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You can go round and round driving yourself crazy about which pocket recorder is "better". The one that's the best is the one that's with you. The number of sounds that I missed while I was trying to decide which piece of kit was "the best" is far more agonizing than the thought that I could've gotten something better, cheaper, more versatile, etc.


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A MixPre-D and a Sony PCM-D10 or PCM-D50, depending on your budget, would be a killer combo: Rock solid build, less weight when you don't need the mic pre's, good control, but you top out at 96kHz as opposed to 192kHz with bag-based recorders. Get the MixPre-D 1/4-20 screw adapter and you can mate it with a D50, nice and clean. I need to pass on the second ...


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The monorail/transit system is widely underused, and could help you collect some clean transit sounds. The gold or spice souqs aren't bad to visit for general outdoor crowd ambiences, but I don't remember when they're busiest. The spice souq is also right by a canal/river, usually with some decent activity (boats, people loading/unloading gear, and call to ...


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I contacted Sony, and they have said that the PCM-D50 is not being discontinued, but the D1 is. So, keep buying them awesome Sony hand-held recorders. UPDATE #1: Fly in the ointment. Someone heard from a different Sony rep that they are going to be discontinued. So, now we're all confused. Gonna try following up again tomorrow. UPDATE #2: Contacted Sony ...


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I have the Tascam DR-100 MKII and it's brilliant. The inbuilt mics are surprisingly good, the SNR is impressive. Battery-life of the rechargeable battery seems pretty decent, I haven't tested it out fully yet or tried it with phantom power on, but so far so good. The build quality is superb; sturdy metal casing, the buttons and wheel feel nice. It even comes ...


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I agree with Skarik, I also use the Tascam and its great. The built-in mics are better then I expected, I have used it for all manner of recording and I have not been disappointed. You also get the flexibility to hook up your own mics as well. Only draw back for me is you can't record using the built-in mics at the same time as an external mic. In my ...


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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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Maybe I'm wrong, but as far as I know, this 16/44.1 thing is some kind of hardware limitation. But for this price, it seems very good.


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I'm definitely going to be getting one of these. The best audio device you have is the one to hand.


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Something you may want to consider is using a device like the Zoom H4N or the Marantz PMD661 as a recording device, and buying yourself some decent mic pres to drive the signal (rather than the device's built-in preamps). A Sound Devices MixPre would work well ahead of either of those devices. Or you could look into a piece of used, higher-end, gear like a ...


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look at the "Related" box to the right of the discussion. I vote Sony PCM-D50 (I have the M10). Don't be fooled by the lack of XLR inputs. It's all about ergonomy and durability. Sony have put in a lot of effort.


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Happy New Year to all of you! On New Year's Eve I played around with my new Tascam iM2. For a better handling and windprotection I mounted the iPhone to a Rycote suspension plus windshield. Please follow the links below to see some fotos and find some audio examples on SoundCloud. I did some editing on the files but no eq or dynamic processing. For recording,...


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Since you asked for quiet and less popular recorders, I'd also look at the Sony PCM D1 or the Nagra SD. I haven't tried the Nagra, but there's a good review of it here. I have the PCM D1 and it has very little self noise. I use it to record room tone all the time. Both are pricey, but low noise preamps are expensive to manufacture, especially in a small ...


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I've just got a Roland R-26 mainly for recording foley and so far I've not been disappointed. It comes with 2 directional and 2 omni-direction mics built in. Jigsaw are currently doing a deal where you get the carry case and dead kitten worth £75 included in the price (£386). It records in mp3 or WAV, up to 96 KHz, 24-bit. It also has 2 analog ins for ...


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I own a DR-40 and it rocks. I can't do it right now, but I will post some links with recordings from it. Battery lasts a lot, I've actually utilized with a co-worker and he owns de Zoom H4n, and we have both reached the conclusion that the DR-40 is better, performance wise; sound quality wise should be more of a subjective answer which I would rather leave ...


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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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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 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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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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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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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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