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Old April 1st, 2005, 06:07 AM   #1
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New mic built for the iRiver

Darren Nemeth of Giant Squid Audio Labs has a new lav mic built for the iRivers. Great price and built here in the USA (plus a fellow small businessman like us)

http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com/gs/gs-mono1.htm
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Old April 1st, 2005, 06:27 AM   #2
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Thanks for heads-up Mark. Too bad their order now link is broken....
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Old April 1st, 2005, 06:30 AM   #3
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I just e-mailed Darren to make him aware of the link...
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Old April 1st, 2005, 11:00 AM   #4
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Re: New mic built for the iRiver

<<<-- Originally posted by Mark A. Foley : Darren Nemeth of Giant Squid Audio Labs has a new lav mic built for the iRivers. Great price and built here in the USA (plus a fellow small businessman like us)

http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com/gs/gs-mono1.htm -->>>

Built FOR the iRivers? Could you elaborate. Thanks.
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Old April 1st, 2005, 11:28 AM   #5
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From Darren's site:

The Iriver recorder requires a mono microphone to use a mono plug in order to record in the mono mode. If the Iriver detects a stereo plug on a mono mic with a wiring configuration on tip and ring it will automatically switch to stereo mode.

To avoid this the "+" of the mic has to be connected only to the the tip of the plug. Ring is left open. The Iriver thus detects it as a mono mic with a mono jack.

Our Iriver Omni Mono Microphones are wired this way.

Another different feature of this mic is the use of a more sensitive microphone capsule. It is the same one used on the Mini Mono Gold and Stereo Oak mics.

They are -35 decibels +4 decibels sensitive and have a 20 to 20,000 hz frequency range. Sound to noise ratio is > 62 dB.

Ideal for recording speech.

Compare it with the -44 dB +3dbB of sensitivity and sound to noise ratio of > 58dB of the capsules used in our standard omni mono mics.

The right angled plugs are nickle plated, no frills design. They will work well with the Iriver and for recording speech.

Only two other manufactures that I know of make 1/8 inch right angled plugs in the whole world. One charges $15 each with no quantity price breaks and the other has me on their long, 4 month long waiting list for 200 peices. :-/

You will not be disappoined in the quality of these mics. They are perfectly suitable for the Iriver recorder, will allow recording in the mono mode and are being used by some customers for wedding videogaphy.
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Old April 1st, 2005, 01:08 PM   #6
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Do these mics run off of plug in power? Would they work with minidisc?
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Old April 1st, 2005, 01:56 PM   #7
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Old April 1st, 2005, 02:02 PM   #8
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Sorry, the site does clearly say they run off plug in power. Very intriguing. These look like an excellent deal.
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Old April 1st, 2005, 02:04 PM   #9
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Old April 1st, 2005, 08:17 PM   #10
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Darren is also an excellent guy to deal with. I ordered a couple of mono omni's the day before yesterday, and he sent me an email telling me how to mod them for the iRiver (since he did not discover the iRiver stereo/mono "issue" until yesterday) or an offer to send them back for modding.

He was also very helpful in selecting the right mic, as I was going to buy powered ones until he informed me that battery powered lav's (strangely) produce a signal 15db less than non-battery powered. Neat guy...a pleasure to support. And dang cheap too!
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Old April 2nd, 2005, 07:34 PM   #11
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Here is a test I did with the Giant Squid against an Audio Technica...check it out!

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/showthrea...threadid=42297
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Old April 5th, 2005, 11:16 PM   #12
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Does anyone know which Squid lav would work best with a Sony minidisc recorder? I don't know if it has the same requirement as the iRiver wrt a special mono plug.

Good luck.

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Old April 6th, 2005, 05:44 AM   #13
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Dennis,
You can use the standard omni mic listed at Darren's site.
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Old April 6th, 2005, 08:01 AM   #14
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Dennis, why not just ask Darren?
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Old May 19th, 2005, 12:44 PM   #15
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mark A. Foley
Darren Nemeth of Giant Squid Audio Labs has a new lav mic built for the iRivers. Great price and built here in the USA (plus a fellow small businessman like us)

http://www.giant-squid-audio-lab.com/gs/gs-mono1.htm
I've ordered one of these Microphones and would like to know does it need a power suppy?
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