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Support and General Use => Recording => Topic started by: marienbad on June 25, 2011, 02:35:25 PM

Title: Best Device for Recording Quality
Post by: marienbad on June 25, 2011, 02:35:25 PM
How are iPods or other devices for recording music, or for me in particular, singing from a lavalier mic?

I certainly get my best musical inspiration while I’m on the move, and since I’m backpacking across the country this summer, I thought I would wear a lavalier connected to a recorder for fast capture.

Many devices offer WAV recording in 16-bit at 44kHz with Rockbox, and some natively (like iPod Nano 4th gen).

>>>>> My question is about other aspects of quality: Does anybody out there have either anecdotal evidence or reference to scientific measurement of various devices' recording properties like dynamic range, SNR, etc?
Title: Re: Best Device for Recording Quality
Post by: saratoga on June 25, 2011, 11:38:50 PM
>>>>> My question is about other aspects of quality: Does anybody out there have either anecdotal evidence or reference to scientific measurement of various devices' recording properties like dynamic range, SNR, etc?

I doubt the differences between individual units are relevant if you're recording on a wearable microphone. 
Title: Re: Best Device for Recording Quality
Post by: marienbad on June 26, 2011, 01:26:42 PM
I'm talking about a $300-$500 wearable microphone like the Sanken COS-11.
Title: Re: Best Device for Recording Quality
Post by: gem on June 26, 2011, 11:11:35 PM
If you're looking at that level mic, you probably want to get into some of the "semi-pro" level recorders. 

In particular, the Tascam DR-07 has gotten very good feedback from users within the digital video community.  It runs on 2xAA cells, and records on SD/SDHC cards.  I've been quite happy with mine.  The original DR-07 had separate mic and line inputs, but I believe it's been discontinued.  I have heard that the new version (DR-07 mkII?) has only one combined input (which of course is a ridiculous concept).

The Tascam DR-03 is considerably smaller and more convenient.  I've been very little feedback, but it has been fairly good.  It runs on 2xAAA cells, and records on micro SD/SDHC cards.  I haven't used mine very much, but it seems to be decent.

Tascam also makes a DR-05, which I haven't seen, but which appears to be somewhat similar to the DR-07.

All of the above have reasonably useable integral electret mics. and also unbalanced mic inputs on a stereo 3.5mm jack, with "plug in power" supplied to run consumer electret mics.

Where did you find a list of recorders that record 44.1 PCM/WAV with Rockbox?  If any of those are smallish flash memory machines (as opposed to HD storage) I would like to check them out.

Thanks!