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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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We have a Deva 5.8 at work, and overall it's a great piece of gear. My biggest gripe with the 5.8, and I assume the 5 will have the same issue, is that it's a bitch to get the data off of it. Unlike the Sound Devices gear, it cannot act as an external hard drive with your computer (though I think there may be an adapter you can buy now that let's you do that....


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I own the GoPro HD Hero2 camera and to be honest: it's a fun camera, but the actual quality is not that good as you might think at first. The material is hard to grade, it tends to get noisy, doing recordings underwater gives you condensed water on the lens, etc.,etc. Nevertheless I still like it. That said, I think a cheap Zoom H2n is actually kinda the ...


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the sm8 is a mono mic so: 1 sm58 mic = mono signal --> mono mic 2 sm58 mics = 2 mono signals --> you can set them up for stereo micing(xy,ab etc.) or record two different sources in mono without spatializing inputs + internal mic --> combination of above + 1 stereo track combined of the tr40 internal mics channels = tascam 4 track recorder Or did i get the ...


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I own a Sony PCM-D50 recorder and while handling noise can be a pain, there are ways to train yourself to avoid it. The Rycote will definitely provide relief, but so will training your hand to grip firmly in a comfortable position while managing the headphone cable. The cam grip will not provide the shock absorption needed to avoid handling noise. If you ...


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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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