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Re: Recording to an iPod - recommended or not ?

Subject: Re: Recording to an iPod - recommended or not ?
From: Walter Knapp <>
Date: Sun, 08 Aug 2004 12:21:51 -0400
From: "Mike" <>


> 1) Is this a waste of time ?

Yes, probably. With a 8kHz sampling rate you are only going to get 
frequencies below 4 kHz, which leaves out a whole lot of birds. The 
system is definitely limited to voice/dictation use. I'd not recommend it.

> 2) What microphone would you suggest for this trip keeping in 
> mind that I am already somewhat loaded down and the wind 
> blows at about a constant 10-20mph.
> 3) and if answer to question number 1 is a resounding yes what 
> setup would you suggest ?

A walkman minidisc recorder is your best lower price choice. Ebay is a 
good source. I'm not familiar with current models, as I use a pro level 
minidisc. I do like the Sonys better than the Sharps.

If you can get close enough, a Sony ECM-MS957 is well matched to the 
minidiscs. Records in stereo. Not the quietest mic or most sensitive, 
but has worked well for me in the past. You would need more than it's 
foam wind cover for that high a wind. Wind protection at that level 
could cost well more than the mic. You can, of course try and find 
sheltered spots. Rycote's larger size mini windjammer will work fairly 
well with the mic and provide some protection.

Going to be tough to get the equipment together and get familiar with it 
in such a short time.



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