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Hi Aural Chef, I too was looking at the H4n (among other things) but ended up getting the H2n. I have to say that IMO the H2n is the handier of the two for field recording with the potential for surround recording (which for me is sometimes useful) or the MS, which can be recorded in Raw Mode for later decoding, which again for me is also useful. While ...


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While the Zoom recorders and all those of the same echelon are mot the same as a Sound Devices or FR2, I strongly believe somethig which either Jay or Tim mentioned, which is that the best recorder is the one you have on you (in the same vain that the best mic for the job is the one in your hand). I started out using an H4n and rven though I've since ...


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A small portable recorder like the Zoom H4n or any other the similar devices will do the trick. Getting enough level won't be an issue - it's what recorders (and the preamps) are designed to do. Sound like you're doing more a radiojournalism style thing. This NPR page might be a good resource for you. It's a bit dated since it talks about DAT recorders - so ...


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You need a 2 mono to 1 stereo 3.5 adapter. (As it seems the input of the Zoom H1 is a 3.5 mm female jack). This is not a Y combiner. That is a cable with 2 female mono 3.5 mm jack to 1 male stereo 3.5 jack. For example :


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Hi Richie, Unfortunately, there is no guaranteed method to get good recordings in any situation. There are a though, a few considerations which you need to think about for any recording scenario - even when using a simple setup. The main considerations for the example you give are: How much background noise is there? How loud is the person going to be? ...


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I think the DR-680 is hands down the best purchase in the market unless you value something in the Sound Devices units (with at least triple the price) or it's oversized for your needs. https://pantherfile.uwm.edu/type/www/audio-art-tech-gallery/pages/Emil_DR680_SD702_QuadMic_Compare-present.html Has anyone got experience with the Tascam DR-680?


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I've used both but I own a DR-100mkII and for me it is definitely the better choice. The pre's are much better and I like the added features such as the omni mic's. For me, one of the biggest differences is the gain control - with the DR-40 you cannot get around the button noises when changing gain. I used to hate listening back to the recordings and hearing ...


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I have the Tascam DR40 and I must say its pretty good. Its in a lot of ways similar to the Zoom H4N, but is comparatively cheaper. I have used both, DR100 and DR40 and sound quality wise I feel there's not much of a difference between the DR100 and the DR40. Just that the DR100 has more functions (sometimes it feels that its more than what you actually need)....


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But the cam grip won't isolate from hand and movement noise, the rycote will. Wasn't that what you wanted?


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Bazza's bazaar, mostly for UK based gear Also Mike's film sound


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For what it's worth I've used an RE20 on an H4n and it sounded just fine. The fact that the website claims the H4n has great quality mics, and seems to make some other questionable claims on other recorders, I'm not entirely sure the information on that site is worth putting a whole lot of trust in. You run into potential output level issues with ...


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The key difference is calibration: a hand held sound meter, even a cheap one, has been calibrated in the factory. Your app and phone (microphone, internal preamp, dac) aren't. If you find a way to calibrate your app - most apps have a calibration setting - using a reference sound source or a calibrated SPL meter, you can improve the usefulness of those apps. ...


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Obviously the preamps and the A/D converters. Some say, devices differ in terms of phantom power, but I don't know about that. Also be aware that of the mentioned recorders only the H4n has XLR inputs. For the other ones you would need adapters and/or an additional mixer. In using a mixer e.g. a Sound Devices MixPre in the signal chain, you would have good ...


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There are several variables here. First of all, the preamps can have a lot of impact. Bad preamps may result in more noise, distorted sound, etc. The phantom power can also affect the sound; not enough current or power can affect the performance of the microphone. The AD converter inside the device can also affect the sound, although how much of this is ...


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I think the PCM-D100 will be the king of all handheld recorders! I think most professional sound recordists realise that handheld recorders of this size with XLR inputs all fail with noisy preamps, they're all okay (tascam dr100mkii, zoom h4n) but they don't cut it, so you either keep using your big beast 744t or you pair a recorder with a mixer (mixpre-d/...


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The Sony D100 looks intriguing. From what I've read, it's due early 2014, and retails for $1000. The extra frequency range looks interesting. But it really depends on how the preamps will shape up, in my opinion. http://blog.sony.com/2013/10/sony-unveils-pcm-d100-high-resolution-audio-portable-recorder/ I love using the Sony D50. I also have a H4n and an ...


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There will be a new Sony PCM D100 in a few months….I love my M10 Superior quality ! Very low noise !! I personally would´t recommend the Nagra Lino. I read not very good about it. Sorry. Have no links about articles. I did a lot of research in the last werks because of my dead h4n and i went for the m10. Super long stand by, superfast boot up ( even with two ...


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I don't have one, but have heard good things. Of interest regarding the mic pre's: http://www.avisoft.com/recordertests.htm I'd like to hear a recording comparison with internal mics though too. Wondering how this compares to the pcm-d50 and ls-100 in that respect.


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Sony PCM-M10 . I don't think she'll need cardioids, if the point is to just record tangible conversations (for which the PCM-M10 is rather fine). A perhaps better (if mono recording is preferred) option for hand-held recording would be a mono microphone of some sort and a recorder with a XLR mic input. Then there's the H6 which has "...


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Plenty of good opinions here! I'm just going to pitch in that to my ears, it doesn't matter what features or mic configurations the Zoom H2n offers – because the quality of the microphones is poor. I've heard plenty of speech recordings rendered unusable by its harsh high frequencies and high mids. On paper, it looks amazing, but in practice I just don't ...


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I was in the same boat a couple of months ago and after a lot of research I went with Sony PCM-M10, because it's a much quieter recorder than the Zoom so it works a lot better for ambience recordings, it's also sturdier which is a plus to carry it around everywhere you go. Plus it has true line input as opposed to the High-Z input from the Zoom incase you ...


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The options are quite wide as there's not only the XLR outputs, but also the tape out which is 3,5mm. If you want to use XLR, then the tascam DR-40 or DR-100mkII are the most common choices. For the tape out, I would recommend the Sony M10, Roland R-05, or any of the Olympus LS-series. If you want something with decent internal mics, then the Sony D50 is ...


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Effects are spliced into your recordings. They are supposed to be clearly audible and thus come with considerable gain. If they come with a non-trivial noise floor, this noise floor will be spliced in as well and will define start/end of the effect in a manner separate and distinguishable from the signal itself. The kind of signal you describe is more of ...


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You're missing out on a nice opportunity to team up with a sound person here. You can cover twice the ground and stick to doing whatever it is you (and they) do best. That said, it is possible to get sound effects with just your DR-100. Mind that most of the time a good sound effect has undergone some processing before you find it in a finished product. ...


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Hi! Check this out http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loop_recording. Endless tape recording is based upon, or it is, the same principle as surveillance systems. I've been looking for something like this myself but haven't found anything portable or affordable. So I'm in the process of building a system like this with a raspberry pi, pure data and a usb sound ...


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My low cost solution was to buy a Sound Devices MixPre-D to use with my iPad3: http://sonicskepsi.wordpress.com/2012/08/31/ipad3-♥-mixpre-d-♥-auria/ Hope this helps!


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The Rycote portable recorder suspension will help a lot with reducing handling noise and also a good windscreen in essential. With these two things you shouldn't have any issues with getting very good recordings. Hope this helps.


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I have had a lot of experience in tracking similar projects, often in less than ideal circumstances. Digest a lot of Mark Durham's answer for guidance. Below are some mistakes, ideas, and suggestions I wish I would have known beforehand. Some people are intimidated by holding a recorder or microphone to their face. Especially if you are overzealous in ...


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