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RE: field recorders


  I picked up the Nomad to record my live concerts, and although the
recording quality was very good, I was extremely frustrated by the
interface. The recording controls are buried in submenus. Worse still, an
undocumented 'feature' of the Nomad is that recordings are broken up into
110MB (10:54sec) files with information dropped between them, making long
recordings almost useless. Needless to say, I returned the Nomad and am 
to my good ol' MiniDisc.


> ----------
> From:         Alex Stahl
> Reply To:     Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Sent:         Tuesday, August 21, 2001 10:55 AM
> To:   Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com
> Subject:      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.
Jamie Drouin
Visual Designer
Electrix/IVL Technologies Ltd
6710 Bertram Place, Victoria, BC, V8M 1Z6 Canada

email... jamie@electrixpro.com  fax... 250-544-4102  voice... 250-544-4114

> 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
> currently
> >for something portable & battery powered for recording ambiences, sound
> efx,
> >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.
> >
> >
> >Thanks
> >T om