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Re: field recorders

I'm currently testing the Sound Devices USBPre, waiting for the ASIO 
driver to enable 24-bit recording with a Powerbook. I've also read 
that one of the current mp3 players with an internal drive (I think 
it's the Nomad?) will record uncompressed 16/44 stereo audio as well. 
I'd be interested in any stories about their sound quality.

My concern about compressed field recordings is primarily that if you 
do a lot of subsequent processing (which might be an understatement 
on this list!), esp. pitch shifting, that the carefully designed 
"perceptual masking" tricks start to break down.

At 12:37 AM -0400 8/21/01, klem klemmingberg wrote:
>All the recent talk of crickets, frogs, and cicadas put me to wondering
>what folks use for their field recordings.  I am actually looking 
>for something portable & battery powered for recording ambiences, sound 
>etc., & am unsure of what to get.
>I like the sound of a Nagra III, but it's bulky & a bit pricey.
>There's one of those little Marantz mono cassette numbers at a
>nearby music store, but I don't know much about them.
>I'm hesitant about MD because of data compression, but I'd be interested
>to hear what MD users think about them.
>T om