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Old September 17th, 2005, 02:37 AM   #1
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Portable Sound Recording up to $500

I need a portable recorder for sound. I will be using an AT4053a or 4073a mic with a Beachtek and want a recorder that will get me great quality sound and record in WAV files, transferable with USB or Firewire. I am looking at the pro-level Minidisc players, though I don't need removeable storage. Anything else I should be looking at for up to $500? I will use it for recording ambiance, ADR, sound effects, music, etc.

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Old September 17th, 2005, 06:30 AM   #2
 
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HDMD, and/or the MicroTrack from M-Audio, which just started shipping. Both are powerful yet small tools.
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Old September 17th, 2005, 07:22 AM   #3
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Here's the link... should get my microtrack in the next 2 weeks...
http://www.m-audio.com/products/en_u...2496-main.html
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:25 PM   #4
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Please post a review once you have a chance to play with it. Looks like what I might be looking for, though the 1/4" inputs with phantom power aren't making sense to me - I though phantom power was an XLR thing.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:30 PM   #5
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Just get an XLR F to 1/4" TRS... the 1/4" plugs into the MicroTrack and the other end goes to the mic... trs still delivers the phantom. No problems.

After already ordering and paying for a MicroTrack I'm trying to decide if I should cancel my order and get the Marantz 671.

It's a bummer that M-Audio didn't go with a couple AA batteries instead of a sealed in job that's got to be recharged every few hours (of constant use).

I'm gonna' have to figure something out for that to not be a problem.
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Old September 18th, 2005, 10:41 PM   #6
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Well here are some reasons to keep your M-Audio order:

1. The Marantz is more than twice the price.
2. The Marantz is 3" longer, just enough to make it inconvenient to carry in a pocket.

At $999 I would not consider it. I can do a lot with the remaining $600 after paying $400 for the M-Audio unit. What are you getting for an extra $600? The ability to swap batteries? Not worth it.

The phantom power on either unit is great and I don't believe is a feature of the Sony MD units, though I could be wrong. I won't have to use the Beachtek with it and can leave that attached to my camcorder.

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Old September 19th, 2005, 08:05 AM   #7
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Please post a review once you have a chance to play with it. Looks like what I might be looking for, though the 1/4" inputs with phantom power aren't making sense to me - I though phantom power was an XLR thing.
Phantom power and balanced signals are an electronic thing while XLR and 1/4" plugs are a physical connector arrangement thing <grin>. XLR connectors provide for 3 conductors but so do 1/4" TRS (Tip, Ring, Sleeve) connectors. While XLR is commonly used for mic circuits, the reason it's often preferred over TRS is not that its electrical properties or that it provides phantom power but rather that it locks solidly into its socket and so provides some protection against accidental disconnect and noise from loose or dirty connections as the talent moves about. (There are other multi-conductor connectors that could be used for balanced audio including phantom power as well - you'll run into them connecting mics to wireless bodypacks, for example.)
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Old September 19th, 2005, 09:47 AM   #8
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I'm with you Matt. They were so close! If only they'd used AA batteries the MicroTrack would an amazingly cool gadget. It was really tempting me to forsake minidisc once and for all. I guess you could always buy two, they're so cheap.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 05:28 PM   #9
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Marco... yeah I'm REALLY torn... I either want two or none! You'll know what I did in the next week or two... 'cause as usual... I won't be quiet about anything I like or don't like.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 06:11 PM   #10
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Are you sure you need phantom? It would probably last a pretty long time without it.
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Old September 19th, 2005, 06:40 PM   #11
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No I don't need phantom... but a couple guys have the MicroTracks over at taperssection.com and they're fielding questions as fast as we can ask them... every day is a new batch of answers since last Thursday.

Even without phantom OR even headphone monitoring the durations have been like 3 HOURS instead of the 8 that M-Audio says they'll do!

WiFiJeff is one of the most helpful guys over there and he rigged a 4-AA battery pack into the charge jack and he's still only getting 5 hours... and this is WITHOUT phantom! (and from what I understand this is NOT a battery bypass, but rather the unit acts like it's being charged from the plugged in batteries and it will run down it's own battery AND the plugged in batteries in that time... so basically the extra 4-AAs are giving an extra couple hours... the extras don't run all the way down, just low enough that the unit doesn't see a charging load anymore and shuts off)

Fudge.

I'm going to get a CLEAR DEFINITION of the return policy on mine... and if I don't like what they tell me then I'm holding off until I hear more about everyone else's experience.

If nothing else I'd like for M-Audio to get a big F-U from the general public for not designing the thing a little bigger and letting us keep the damn thing going! (by having the option of changing batteries as needed)... even a lousy mini-plug that you could route to a larger battery would have been reasonable!
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Old September 19th, 2005, 08:25 PM   #12
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I wonder what's sucking all that juice? It's just a flash recorder, isn't it? You'd think it would be pretty efficient.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 02:58 AM   #13
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I had just assumed it was batteries that run the M-Audio.
I was thinking about maybe getting it but I would be
using it with two 48V phantom mics at once.
Anyone heard how long it lasts with phantom? Three
hours without phantom is not very long at all.
Even two 9V batteries to run it would be better than
this solution.
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Old September 20th, 2005, 03:21 AM   #14
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Does Edirol offer anything small, with phantom power?
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