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Subject: Getting started
From: Graham Smith <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 13:51:49 +0100
Moving away from bats for a bit, I would appreciate some advice on
more general recording kit ( low cost - get me started).

I am interested in bird and mammal recording, partly for their own
interest and partly to analyse differences in sounds between different
environments and weather conditions.

I have a broken Marantz PMD-222 (record button jammed and won't work
from the batteries), and I have a borrowed Nomad 3.

Do I repair the Marantz, buy a HI-Md minidisc (if so which model),
carry on with the borrowed Nomad and buy my own off e-bay or carry on
with the Nomad and save up for a higher quality recorder.

Microphones, the Shure 183 and the Sennheiser ME66 both get mentioned
here as low cost mics,  Is there any point in buying one and recording
in mono or is stereo the only way to go. The sennheiser seems to be
modular, and I am not sure what bits I actually need to get started.

I would like a USB sound card, as I work in more than one office and
will want to work using my Thinkpad. The m-audio audiophile has been
mentioned here a few times, but is there a cheaper option.

Several opinions here about headphones, and I supect that a low cost
pair for starters and field work would be a good beginning  (but not
sure what to get) with a fairly quick replacement with a better pair
and their seems to be a reasonable choice here, for example the AKG
K-240 or the Sony MDR-7506.

Would anyone like to help me make up my mind about what is the best approac=

Many thanks,



"Microphones are not ears,
Loudspeakers are not birds,
A listening room is not nature."
Klas Strandberg
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