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Subject: Sonifex Courier Portable Hard Disk Recorder
From: Dave Mellinger <>
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 11:39:25 -0700
Please address replies to one of them, not to me.  -Dave Mellinger
Date: Mon, 23 Jun 2003 13:50:22 -0400
From: Jean Todd <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
 Subject: Sonifex Courier Portable Hard Disk Recorder
 As the exclusive North American distributor for the Sonifex Ltd. 
 product range, including the Sonifex Courier Hard Disk Recorder, I 
 felt it necessary to address Tom Thorley's email which was forwarded 
 to us by Joe Olson of Cetacean Research.
 My purpose in responding is to clarify some misconceptions about the 
 Courier for the record.  Most importantly, the Courier was, in fact, 
 specifically designed for the recording professional, and has very 
 quality microphone preamps.  The Courier should not be lumped into 
 product groups that include the Nomad Consumer Recording system 
 recording system. As proof of this fact, the BBC Radio System has 
 purchased several hundred Couriers which are used by their 
 radio journalists around the world. The Courier was selected after 
 BBC engineers tested several other hard disk recorders.
 Skywalker Sound utilizes a Courier recording sound effects for their 
 movies, a number of anthropologists are recording ancient unwritten 
 languages with a Courier, ornithologists are recording rare bird 
 sounds, research scientists are doing cetacean research, to name a 
 The Courier would be a fantastic replacement for DAT, and would 
 produce a superior sound recording. The ability to choose file 
 format, ease of material transfer, and the many other features the 
 Courier offers for the professional recordist at an extremely 
 affordable price cannot be ignored.  Admittedly, the other 
 professional recorders articulated do have higher bit rates and 
 sample rates, but cost significantly more than the Courier.
 For additional information on the Courier, we ask that you visit
 Kindest regards,
 Fraser Jones
 Jean K. Todd                     Tel:    207-773-2424
 Independent Audio, Inc.          Fax:    207-773-2422
 43 Deerfield Road                Email:  [EMAIL PROTECTED]
 Portland, ME  04101-1805         Web:
 -----Original Message-----
From: Tom Thorley
 Sent: Tuesday, 17 June, 2003 4:44 AM
 Subject: Replacement for DAT
 All the recorders discussed (nomad/sonifex) on the list are certainly
 from an audiophile point of view seriously compromised by bad quality
 mic preamps etc.  and would not be used by professional sound
 recordists, and although recordings may be of sufficient quality for
 analysis there are significantly better products being developed for
 the broadcast industry (significantly more expensive to!). Please
 check out HHB portadrive, Sound devices 744, Core audio PD system,
 Sony DMX P-01 (digital mixer), Fostex PD6, Nagra V, Deva and Aaton.
 This is a comprehensive list of all the high end audio acquisition
 devices/manufacturers on the market or coming to market at the moment
 all will operate at 24bit 96kHz some beyond and they hit various
 price points.

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