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Re: Introduction and request for equipment advice

Subject: Re: Introduction and request for equipment advice
From: "Sabyasachi Patra" indiawilds
Date: Fri Jun 3, 2011 11:49 pm ((PDT))
The Tascam DR 100 in the high gain setting gives lot of hiss. I used it with
a Sennheiser MKH 416. However, i don't agree with David that it is the fault
of the Sennheiser. The Sennheiser needs phantom power. I understand if you
switch on the phantom power option in the DR 100, you immediately get hiss.
When I plugged in a juicedLink DT454 mixer infront of the DR100 recorder and
attached the MKH 416 to the DT454, the hiss was controlled. One can use a
better mixer infront of the DR100 like the Sound Devices Mixpre or others
(if budget permits). Ocourse the Sound devices mixpre costs about 600 odd

I have heard that people get the DR 100 modified by Oade Brothers and it
becomes silent.

I used the Tascam DR100 for interviews with the mixer and MKH 416. For
nature sound recording without a mixer the DR 100 is not my preferable
option. And with a mixer attached carrying it becomes difficult unless you
are placing them in some sort of bag (porta brace or some such). It is not
easy spending a ton of money, but I don't want to mess up opportunities. So
I have just upgraded to the SD 702T


On Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 9:27 PM, Avocet <> wrote:

> > 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.
> Peter,
> 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
> David Brinicombe
> North Devon, UK
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