Re: Fwd: Re: Portable Recorders (from SAN)


Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Portable Recorders (from SAN)
gogins@pipeline.com
Date: Thu Dec 02 2004 - 09:53:29 EST


I bought an iRiver H120 specifically for field recording. I have not
noticed a problem with dropped samples, though the lack of a mic preamp and
level meter is annoying. I mostly used a battery-powered stereo condenser
mic without a preamp in fairly loud environments. Even so the recordings I
made sounded quite good.

But I have not used the thing very extensively yet, so I may simply have
not noticed any dropouts. I plan to buy a portable mic preamp for quieter
environments.

It obviously would be quite simple for a manufacturer to make a gizmo like
an H120 with a mic preamp, phantom power, and a level meter for a hundred
dollars or so more than the H120's price. That would be a fantastic boon to
the world. There are professional devices made like this but they cost a
LOT more.

Original Message:
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From: David Mooney moko@city-net.com
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 07:35:26 -0500
To: cec-conference@concordia.ca
Subject: Re: Fwd: Re: Portable Recorders (from SAN)

But a review in Electronic Musician (Nov. 2004) found that
the iRiver tends to drop samples which can put an audible
click into the recorded sound: "While acknowledging the
problem, iRiver points out that the H120 isn't designed for
professional work." So...uh...it's OK for recordings to be
substandard for non-professionals??

This device has great possibilities, despite the glitch. I'd
love to hear from anyone who's used it, especially in
situations where the recorder is in motion (tilted, jostled,
etc.) while recording. This came up a few months ago, but
perhaps someone has used it since then. Have you noticed
problems with the sample dropout?

Kevin Austin wrote:
>
> >
> > For the Sonic Postcards education project we use hard
> > disk machines made by iRiver to collect our field
> > recordings. The iHP120 20 GB which records in non
> > compressed form. No moving parts. No tape to get
> > mangled. They are excellent. Here is a website with
> > more details about them:
> > http://www.advance
> > mp3players.co.uk/shop/product_info.php?products_id=69
> >

-- 
David Mooney
dmooney@city-net.com
http://www.city-net.com/~moko/

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