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Subject: Re: thanks
From: "Rob Danielson" danielson_rob
Date: Fri Jun 30, 2006 9:32 pm (PDT)
At 2:55 AM +0000 7/1/06, cfmspencer wrote:
>Thanks Rob, Oryoki, Walt and all the others,
>after advice from you, and perusals of the archives,
>I just picked up the new Sony MZ-RH1 HiMD (now in stock at B&H)
>and have a used MP-2 on the way as well.
>next up is a MKH-30 I think, as I can't seem to find a
>single stereo mic that has the low noise/high sensitivity
>I'm looking for.

Small diaphragm condensers mounted piggyback for M-S may be the most
compact way to achieve low-noise high sensitivity performance of all
the stereo options. Probably a key reason its one of the most popular
configurations on the list.

>any ideas?
>one question - how do the in-built mic preamps in PCM-M1
>(or TCD-D100) compare to those in recent HiMD recorders?

I've only done a few mic pre comparisons with recorders pre-dating
Hi-MD: Sharp MT-90; Sony DAT Walkman D7;  Sony TRV900  camcorder. The
PCM-M1 enjoyed a reputation for being an improvement over the Sony
D7, though I think most people are using external pres and line input
rather than the mic inputs with a Rolls.   Here's the one with the D7

You can also get an idea of the relative gain performance of the mp2
and the Hi-MD mic pre in that test by looking at the playback levels
used for the matches. I've never had the tools to test it, but it
seems like the line input settings on the Hi-MD recorder could just
enable attenuation with "30" being no attenuation. I've always set
the line input towards the higher end of the scale when using an
external pre. Perhaps some recordists who regularly use Hi-MD with an
MP-2 can suggest a sweetspot for the Hi-MD line input. Rob D.


Rob Danielson
Peck School of the Arts
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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