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Re: MiniDisc for field recording

On Sunday, September 22, 2002, at 03:53 AM, Mark Sottilaro wrote:

> After seeing Matt D's amazing found object set, my wife started talking 
> about using field recordings in her music.  I figure a MD 
> player/recorder would be the way to go, but which one?  What's the best 
> model currently made?  Do they all have mic inputs?  CNET didn't seem 
> to mention this feature on any of them.  A recommendation for a decent 
> stereo mic would be useful too.

I've been away for a week, so have some catching up to do. Re: minidisc 
recorders, I basically use anything that I can get hold of. Using them 
in hot/cold/damp/dusty climates certainly reduces their life - so I'm 
not sure if I would purchase a hugely expensive one if I were you. I 
currently have an old Sony MZR35 (I think thats the model number) and 
use a brand new Sony ECM-MS907 stereo condenser mic to record live 
ambience. The mic cost about 100$ new in France, and I've been pretty 
happy with the results. They do a bigger model at about double the 
price, but I have not had the chance to get my hands on one yet.

IMHO, I think minidiscs are minidiscs are minidiscs. I have tried cheap 
models and expensive models in my time, and apart from size/battery 
benefits of the top of the range models, the actual sound quality is not 
noticable between the models. They all (to my knowledge) have mic 
inputs, and most have digital in, but only the top of the range have 
digital out.

If you want to hear what my setup sounds like, I have a load of mp3's 
that I've just uploaded to my site (check todays news section) from the 
Paris Plage sessions. There are 3 listed there now, but I'm going to 
upload another 2 or 3 later today. The sound quality is a bit crap, but 
that was due to bad mic positioning and also a crappy overloaded Crate 
Acoustic amp - but you can hear the stereo ambience of 
people/bikes/rollerbladers going past.... as well as the audience...

Stuart Wyatt - Solo String Project