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Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please

Subject: Re: Marantz PMD661 opinion please
From: "Eric Fassbender" eric.fassbender
Date: Sun Jun 2, 2013 7:55 pm ((PDT))
Hi Scott,

I use a matched pair of Rode NT5's. They're great sounding microphones but =
VERY sensitive to wind. I use a Rycote baby ball gag and windjammer plus a =
shockmount to reduce wind and handling noise.

I do a lot of post-processing but mostly just cutting out unwanted noises l=
ike mozzies, cracking sticks, etc. the noise floor is pretty much what I ge=
t straight off this system.

Other than that, I find the PMD very rugged. Menus are logical and buttons =
great. In regards to gain, I usually have it set between 5 and 6 for quiet =
nature sound recordings but there is ample room upwards (10 is highest sett=

Hope this helps,


On 03/06/2013, at 9:59 AM, shooze53 <> wrote:

> Thanks for the help Eric, your recordings sure are clear and clean... Ear=
ly Morning Songbirds is amazing - what microphones do you use for these rec=
ordings? The onboard stereo pair, or? Also, do you find the unit has suffic=
ient gain? The Tascam DR100-MKII I had was not very sensitive, even at high=
 gain setting - it was great for recording a loud band in a live situation,=
 but not for the nature recordings I need to do.
> Also, is the build quality of the case fairly rugged, and are the buttons=
 and switches durable feeling? It seems like some of the lower priced filed=
 recorders tend to lack build quality.
> Thanks again,
> Scott
> p.s. do you do a lot of post-processing of your recordings, or are those =
pretty much straight out of the Marantz?
> --- In  Eric Fassbender <> wrote=
> >
> > Scott,
> >
> > The PMD661 is absolutely awesome. The lowest self noise I could find fo=
r recorders in this price category. Of course it is bigger than a H4 but bo=
y, is that worth it! As was said before, crystal clear recordings. I use it=
 all the time. Just have a listen to my sample tracks on Soundcloud:
/ANS-Soundcloud they are pretty much all recorded with the PMD661.
> >
> > If I would drop mine into a creek I would buy a new one without hesitat=
> >
> > Hope that helps,
> >
> > Eric
> >
> >
> > On 02/06/2013, at 2:47 PM, shooze53 <> wrote:
> >
> > > Hello folks,
> > > I have a question regarding the quality and durability of the Marantz=
 recorders. I have in the past owned the ZOOM H4n and Tascam DR100-mkII rec=
orders. Both have their strengths I suppose, but those strengths are not th=
e durability of the switches and controls. The Tascam I had for approx. 6 m=
onths, and it was suitable for some situations using onboard microphones, b=
ut the rotary wheel started to fail, and the power switch was always a litt=
le questionable from the very beginning. I returned it, unsatisfied.
> > >
> > > I am now considering purchase of the PMD661 Marantz recorder for fiel=
d recording, (as well as other uses, ie. interview and live music recording=
) Does anyone have experience using the Marantz product? If so, any comment=
s as to durability and ease of use, and sound quality would be very useful =
and helpful in my decision to purchase.
> > >
> > > i am on a limited budget, but am willing to spend what is needed to o=
btain both high grade audio, and durable hardware.
> > >
> > > Thanks in advance.
> > >
> > > Scott
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
> >
> >

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