Re: Equipment, Remote Recording tips and more ...

Subject: Re: Equipment, Remote Recording tips and more ...
From: Betsey Biggs (bb@Princeton.EDU)
Date: Sun Aug 14 2005 - 08:03:26 EDT

Hi Dennis,

I just recently bought the R1. It's not perfect, but I was worried
about the Marantz's noisy preamps and wanted to be able to use AA
batteries in the field so didn't hold out for the Microtrack.

It's too soon for a verdict, but I can tell you that the R1 does NOT
have a proprietary format - you can record in 16- or 24-bit WAV or
varying bitrates of mp3 from 320 to 64, and when you connect the R1 via
USB it shows up as a drive, like a flash card, and you just drag the
files over. Very convenient!

There are some issues I'm not thrilled with - the door to the CF card
is quite flimsy, there's no time/date stamping, and there's no way to
mark or edit audio from the recorder (though you can add effects -
don't think I'll ever use those) - but battery life seems decent (maybe
3-4 hrs from a pair of rechargeable batteries?) and the built-in mics
are actually better than I would have imagined though I've hardly used
them (I'm using a Rode NT-4).

I do wish it had some kind of strap, or even a place to put a strap,
like the Marantz.

- Betsey Biggs

On Aug 14, 2005, at 1:04 AM, Dennis Bathory-Kitsz wrote:

> At 12:43 AM 8/14/05 -0400, Kevin Austin wrote:
>> A wide-ranging listing of recording equipment.
> Speaking of which, were there any group conclusions on flash recorders
> in
> the independent-composer-budget range?
> Edirol R1
> Marantz 660
> MAudio MicroTrack
> These are in my budget. I was about to go with the Marantz because of
> its
> XLRs until folks said it had noisy preamps. The R1 has a proprietary
> format
> so I can't dump the cards directly to another drive, and that would be
> impossible on the road, but it supposedly has better preamps. The
> MAudio
> sounds good, but has non-removable battery and no XLRs.
> Anything else that's in that range that is reasonably good? My M1 DAT
> has
> to be retired to the 900 DATs that I have will have some way to be
> played
> back.
> And I need it by October 1. :)
> Dennis

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