning in Bad Sobernheim in Germany. This early one can really enjoy the quiet which is only broken by the song of birds alongside the river, among the reeds, and in the forest. Two Hevert employees, accompanied by a professional and outfitted with directional microphones and light recording equipment, lurk for their “prey” on the nature trail in Bad Sobernheim.

Picture gallery: Accompany the Hevert team on their recording expedition in the Nahe Valley. Photos by Manfred Berger

The reason behind this expedition is that Hevert-Arzneimittel wants to create an authentic and natural corporate sound identity with natural sounds from the Nahe region and raise the awareness for the intact nature of the Nahe Valley.

The sun is still low on the horizon, but its rays already warm the earth. A few hazy clouds are still hanging in the sky. Sturdy, waterproof shoes and binoculars are a must. According to the local group of the German Nature And Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU) there are 120 bird species in the Nahe region - a big orchestra for the planned recordings. One only has to find them: Chaffinch, song thrush, oriole, great spotted woodpecker, nightingale, or Eurasian blackcap - they are often hidden in bushes or trees but their song can be heard from afar.

The bird life seems to be completely unimpressed by the early hour. At the meeting point the long melodious territorial song of the Eurasian wren can be heard. The chiffchaff – a bird that is named after the way it sounds – joins in with the wren. In the background, a great spotted woodpecker chirps. In Germany the great spotted woodpecker, who is similar in size to the blackbird, is the most common species of the woodpecker family. It is a remarkable appearance with its black-white-red plumage. Part of its acoustic repertoire is the well-known drumming. Depending on the condition of the wood, the sound of the drumming can vary.

If you want to capture the most beautiful voices, you have to show incentive: long waiting in absolute silence, crouching or standing with outstretched arms in the bushes at the side of the creek. And even then there is no guarantee for success. Just now the most beautiful chirping could be heard and the microphones are being aligned but for the next half hour there is no peep.

The recording team is not discouraged by experiences like this and is often awarded for its patience. A plain appearance with a powerful voice - those are the main characteristics of the nightingale. The team encounters the song bird in various places near the Nahe river. 120 to 260 different melodies are part of the nightingale’s repertoire. Often heard is a long series of drawn-out, pure whistles sounding soft and wistful and often being perceived as a lament.

The audio technician André Klar supports the team with his professional experience to get the best out of the little singers’ performance. One of his tricks is to use two microphones. Next to the microphone recording in front of the sound source a second one is put up on the side. Sometimes the microphones are also set up over cross. This way a flexibility can be achieved that is beneficial for the further processing of the audio material. In theory a movement toward or away from the sound source can be simulated.

During the last few weeks the recordings were mixed in a studio and incorporated into the Hevert sound to create a calming nature experience. Why not check the result right now? The Hevert Team hopes you will enjoy it.

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