Hi, my name is Bruce Rutkoski. I own Natureguy Studio, and do all the nature sound recording, editing, and mastering of the albums. I also do the photography and artwork. Natureguy is a nickname that fits me pretty well, since I really enjoy the outdoors. Some of my hobbies include backpacking, biking, rollerblading, outdoor photography (my photos all over this web site), 4 wheeling, and of course recording nature sounds. My professional background is in electronics, business, and wildlife research. I obtained my initial knowledge about microphones and recording equipment by working at a nationally known microphone company in the late '80s. I started recording nature sounds for personal use while working there, and have since dramatically improved my equipment and techniques. Wildlife recording is largely a self-taught skill, but I also pick up a few tips from contact with other wildlife recording engineers. I record the sounds of nature, because I find it to have a beautiful and peaceful quality that is soothing to our souls, and I would like to share that with others. It is truly a gift to hear how much my customers enjoy my recordings.
As of 2007, I am recording in 24-bit digital audio format with a preamplifier I specifically designed to be better than any available on the market. My microphone preamplifier uses current, state-of-the-art, low noise front-end electronics, with extremely low distortion. The equipment uses the best ADC available to directly generate a digital stream with a true 120dB dynamic range. I also use the world's lowest noise microphones for my stereo recording system. The microphones are modified to perform in challenging outdoor environments. The resulting recordings are labeled Gold Series CDs, and they are some of the very best nature sound CDs and MP3s on the market today.
My personal goals are to produce nature sound CDs that capture the true essence of nature and create a sense of adventure that people will enjoy. I strive to record the environments as they would actually sound if you were at the location in person— often much better. I believe in preserving the sounds of natural environments for future generations to hear. I often feel that I am recording some of the last peaceful places where wildlife still thrives in a natural environment. I fear future generations may not know what they are loosing until natural sounds are completely overwhelmed by manmade noise.