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Re: MP2 and alternatives

Subject: Re: MP2 and alternatives
From: "oryoki2000" oryoki2000
Date: Fri Nov 24, 2006 3:58 am ((PST))
The Sound Devices MP2 is a classic piece of kit and would work well
with the Telinga for field recording.

The MP2 has a mid/side matrix mixer and headphones decoder.  The Sound
Devices Mixpre does not.  Sound Devices recommends the 302 mixer as a
replacement for the MP2 for this reason.  If mid/side recording is not
an issue, then you can save quite a bit by purchasing the Mixpre
($660) instead of the 302 (about $1200)

If you're recording just one channel using the telinga dish, then you
might consider a single-channel preamp like the Sound Devices MP-1
($330).  The MP-1 has specs similar to the MP2 and Mixpre, including a
maximum of 66dB of gain.  

The MP-1 is a very simple device, just a box with input, output and
gain setting.  The MP-1 has no LEDs that indicate level, and the MP-1
has no headphone jack for monitoring.  Both features are found in the
MP-2 and the Mixpre, along with the ability to handle two channels.

If you're considering spending $660 for the Mixpre, you might also
consider the $750 Aerco preamp from Jerry Chamkis.  It's a custom-made
unit that has a small but devoted following.

Here's the Aerco web page

and here's a report by Stephen Feld about nature recording 
using the Aerco


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

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