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Can I Record 4ch in a zoom H4n with my setup?

I need to record a live session, and I am trying not to buy anything else. I have a Zoom h4n as a recorder / mixer mics: 1 Shure SM 57 dinamic mic(to record percussion) (xlr cable) 1 Shure SM 11 ...
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Tascam DR-44WL vs DR-100 MKIII vs USB Microphone Sound Quality

Please help me to better understand the difference in a sound quality that I should expect if I stick with one of these options: Tascam DR-44WL (Built-in Microphones) Tascam DR-100 MKIII (Built-in ...
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Is it a drawback for Tascam DR-100 or similar recorders to not have adjustable AB/XY mic positions?

I was looking at DR-40 and DR-100 and notice that only DR-40 has adjustable microphone positions. I see the option to adjust the mics as a good feature. I am surprised to see that the more expensive ...
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Audio recording at wrong speed

I have recorded a speech using my tablet voice recorder. The output is in m4a. When I open the recording (both in the tablet and in PC), the audio is distorted. Put in layman's terms, it's like he's ...
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Which inexpensive device can record 8 channels (tracks) simultaneously?

I'm looking for portable recording device that can record 4 pairs of left\right channels, total 8. I found one that suits me, Zoom F8, but it is very expensive and almost not portable.
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What is the difference between headphone jack and line out on Zoom H5 Audio Recorder?

I'm not very familiar with sound engineering, so this may be a stupid question! I use a Zoom H5 for video production work. I plug microphones into the H5, and then plug the Line Out from it into the ...
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How to connect lavalier microphone with 3.5 jacks into XLR/TRS (using a converter)?

I have two lav microphones, Audio-Technica ATR3350, that have 3.5mm (1/8) mini-jacks I am looking at Tascam DR60 Mk2 that has 2 XLR/TRS combo ports for input. Could I use 1/8 to 1/4 adapters on the ...
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What determines the quality of a sound recorded with device into which a mic is plugged in?

Let's say we have one good boom mic and several recording devices. For instance boom mic plugged into zoom h1n, zoom h2n, zoom h4n, smartphone, dslr etc. What technical features of those recording ...
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Using a journalist recorder for field recordings

I was plotting to buy one of these digital audio recorders for journalists, which I want to use for field recordings. Are these devices good for it?
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Sony PCM-D100 Mic In

here is a question I also asked on gearslutz: I'm planning to build my first field recording rig. I already have a 416 + Blimp. Until now, my plan was to get a SD 702 and a Sony PCM-M 10. For me, a ...
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

I have seen people use a stand that looks a lot like the Nano Black Stand by Manfrotto. I need a stand to use with my Sony D100 in the wild. So, it will have to stand firm on bumpy environments. Do ...
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best settings to record indoor interview using Zoom H5 recorder and 2 external mics

I will be recording a number of interviews in office settings using a Schoeps CMC641 and a suitable lav mic. These will be connected to a Zoom H5 recorder. Question: how should I configure the ...
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Combine two mono mics into one stereo signal, such that each mic gets its own channel (left and right) [duplicate]

I am recording with Zoom H1. I have two ATR-3350 lav mics. They are self-powered and have 3.5 mm (1/8") mono miniplug. I would like to combine them into one stereo signal such that the left channel ...
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cheap hand held sound meter vs smartphone app

For learning purposes i want to play around with a sound meter. Are the smartphone sound meter apps (have a droid 2) that accurate? Is a $30 hand held sound meter usually going to be more accurate?
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Using External Mics with the Tascam DR-40

Will the Tascam DR-40 add any self noise or hiss to higher quality external mics? Also is it okay to use two different external mics into the Tascam DR-40 at once? Thanks
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Feasible way to make an omnidirectional dynamic microphone portable?

Info: I have an ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B microphone (handheld, dynamic, omnidirectional) that I want to use for man-on-the-street type interviews. I will be holding the mic in my hand just as you would ...
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Can I use a portable recorder with a dynamic mic? (Specifically, a ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B)

I'm looking for a portable recorder which my ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B will plug into for 'man-on-the-street' type interviews; but, I recently read this: note: we cannot recommend dynamic microphones ...
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Olympus LS-100 or Sony PCM M10

I've got a Zoom H2 as a fieldrecorder, but I don't like the noisy preamps and the interface. So I was looking into a new fieldrecorder and found some interesting ones. First I found the Sony PCM M10, ...
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Gain knob on Sound Devices MixPre moving during recording

I use the Sound Devices MixPre-D to do field recording and I'm finding that one of the gain knobs often gets moved while I'm out recording. It seems to be just a touch loose compared to the other ...
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Who is the king of the portable field recorders?

I'm looking to purchase a portable field recorder to keep on me at all times, in order to capture those golden sounds we all come across day to day. I'm well aware of the usual suspects (H4N, M10, etc....
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Roland R-26 to use for sound design

I am thinking about upgrading my PCM-M10 into a X/Y, A/B portable recorder and through my research it seems that the R-26 is a good option. Do you guys have experience with it? How is the noisefloor ...
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Handheld recorder for a journalist?

A friend recently asked me what handheld recorder to buy as a journalist. I am not sure what a radio journalist needs, but my thoughts are that it needs to be able to go both omni and carioid ...
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Few questions about portable field recorders!

I'm stuck deciding between a Zoom H2n and a Sony PCM-M10 for doing recordings on the go at random if an interesting sound comes up. This will be for building a portfolio for sound design, not for a ...
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good portable recorder using an external pre

Hi there, I'm thinking of getting Sound Device's USBPre 2 as I need a new audio interface at home and would also like to start recording in the field (I heard this interface is portable). So my ...
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Tascam DR-100 carry case: PortaBrace AR-100, Petrol PS615 or a camera case?

Hi guys, Just wondering what Tascam DR-100 / DR-100MkII users are using for a carry case? I'm looking at the PortaBrace AR-100 or the Petrol Bags PS615, or finding a suitable camera case as people ...
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Will an external microphone make a tremendous difference in my work?

Hello everyone, I am a 3D artist who is undertaking a few independent projects in the area of app development. As such, I am now exploring the world of audio production for the first time. The first ...
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Portable Audio Recorder with Cycle Buffer Option?

@SteveOBrian's comment over on the Russian Meteor Explosion Question "One should have set up a recorder with half an hour pre-rec all the time" Got me thinking about looking into such a recorder. ...
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Want to buy a portable recorder for birthday tomorrow

Hi I want to buy a portable recorder for my birthday tomorrow to record sound fx. My budget currently is 12000 Rs. here in Mumbai which is enough for Zoom H2N which interests me because of its ...
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Zaxcom Deva V users

Hi group Any of you using a Zaxcom Deva V recorder? Ive been offered a demo model for around $2000 from a dealer. Besides the Deva V being an older model, Its still a $10000 plus recorder. There must ...
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Pocket Sturdy Microphone

I find recently, I plant a few portable recorders when location recording 8/10 times I'm using those recording for front in the mix, They are reliable, sturdy, durable and in comparison to alot of ...
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Tascam DR-40 & Shure SM58

I have a two Shure SM58 which I use for stage work. I also have just acquired a Tascam Dr40, primarily for the xlr inputs. I am getting a mono signal from the SM58s and no one from where I bought the ...
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How best to record dialogue whilst walking using portable device

Hi, Basically as the title states. I'm well aware that portable devices are very sensitive to movement, but does that mean it isn't really feasible to try record conversation whilst walking for ...
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Best techniques for using portable recorders for dialogue, interviews etc

Hi, I'm a novice at sound recording but after doing all the necessary research have decided a portable recorder is what best fits my needs (thinking of something like the Tascom DR-40). However, ...
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Tascam DR-680 ratings??

I'm in the process of getting rid of my zoom h4n primarily because of the noisy circuitry inside. I have found that most tascam stuff is extremely quiet. With the zoom I use an MP1 sound device preamp ...
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Marantz PMD-661 & SD MixPre or Tascam HD-P2

Hi i want to buy my first portable recorder for making SFX and field recording. I'm thinking to get Marantz PMD-661 with Sound Devices MixPre or go with a Tascam HD-P2 instead (without MixPre) So ...
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TASCAM DR-100 MKII Vs DR-40??

Hey guys. I had a query about which one's better. performance wise, battery wise, and frequency range wise. I have boiled down to these two and i am really confused as to which one to go for. Also ...
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Fostex FR-2 vs FR-2 LE

I'm looking to buy a semi-pro field recorder. I've done some research and the LE arguably seems to be one of the best in this price range, good pre-amps for the money. The headphone output seems to be ...
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What to record in Dubai?

I'm visiting Dubai for a vacation next week and want to also do a little field recording. Has anyone any suggestions of good places to record, interesting markets etc. I'm intending to go to the top ...
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Edirol R-44 mic preamp mods

I am thinking about upgrading the preamps in my Edirol R-44 as I really like the recorder, but find the mic preamps a little noisy. If you have modified yours, which mod did you go for and how ...
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Sound Devices Mix Pre and…?

Hey all! I know that the hand held recorder question has come up on this forum more times than I've had hot dinners, but none that specifically answer this; Has anyone used the Sound Devices Mix Pre-...
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Zoom H2/H2n comparison, does the H2n have less preamp noise than the H2?

Does anyone have both recorders? I understand all of the differences with regards to the mic choice and usability, I was just wondering if the new preamps were noticeably quieter. I am thinking of ...
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Handheld recorders for BGs and Ambiences

Hi everyone, I'm looking into a handheld for the sole purpose of recording those quick one-off ambiences: a subway station late at night, wind whistling in a stairwell of somewhere you're visiting ...
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PCM-D50 discontinued?

Noticed that the Sony PCM-D50 recorder is discontinued. I like mine so much I almost wanted to buy one as a backup. I love the noise floor, battery life, and heavy duty-ness of the unit. What other ...
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Run 120v gear on batteries? Lightweight options even possible?

So Im looking to upgrade my audio interface and found the RME UFX which has some great field recording capabilities aside from the lack of battery powered operation. I also want to upgrade my portable ...
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tascam hs-p82 8 ch recorder mixer for prod recording and field recording

I'm considering this vs the zaxcom nomad. Has anyone had experience with the Tascam? Cheers
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Recommend me a good hand held recorder

Hi there Am looking at Zoom H4n for 269 pounds UK. Does anyone have any alternatives that would be better? I'm not up my my handhelds! Just want something portable thanks
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New Portable Recorders for 2012: Olympus LS-100 and Tascam DR-100 Mk2; anyone had a go?!

Hi All, I know the questions asked about portable recorders on here are numerous and repetitive but this is a very simple "question" about two devices that will be new to the market this year, within ...
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Field Recorders, Quality to Price, any hidden companies?

I am in the middle of researching different field recorders. Sound devices - £1400 for just 2 channels, twice that for 4 :( Zaxcom - nomad is around £2500 slightly too much Roland R44 - GREAT ...
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Mid-priced Portable Recorders & Microphone.

Hi, I'm looking to buy a portable recorder and shotgun microphone. I want the recorder to have decent internal mic's, to get some nice ambience recordings, but, as I can't really afford an extra pre-...
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Is this the Zoom killer?

alt text http://www.tascamcontractor.com/content/images/universal/misc/im2_with_iphone_grey.jpg Probably not, but at $80 it may become many people's go-to solution for impromptu everyday captures. ...