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You can't gaffer-tape a Schoeps ORTF rig to a windmill (which I did with my Zoom). You can't easily take a rig into a 1.66-mile underground abandoned train tunnel and record without getting water on your mics (which I did with my Zoom). You can't set up your rig on an airplane to get captain announces or the seatbelt sign or the take-off and landing ...


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A webcam mic is going to be nowhere near good enough to record infrasound. Most mics, good or bad, aim to capture sound between 20Hz & 20KHz [the approximate absolute limits of human hearing]. The cynic in me would say that roughly, the higher the price, the closer to achieving that they may get. Then there are specialist mics - made by some very ...


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I like to use a simple analogy to professional photographers. My Sound Devices and Schoeps MS kit is my Hasselblad, studio-grade camera. My Sony PCM D-1 is my point and shoot camera (albeit a nice point and shoot). Ansel Adams lugged a heavy camera rig around (with the help of an assistant) and captured some brilliant and detailed images, often by waiting ...


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If you want to save some money and do it yourself you might try suspending a membrane of some sort, like a piece of paper or plastic, and attaching an accelerometer to it. A quick search found the MMA8453Q made by Freescale Semiconductor. It costs a dollar, takes 10bit samples, and samples at a rate of up to 800Hz. The max sensitivity mode is 2g which ...


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Often (but not always) "gain" on a line-in is actually attenuation. "Line-In" can refer to a number of different signal levels, ranging from -10dbV to +6 dbu (this part you may already know). A "line-in" jack can be set to take say -10dbV, at 0 attenuation, and then attenuate the signal accordingly as the signal get's hotter. However "gain" is more ...


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Use my H4N all the time... On the current TV show I'm doing (Les Bleus de Ramville for TFO here in the Great White North) all the BG's were recorded with it. As @Utopia said it's so small, and so stealthy I don't have issue carting it into places where bringing the full rig would bring undue attention - not from a legal perspective per se, but from curious ...


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Well, it depends on how much you can actually get away from the show and the bus. Getting to acoustically unspoiled locations means getting far away (usually) from the highway. OTOH, during a month long tour, I took the opportunity to record every hotel room I stayed in, and got a whole lot of ambience recordings and specifics out of it. May not be what you'...


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I use a Sony PCM-D50 and have gotten all kinds of useful stuff I wouldn't have without it. It's definitely better for ambiences than point sounds, but I've used it for both. There have been times where I need some particular sounds, and the only stuff that matches were ones recorded with that little piece of gear. Worth 3 times its weight in gold.


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I think even if you can't get away from the show and bus too much you've got a good opportunity to build a library of genuinely useful recordings. If you can take your recording kit into the venues you'd probably have an opportunity not many field recordists get, to record the sound of music venues without people or music! That should yield some interesting ...


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This is not a direct answer to your question. What you need is not a direct answer because in order to carry out your intentions successfully you will need to know exactly what you are doing. Infrasound is a different world. Recording infrasound is much like exploring the mariana trench or deep space. You will not get far if you don't know where you're going ...


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All the time. My Sony M10 was, at one point, the only mic I had access to. It just meant I had to be a bit more creative with mic-ing and editing the end result.


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I'm never without my M10. I've used my Zooms and M10 as supplemental recorders to get helo and combat sounds as well as ambiences in remote countries where a Sound Devices and mic might attract undue attention. Those sounds have all gotten a lot of use. Even if a bunch of higher-end rigs are getting the bulk of your tracks, it's always nice to have some ...


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Of course I use recordings I've made with my handheld(s), otherwise what's the point?


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My Zoom is really the best piece of kit I own (I'm poor), but even if it wasn't I'd probably go to it A LOT. Because it's small enough to carry around in a large pocket, and it sounds decent. Finally, it's cheap enough that if it gets broken or stolen, I won't have to sell my car to get a new one. You know what they say... the best camera you have is the ...


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Audio tape speeds are measured in ips (inches per second) or in cm/s (centimeters per second), not RPM (i.e. there is no typical/common RPM). The actual RPM of the reels changes with the amount of tape. The speed of the tape is not controlled by the reel motors them selves, but rather the capstan motor, which then ensures a constant speed (and typically the ...


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What you are looking for is a seismograph


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I use it all the time, for the reasons cited above. Better to have a recording made with medium-quality gear than to sit around wishing you could have a recording with the super-nice gear you don't have with you. I just did a whole mess of field recording in D.C. with my Zoom while on vacation--there's just no way I could have lugged my Sound Devices and ...


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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 still don't have 50 experience to comment on an above post, but I'll second the Mix-pre. I'd buy used for around $600 or so and spend the rest on whatever new recorder you find to your liking. You're going to get good, quiet preamps, and low noise phantom power, along with several other features. You're going to want low noise equipment when recording ...


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Fostex FR2-LE or Tascam DR-680 End of thread.


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I always think Michael Raphael's blog about his location recorder trajectory is a useful read when thinking about what recorder you want to buy. I'm not suggesting you copy him exactly, but his notes on why the Fostex wasn't necessarily the best for him are interesting. http://www.noisejockey.net/blog/2009/07/05/the-gateway-drug-samson-zoom-h2/


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I also would like to know if they've upgraded pres and if they have a better line level design. Think looks wild though! also, it's finally a viable interface rather than just a two in!


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Good responses so far. I've done some boat recording and I found two things very useful: 1) Plumbers Tape-- rubberized tape used to seal pipes and other stuff. It's has all of the uses of gaff tape, plus it can make objects/seals water tight. 2) Dry bags--Used for diving etc., (usually found in places like REI) keep a recorder in there, sealed with ...


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a cheapomatic solid-state-memory recorder with no moving parts and no phantom power should not generate any heat so you can stuff it in whatever you can construct, and take cables out to a waterproof microphone or hydrophone or, best, both going left and right. You could probably wrap+hide a Zoom H1 easily? It won't win on quality but imagine a 702 sinking :)...


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I used my H4N on two features this past summer and I use it all the time for SFX gathering. Sure it doesn't sound as good as recorder that Sound Devices or Fostex puts out, but you can still get some good recordings out of it.


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I have used recordings done with my zoom on 3 films and some tv drama and shorts. (ambiences with the built in mics and fx + wild foley with a shotgun) Now i mostly use my sound devises recorder and sennheiser mics, so i keep my zoom in my bag together with a bunch of different contact mics only, in case i come across something interesting.


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It gets used all the time!


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love my d50, and prior h4. They both have captured sounds that have played in big film trailers, as well TV. Second best piece of gear I own. Amazing days for the wandering sound collector.


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I have a D50 and a ZOOM used them both for "big" films. I like the noise floor of the D50 better but I'm not afraid to throw the H4N in the ring.


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