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Re: iRiver H120 microphone advice needed

Subject: Re: iRiver H120 microphone advice needed
From: "Alex Polite" oivvio
Date: Fri Dec 14, 2007 12:36 am ((PST))
I have a couple of H340s that I use for recording interviews but I'm moving
away from them. The problem is that the preamps in the things aren't that
good. I've been looking into using external preamps but decided to go for a
device that integrates good preamps instead. I'll probably get the Fostex
FR2-LE which seems to have a good price/performance ratio.


2007/12/13, Sean Offord <>:
>   Hello all - this is my first post and I am not a technically minded
> person so please bear
> with me! I recently purchased a used iRiver H120 - a hard-disc based mp3
> player/recorder.
> I want to use the H120 to record bird calls so was imagining that I could
> simply use my
> old camcorder directional rifle mic (a very cheap one) which I have used
> relatively
> successfully with a Sony MD recorder. However the mic does not do as well
> in the iRiver -
> I think I need something with a higher gain/more sensitivity to quieter
> sounds, as the
> results I got were very quiet. Pushing up the gain to max on Rockbox give=
> very hissy
> results.
> I am a total novice at microphones but through reading it seems I need
> either a better mic
> with higher gain or a pre-amp setup.
> The trouble with the pre-amp idea is that I cannot find a reasonably chea=
> one which runs
> off batteries, and also using one will start to make the setup a bit
> cumbersome for field
> recording.
> So can anyone recommend a decent mic (directional)?
> Or can anyone tell me the technical specs I need to be looking for when I
> am considering
> a mic?
> And finally a silly technical question: is the battery in a powered mic
> used for pre-amping
> the signal, or for something else?? (You can see I don't know much, can't
> you?). If so, do I
> just need to buy a mic which takes a lot of batteries???
> Thanks for your patience!
> Sean


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