UH-1H Huey Helicopter Recording

I’ve been recording many helicopters this summer and when this Huey became available I jumped on it. I placed several microphones around and inside while the helicopter was undergoing what they call “track and balance” tests. After the Huey was serviced and all the proper inspections take place they bring it out for a series of “track and balance” runs. I also was able to set microphones up when the Huey went for a few test flights. Below are some photos and a video from two separate recording sessions.

Recording the Sound of a UH-1H Huey Helicopter
On August 17, 2016 I had the privilege of recording a fantastic sounding helicopter. Special thanks to Brian, Ammy and Travis from Timberline Helicopters for allowing me to be present during the test runs. I’m very grateful. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_h4GwuBZLKA

Recording the Sound of a UH-1H Huey Helicopter Part-2
On August 21, 2016 I recorded the sound of a Bell UH-1H “Huey” starting and departing. Recorded with a Schoeps MK4-MK8 MS Stereo microphone on a very quiet Sunday morning.


A Sennheiser MKH-8040ST XY microphone rig placed very close to the turbine engine.


A Sanken CSS-5 MS stereo microphone placed under the nose and pointed upward to record the blades. Worked great!


A Schoeps MS stereo microphone setup which I had on a boom pole and later placed on a stand.


A Sennheiser MKH-8040ST ORTF microphone rig placed inside on foam to help absorb strong vibrations.

Bell UH – 1 Huey Helicopter Interior
Recorded with a Sennheiser MKH8040ST Stereo ORTF pair microphone setup. In his audio clip, the Huey was making a turn, landing and powering down.