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Re: Introduction and request for equipment advice

Subject: Re: Introduction and request for equipment advice
From: "Peter Shute" pshute2
Date: Fri Jun 3, 2011 11:10 am ((PDT))
Thanks for that. I've spent the last few hours googling, and I was already =
starting to think I should risk it on the warranty. My usual approach to ne=
w hobbies is to buy the cheapest that will do the job, with the idea that i=
t's not such a huge investment that I can't replace it with something bette=
r when I know what I'm doing. I'm leaning back towards the LS-7. That will =
be over $100 saved that I can put towards a microphone.

There aren't many people posting about using it for nature recording, but t=
he specs seem similar enough to the LS-11 that I think it's worth risking i=
t. I like the idea of the H4n, but the extra size is off putting. People wi=
th H4n's seem happy with them, but LS-11 owners seem really happy.

So the main risk is if it's faulty when it arrives. I guess I have the norm=
al ebay/Paypal protections there and all I lose is some postage.

Looking forward to your DIY microphone ideas.

Peter Shute

From:   O=
n Behalf Of Avocet 
Sent: Saturday, 4 June 2011 1:57 AM
Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Introduction and request for equipment adv=

> I don't want to make a big initial investment, as I don't want $1000
> of gear lying around if it turns out I'm not that interested, or
> don't find it that useful.


Equally well if you get the bug you will soon want to expand your
horizons and the next step is stereo.

I would haunt eBay and take the chance on warranties. Chances are that
how you use them outside may well invalidate a warranty anyway. All
the suitable recorders will be stereo so it's the mic we are talking
about. Look at semi-pro stereo mics designed to clip on to video
cameras like the AT8022. Alternatively if you use an M-S type gunmic,
a mono mix will give you a more or less standard mono gunmic response

I don't worry too much about noise figures, as the great ourdoors can
be noisy anyway. If all else fails you can clean up reordings with
packages like Audacity (free).

My advice would be to go for the middle ground. If you don't carry on,
you should be able to find a buyer to cut you losses if you have a
half decent setup.

Have you looked at Tascam recorders? I don't know what is available in
Australia, but some have pre-record and auto pause without costing a
packet. The quality of the digital recording is going to be higher
than any entry level mic anyway. On my Tascam DR-100 I can hear
Sennheiser mic hiss with a very quiet background and that's on one of
their best mics.

If you are a DIY type I may have a surprise coming up on the mic
front. :-)


David Brinicombe
North Devon, UK
Cogito cogito ergo cogito sum - Ambrose Bierce

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