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Old March 17th, 2011, 02:53 PM   #16
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Turns out if I don't leave the battery in the H1, it last a good while.

On a side not, I just got two Giant Squid lavs today and they sound great with my H1. I'm just wondering if leaving the H1 on auto level is a good idea or not. It seems like the safe way to go since I would be screwed if I manually set the levels wrong!
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Old March 17th, 2011, 06:16 PM   #17
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The problem is, auto introduces hiss if there is not a lot of sound. Might be ok for the reception, but might not be for the ceremony. Get some headphones, throw on a jacket and do some test. Set the limiter and it will drop the sound -6 if you have it turned up too much. Just remember to lock the recorder and to plan for enough time for the groom to wear it and deliver the speech.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 07:03 PM   #18
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IMO running a $200 lav into a $100 H1 is really kind of a waste.
I really must disagree, yes the recorder is not something you would find at a recording studio, but my $200 Tram lav mic sounds WAY better than the other $50 mics I have when I record into my H1. Quality audio for wedding vows is essential, IMHO.
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Old March 17th, 2011, 11:24 PM   #19
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The problem is, auto introduces hiss if there is not a lot of sound. Might be ok for the reception, but might not be for the ceremony. Get some headphones, throw on a jacket and do some test. Set the limiter and it will drop the sound -6 if you have it turned up too much. Just remember to lock the recorder and to plan for enough time for the groom to wear it and deliver the speech.
Ah that's true. Which is unfortunate because auto gain control would pick up the brides voice quite nicely.
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Old March 18th, 2011, 10:30 AM   #20
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Jamie Pippin,
You are right, and I do find myself adjusting the brides levels in post to match the groom. But at least the quiet moments get recorded properly and you do the adjusting in post yourself.

Chip Thome,
From everything I've read, the preamps on all these recorders are about the same, its the mics that make the difference. But what I've read on this forum, a $20 gaint squid mic can hold up to the $200 mics. Way better becomes subjective?? Maybe the $200 mic is better suited for interviews? Maybe the gaint squid is quality enough for a wedding video? I mix ambient noise in my tracks and I don't know if the money is worth the difference for a pristine set of vows?
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