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Re: OT: portable audio recorders
> Hey Andy,
> I'd be happy to send you a file if you'd like to look at the peaks and
> not. I doubt my recordings are pristine by any measure; I'm not doing any
> critical recording for sure, these are just rehearsal and jam recordings,
> and I'm using the 192k MP3 settings to keep file sizes portable, and
> the 90 deg angle front stereo pair.
ahh, I reckon that explains it.
I bet it's down to the fact that mp3 handles clipped signal quite badly
(the reconstituted signal very likely to be a digital "over" even tho'
the original before encoding was within limits)
and that the 75 volume setting helps with that.
( I've had slightly clipped recordings in .wav, and they don't
sound bad at all as long as it's only the drum transients,
but I never used mp3).
I'll add that to my list of useful stuff to know about the H2.
Usually I put the H2 over the drums, but pointing across them at the
amps...(the drummer I play with has a very light touch).
It gives quite a good balance...and makes the kit sound good.
> I am however really dissapointed with the line in level on the H2, it's
> complete rubbish. We wasted a whole day close miking everyone only to
> discover we couldnt pad the signal down enough to not clip the input...
Yep, the first desk recording I made was badly distorted, while the
H2 meters showed "all good", disappointing.
Anything over -10dB will be clipped, which is stupid, a -10dB input
is not only a standard that no-one uses any more, but should have
I made myself a special lead with a couple of resistors in each channel.
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If you or a band member is happy with a soldering iron
I'd recommend giving it a go.
It works fine, though I don't think the H2 line input is great