I have the LS10, and it was Raimund who pointed out that you get a
better S/N ratio by setting the recorder on LOW sensitivity with
maximum volume (10) and if necessary increasing the volume up to say
7 dB in post production. I tested this out numerous times against
various HIGH sensitivity settings and yes, it certainly checks out.
For normal everyday birdsong recording it is hard to get the recorder
to clip on 'low 10' so it is quite a useful default setting. It may
not be sensitive enough for general recording with built in mics, but
works a treat when using add-on mics.
There may also be occasions where your subject matter has a soft
call, in which case you may be better to use HIGH sensitivity, up to
volume 5. Anything more than that and things are getting too hissy.
On 10/11/2012, at 9:12 AM, lamprophis1963 wrote:
>> The gain wheel on my LS-11 never leaves "10" for the reasons
>> frequently discussed on this list,
> Forgive what sounds like a oft repeated question, but I read this a
> few weeks ago and meant to ask then but didn't. I have since
> searched the archives for LS-10 gain, LS-10 gain setting etc, but
> haven't come up with any "hits" that explained it.
> Can someone explain the advantage of recording with an LS-10/11
> with the gain wheel turned up all the way to 10?
> Does it improve the S/N ratio?
> "While a picture is worth a thousand words, a
> sound is worth a thousand pictures." R. Murray Schafer via Bernie
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