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Re: battery powered multitrack recording?

Subject: Re: battery powered multitrack recording?
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 13:06:05 -0400
Jim Morgan wrote:
> At 10:47 AM 4/23/02 -0400, you wrote:
> >Oops, try this link...
> >Wil
> Ah, much better. It does sound like it is portable. I hope they don't have
> all the hassles that they had with the portadisc.

And just what problems with the portadisc are you talking about? Oh yes,
records perfectly, never gives any problems, I forgot all about how mine
works. Yep, definitely need more problems in my life. And this new one
is almost certain to arrive with at least some bugs.

The new recorder looks to be quite heavy, I'd guess 2-3x the weight of
the portadisc. Too bad they did not extend to end moldings into grab
handles. I expect you would not want to be lugging this around on a
strap for very long. It also looks to be about standard rack width. The
battery pac looks like the one for my first beta portable video
recorder. Well, except it appears to be Lion. Extra batteries are going
to be expensive.

I hope those considering this have 8 sets of quality mics to go with it.
Using this to make the typical mono recordings would be overkill and a
half. If it's supplying phantom power to all 8 that's going to add up to
a significant drain on the battery. Lots of issues to portable recording
like this. I'm not so sure just how "portable" it will work out.

I don't see anything that looks like a firewire port. That would be the
most appropriate for this sort of thing. Reasonably fast and hot
connectable and automatically would appear as a drive on the desktop (on
a mac anyway, nearly as good in windows), allowing drag and drop
copying. Looks like it might have a ethernet port. Maybe it's intended
to sell you a separate drive cabinet for the removable HD. Even at 44k
sampling rate this would be putting out 80megs/minute, and the modern
trend is to go to higher rates. So transfer of the recordings is not trivial.

I just got done putting 3 73 gig ultra 160 HD's in my G4. And that's for
convenient 2 track work. I'd expect to have to put together a raid array
to handle 8 track in the same style.

Interesting anyway.



>From   Tue Mar  8 18:22:18 2005
Message: 15
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2002 10:56:20 -0400
From: Marty Michener <>
Subject: Re: battery powered multitrack recording?

At 08:47 AM 4/23/02 -0400, you wrote:
>This might be just what I've been waiting for.

This might be just what I've been waiting for.  Oh!  Yes, Lang, uh, me too.


> > At the NAB show, HHB showed a non-working prototype of a
> > battery-powered 8-track hard disk recorder.
> >
> >
> >
> > -Dan Dugan
> >


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