I produce nature recordings accompanied with a separately recorded spoken word channel.
My technical understanding is pretty minimal, I am just trying to get the cleanest sound and get on with the recordings.
I have been using DPA 4060 omnidirectional mics for the nature recordings and a sennheiser me66 shotgun mic for spoken word. This has been rigged up to a marantz pmd661 portable recorder. I then use either garageband or audacity post production.
I have found the mics to be excellent but find that there is a hiss present in the recordings.
My question is whether this hiss is common with this level of portable recorders and whether I would do better coupling an audio interface (like the Focusrite Saffire PRO 14) to my macbook pro.
There are times when I need the portability - and I will use the portable recorder for those times, but when the portability of the macbook pro and audio interface is not an issue, will I get better sound quality from it?