You might like to have a listen to Andrew Skeoch's comparison between the L=
S11 with internal mics and his usual Sound Devices SD722/Knapp SASS/MKH20 r=
Your original plan of the LS7 plus ME66/K6 plus a Rode windshield is probab=
ly the best way to start out. The high output level of the ME66/K6 means th=
at the mic preamps LS7 will not degrade the noise performance of the mic. Y=
ou will not gain any significant benefit from the quieter preamps of the LS=
11 when using a ME66/K6. The main reason to look at quieter preamps is if =
you are planning on doing soundscape recordings with low noise mics.
On 04/06/2011, at 4:09 AM, Peter Shute wrote:
> Thanks for that. I've spent the last few hours googling, and I was alread=
y starting to think I should risk it on the warranty. My usual approach to =
new hobbies is to buy the cheapest that will do the job, with the idea that=
it's not such a huge investment that I can't replace it with something bet=
ter when I know what I'm doing. I'm leaning back towards the LS-7. That wil=
l be over $100 saved that I can put towards a microphone.
> There aren't many people posting about using it for nature recording, but=
the specs seem similar enough to the LS-11 that I think it's worth risking=
it. I like the idea of the H4n, but the extra size is off putting. People =
with 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 no=
rmal ebay/Paypal protections there and all I lose is some postage.
> Looking forward to your DIY microphone ideas.
> Peter Shute
> From: =
On Behalf Of Avocet
> Sent: Saturday, 4 June 2011 1:57 AM
> Subject: Re: [Nature Recordists] Introduction and request for equipment a=
>> 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
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie Krause.
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