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Old July 11th, 2007, 11:40 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by Dan Keaton View Post
Dear Gints,
Most all cameras record at 16 bits whereas the Sound Devices 744t can record at 24 bits.
As you note, the advantage is better audio than the prosumer camera can provide. In addition to more bits for headroom, the linear PCM recording offered by these external audio recorders exceeds the quality of MPEG-1 Layer 2 audio compression. Generally, that compression is adequate. It dies when a mistake is made, such as the microphone level (or speaker) is too low and the noise floor rises. Then, you're left with this modulated hiss.

Originally Posted by Dan Keaton View Post
You could consider getting a 744t and then one of the other Sound Devices recorders, maybe a two channel unit with time code.
Those recorders look great, but they're just too pricey for me. The 744t's specs are fantastic, as are the storage methods, which appear to be user selectable. At half, the price, I'd go for it, as I just ordered an Edirol R-4 pro.


Someday, a sweet 8+ channel portable mixer/recorder will arrive , antiquating the lot of portable mixers that can only output to two channels.

Last edited by Gints Klimanis; July 11th, 2007 at 08:15 PM. Reason: more info
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