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Re: portable audio recorders

I record my progressive/post-rock/post-metal band with and H2 and we are
anything but quiet... Ampeg SVT with 1x15 and 2x10 cabs, Marshall 100 watt
head and two 4x10 cabs and a ham fisted animal drummer that worships John
Bonham. It works just fine. I keep it on the Low sensitivity setting and
drop the input volume to 75 from the default of 100. I use none of the
internal compression schemes... Occasionally a drum or cymbal spike will
cause it to clip, but that is very rare.

Once I got these settings figured out it's been 'set it and forget it' - I
have a permanent mount in our rehersal room and I use the ac power adapter
all the time. For documenting rehersals it's a godsend, and for working out
song parts, riffs, etc at home to send to others, it's fidelity is awesome
when you can devote a little set up time for good placement and what not.

The internal mikes are really good, the results were better with them live
in the room than when we tried close miking and mixing and then feeding the
line in... I could not pad the signal down enough to not clip, and decided
the live in the room wide-field (front and back) stereo pairs were more
realistic for judging how we really sound.

I love my H2.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "david kirkdorffer" <unstrungone@yahoo.com>
To: <Loopers-Delight@loopers-delight.com>
Sent: Friday, September 03, 2010 2:44 PM
Subject: OT: portable audio recorders

I too have the H2. Rainer is spot on with this observations. In my 
application, this is a problem:

2) the mic sensitivity switch has three positions. The lowest sensitivity 
already too sensitive when trying to record an acoustic jazz trio.

NOTE: with there "seems" to be an ability to attenuate the signal that you
access, it is operating on the converted digital signal AFTER the
where the clipping has already happened. Drum impacts are often the culprit
me. And the built-in compression systems are no help either. Great for
word and lectures however! :-)

So, if your sound pressure levels are less rigorous, the sound quality of
recordings is really o u t s t a n d i n g .

So, if you work with high sound pressure levels, investigate how any signal
attenuation is accomplished.

I hope that helps.