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From: Mitch Hill <>
M-S but records discrete tracks

On 9/29/2011 12:06 AM, markrosoftlives wrote:
> Hey - I'm new to the forum and apologize if this has been asked before (i 
>searched for it, unsuccessfully)
> I do a lot of recording for film and radio and am looking to upgrade to a 
>Sennhieser M-S setup to record ambiences and FX. But I need a new recording 
>device too (I have a Sony D-50) and really want one that allows me to MONITOR 
>stereo (in other words, the M-S signals decoded) but RECORD the mid and side 
>discrete tracks (in other words, the M-S signals un-decoded). I know the Sound 
>Devices 702, 722, etc... all do that, but I'm hoping to find a cheaper 
>that still sounds good and is reliable.
> So far the only thing that seems reasonable is trying to find a Sound Devices 
>MP-2 (this came before the SD MixPre, which came before the SD Mix-Pre-D). The 
>MP-2 seems to be able to do this and then I could run that into my Sony D-50. 
>The problem is they're old and I can't find any used ones anywhere. Does 
>know where I can find one or have one they're looking to sell??? (or a 702 or 
>722 for that matter!?)
> If I can't find a MP-2 or a used 702, can anyone recommend a good recording 
>device that has this feature?
> Thank you so much for your help!
> Mark

Hi Mark,

I started out with a Sound Devices MixPre feeding a Marantz PMD661 
recorder.   Looking for more mic inputs,I have tried the Tascam DR-680 
which worked well as a 6 channel recorder however the operating system 
features of the DR-680 neither operated as described  and did not work 
for me in what I was recording as well as the Marantz PMD661.

The solution I found was to return the DR-680 and I purchased a Sound 
Devices "302" preamp/mixer to use with the MixPre and feed the Marantz 
PMD661 line inputrs which gave me 5 mic input channels. This worked so 
well in my application that within weeks of purchasing the "302", being 
very impressed and pleased with its operation and flexibility, I 
purchased a second "302"...

Part of the secret to the success of the SD "302" as well as the MixPre, 
is that the stereo buss in these units can be linked with a jumper cable 
made by SD specifically for the purpose.  This gives me a total of 8 low 
noise high gain microphone inputs, each with its own mixer control, 
feeding a common stereo bus fed into the line inputs of the PMD661 

What is an outstanding feature of using SD "302" Mix/pre units this way 
is the switch selectable headphone monitoring of these units. You can 
monitor each microphone individually or in several modes as well as the 
stereo output via a 11 position rotary switch in each unit controlling 
the input to the headphone monitor stage.

Mitch Hill

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