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Very big difference. The mics are much better and it has a much quieter noise floor. It is more expensive then the H4n but if you use it a lot it, will pay for itself with its battery life and the remarkably few times you will need to change the batteries. H4n eats up batteries and D-50 last forever on a set. I upgraded to the D-50 in the spring and have ...


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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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Are you looking at the Sound Devices 722 for a specific reason rather than the Sound Devices 702? You REALLY don't need that kind of storage. An 8GB CF card will last you for at least a day for sure, even several. Plus, do you really want to have all your sounds on a huge drive, ready to get corrupt from running around chasing sounds or stollen from being in ...


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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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The Marantz PMD661 is nice. The preamps are quite good (although not quite as good as the Sound Devices), but for a fraction of the price. XLR and 1/4" headphone output. It may or may not suit your needs. It's hard to tell from the original post.


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Yep, D50 much better in that regard - though I'd hang on to that H4n for low pro recordings with ext mics. Here's the shootout I did a while back. Edit: people are suggesting the Sony XLR adapter is the main way to get XLR mics into the device. IMO the Deneke PS2 is a far better solution for 1/3d the price. listening test of PS2->PCMD50 vs a 744t here.


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If you're looking for better sound quality, I'd suggest saving your money for decent external mics instead of purchasing an entirely new recorder. Sony PCM D50 ($484): Good built-in mics. No XLR input. Great for "on the run" recording but the lack of XLR input (and ridiculous size/cost of the XLR adapter) makes it a poor standalone recorder. IMO, not a ...


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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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Thats tough man, the guilt you might feel. So you're not a god afterall.


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You might be a sound recordist..


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


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I had a D-50 and it was stolen from me... literally! so I bought a H4N so if they steal from me again it will be a smaller pain... for me these 2 are 2 different things - H4N for effects - D-50 for ambiances - the end.


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Currently I only use an NTG-2 with a H4n that was within my budget, so far I haven't had any problems really only like I'm sure you've heard before the preamps aren't too good when recording quiet sounds, I almost always need to have some noise-reduction during editing but I'm so used to it doesn't bother me anymore. If you can afford the Sony D-50 you can ...


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The problem with H4N + Rode NTG2 is that the zoom's preamps are too quiet, and you'll probably want a mic preamp (e.g. MixPre) to get a hotter signal. Some people here have supported the NTG2 + PCM-D50 combo -- link If you can find a D50 for cheap it might be worth it. It's got great preamps and and very solid internal mics. Something like the Denecke PS-...


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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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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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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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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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