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Basic Bird Song/Call Recording Kit Recommendation

Subject: Basic Bird Song/Call Recording Kit Recommendation
From: dmosher38
Date: Tue Mar 29, 2016 11:48 am ((PDT))
Looks like I found the right group for this... ;-) I am a complete novice a=
t recording. I did do a search and found post 30490 - "An inexpensive sound=
 recorder for birders" - which is what I'm looking for. A basic recorder fo=
r singling out nearby bird songs/calls, mainly for identification and learn=
ing. =0D
I was thinking (hoping) that a shotgun-type microphone that plugs into my S=
amsung S5 could work? I wrote Sennheiser about using their MKE 400, and the=
y replied that it "...has a standard 3.5mm TRS plug and hence would connect=
 into Samsung smartphone without issue and without the need for any additio=
nal adapters." This mic would have the added bonus that I could use it on m=
y DSLR.=0D
Has anyone used this with a Samsung smartphone? Is it effective? Or should =
I look into a dedicated recorder such as a Zoom H2N or TASCAM DR-40 or Sony=
 PCM-M10 or something else? Not really wanting to spend over ~$250 and not =
intending to become even close to a pro bird recorder. The smartphone itsel=
f works just ok for recording, but difficult to focus on a specific bird so=
ng or call when there are many going on around you. Thanks!=0D

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