I posted my first mp3 sample file--it's called Cicada Sample.mp3 and
it's in "files".
I have had to use a LOT of graphic equalizer in my tests to cut down
on ambient noise (traffic etc) I'm not sure it's all that great. Files
come out sounding a bit unnatural. But, what are ya gonna do when
traffic is a constant background roar! (I know, I should record in a
remote location. But I LIKe the local sounds.)
>From Tue Mar 8 18:27:42 2005
Date: Tue, 24 Aug 2004 12:03:29 -0700
From: Dan Dugan <>
Subject: Re: First audio recordings (samples posted). Also, trials and trib=
ulations of a novice, getting to this point
John Peikos, you wrote,
>You stated that "There's bad noise on the right channel, like a
>motor running. Sounds like it might be a ground connection problem
>either in the recording or the transfer." Any suggestions on
>how I can diagnose this? I'm guessing I should record something
>in a very quiet room (my voice?) and transfer it? Though that might
>still yield the noise and would not help me figuring it out....
>> I hope what you got was a preamp, not just a power box. What model?
>Aside from the Sony MD Walkman, MZ-S1, heres the rest
>of my equipment. Note that the battery that I could not find at
>Radio Shack is a mini-9V, shorter than the standard mini-9V.
> AUDIO TECHNICA - MONO/STEREO SUBMINIATURE
> OMNIDIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE WITH 1/8" MINIPLUG OUTPUT
They sell this in mono and stereo versions, both wired to a stereo
plug. You have the stereo version with two mics? They don't
illustrate that. Are the mics separate on a Y-cable from the stereo
plug, or are they mounted together?
> Slimline Battery Module, with Level control option
This may be a mistake; you not only need mic power, you need a
preamp, because your MD recorder has only a line input. The Sound
Professionals web page is confusing about this model. The text says
there's a "preamp option," but the pull-down menus for option
selection don't include that.
> Mini- 9V battery
I wouldn't buy anything that didn't take standard batteries. Again,
the SP page confuses me because it says the SP-SPSB-1 takes a
standard 9-Volt. Maybe the preamp option takes up space and they used
the shorter battery because of that. I'd consider returning it.
Unfortunately, the one item SP lists in response to a search for
"preamp" uses coin cells, I wouldn't want that, either.
You could send the whole outfit to me and I can figure out what you
got and what is going on.