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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:37 PM   #16
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Buy an iRiver on eBay.
I have two already. My point is, with the price they are going for on Ebay at the moment, I was hoping to be able to find something more professional, small, easy to use, reliable, etc, etc. The Olypus units look interesting, but I don't like the limited ability to set levels...
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Old May 27th, 2008, 12:44 PM   #17
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We use Edirol R9 and love it. No problems at all. We are purchasing another. I think the price is about $370.00 to $400.00.
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I have two already. My point is, with the price they are going for on Ebay at the moment, I was hoping to be able to find something more professional, small, easy to use, reliable, etc, etc. The Olypus units look interesting, but I don't like the limited ability to set levels...
I've used 2 Olympus DS-30's for over a year now and I haven't experienced any clipping in the audio. I love them. I also have NEVER had a dropout or any kind of interference. The audio quality is awesome.
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Old May 27th, 2008, 05:20 PM   #19
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I've used 2 Olympus DS-30's for over a year now and I haven't experienced any clipping in the audio. I love them. I also have NEVER had a dropout or any kind of interference. The audio quality is awesome.
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What lavs do you use with DS-30? I am planninng to get a Giant Squid mono lav for my WS-310M, but did you (or anyone else) have a chance to compare recommended by Olympus their ME-15 with Giant Squid or any other lav, e.g. Sennheiser ME-2?..
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Old May 27th, 2008, 06:20 PM   #20
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I'm just using the mics that came with my Azden VHF wireless system. I got all sorts of interference with that system, and wasn't sure if it was the system or the mics. After using the mics extensively with the DS-30's (and before that with an earlier version of Olympus DVR's) I now know it's not the mics.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 07:57 AM   #21
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Hi Vito, depending on the cut of the jacket you can either pop it in a pocket or use the pouch on his pants or belt, much like using a wireless bodypack.

I really like the H2. The backlit menu system is very easy to use. With the on-board mics you can record in 4 channel 5.1 Surround Sound. I use it this way to record extra sound clips to use in the edit. It uses the same SD cards as my Nikon.

I saw Andy and Jim at the Old Port.Finally wrapped things up after 17 hrs and 100Km. You gotta love those Montreal weddings!

Travis, I too had the problem with my Azden VHF wireless system and now only use the hand-held for close-up work.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 09:56 AM   #22
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That's great info you guys. Thanks a lot.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 01:44 PM   #23
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The DS40 looks interesting, and a reasonable price...

I currently have 4 iRiver 8XXs that have done me proud (even though one of the screens is on its way out but I never change the settings so as a back up it is still fine.)

A question, I also have 4 Giant Squid mics that require a powered line in (god bless the iRiver!). Will they work with the DS40?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 02:38 PM   #24
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A question, I also have 4 Giant Squid mics that require a powered line in (god bless the iRiver!). Will they work with the DS40?
Vince, did you buy the special rewired GS mics for your iRivers? I have two like that, and they do not seem to work on a consumer camcorder. My old sony has a mic input with 'plug-in-power' and I get nothing with the mono Giant Squid. I don't know if its the rewiring, or the fact that it's mono...
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Old May 28th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #25
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Hi Vito,

I use the Olympus along with a lav mic and it works great. You remove the microphone that comes with it and you have access to the 1/8" connection for your mic. The three levels of recording is quite useful, i use the DICT setting when its on a person, the CONF when its on the podium so it picks up a lot more of the vocals.

I had it for a month now, done a few gigs with it and no issues thus far.

We should definitely meet up some time... after paying a little bit more attention to your website, i think i recognize you from a Canon event i was at last fall. CPSExpo, did you attend a such event?
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Old May 28th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #26
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after paying a little bit more attention to your website, i think i recognize you from a Canon event i was at last fall. CPSExpo, did you attend a such event?
Yep. I was there all right. Took the chance to see a couple of seminars and meet Patrick Moreau from Niagra Falls. Very nice guy. I enjoyed chatting with him and picking his brain a bit.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #27
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Vince, did you buy the special rewired GS mics for your iRivers? I have two like that, and they do not seem to work on a consumer camcorder. My old sony has a mic input with 'plug-in-power' and I get nothing with the mono Giant Squid. I don't know if its the rewiring, or the fact that it's mono...
Vito, its the wiring. I've just had all sorts of hassles getting recording on an iRiver to work from a Rode NTG2. I don't understand it all but the wiring for the iRivers is apparently the reverse of the standard. With the help of sound guy I finally got it to work.
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Old May 28th, 2008, 04:25 PM   #28
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I don't understand it all but the wiring for the iRivers is apparently the reverse of the standard.
Yeah, Darren explains it on the Giant Squid website. That's why he offers a special mic for the iRivers.
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Old May 29th, 2008, 01:24 AM   #29
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I use the Olympus along with a lav mic and it works great.
Carl,

What lav do you use? Is it Olympus ME-15 or any other?..
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Old May 29th, 2008, 08:12 AM   #30
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yes my mics are specific for the iRiver, so guess after the previous few postings that means they will not work with the Olympus...

Still a viable option once my iRivers start to die....
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