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Re: hard disc recorder

Subject: Re: hard disc recorder
From: "richpeet" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2002 18:06:02 -0000
I find HD for recording very attractive.  And am looking hard for
what to upgrade my laptop to.  All recorders are a bunch of parts and
if I need to build my own case I will deal with that.  The parts are
small enough now that it is not a big pain.

I will keep my Sony MD's for when I want a shirt pocket recorder but
I really look forward to no compression and keeping me in the drivers
seat on the quality at all levels that I am recording at.  The specs
on this years outboard preamps with a/d converters are great and some
come in a small package.  The MS OS based machine is still winning
for me so that I can use all it has to offer including remote 10 key
pads for command control of any software recording package choosen.=20
Complete control on length of prerecord buffers is very nice. And
timed record at any intervals is also a field plus.

HD is finally coming to bloom.  I will watch it very close.
Back to the field. I have a date with a Warbler.

--- In  Walter Knapp <> wrote:
>  wrote:
> >
> > The Nomad recorder does have a 1394/firewire jack on it, but it
> > won't appear as a mountable volume for file transfer on Pc or Mac
> > You have to use their proprietary software (Pc only) for file
transfer.  It
> > does do 16 bit 48 k linear WAV recording, and can record up to
the 20 gB
> > capacity of the disc as a single sound file! At 16/48, that's
about a thirty
> > hour stereo file.  It claims 98 dB sNr.
> The S/N of most digital recorders is way up there. But it will all
> for nothing unless you get mics and preamp to match. You won't find
> mic to match. I doubt that the Nomad is quite that high, btw. Or
> are using some custom statistic, since S/N is usually worked
against 96
> dB signal. It sounds more like the dynamic range spec for 16bit,
and is
> even pushing that. It would not matter anyway if you were having the
> digitizing done outboard and shipped into it digital. And then
> transferring that to your computer digital. Your pre and mics and
> connections will determine your S/N.
> We have had a few discussions of the foibles of converting 48k
> rates back to CD. If it can be set the 44k that would be better.
> > Also a nice trend: it has dual battery bays!
> It needs them! HD's are not the most battery friendly things. Does
> buffer and cycle the HD or run it continuous when recording?
> Walt


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