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diapason8



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Location: West Somerset, UK

PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 4:56 pm    Post subject: Recording live music. Reply with quote

I'm currently using an very old ex-BBC Uher reel-to-reel tape recorder to record my practice, the choir etc. Have used some material for broadcast. I want to upgrade, but can't afford the new Marantz digital compact flash recorder. I' m considering a decent minidisc. Has anyone got any experience of these?

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Nigel
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jwatkins
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 9:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used a mini-disc recorder before with a choir. However, it had some interesting effects as the auto-level kicked in when the choir crescendoed. On a PC sound editor you could see the sound level being successively dampened!

A minidisc is OK so long as you can turn off the auto-leveling.

John.
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lancecornea



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day diapason8
I listened to a choral broadcast on the ABC (Melbourne) last Saturday where one of these auto-leveling devices was used in the recording and it was an excruciating experience. All the dynamics became virtually the same volume.
I'd avoid this form of recording completely!

Lance
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lancecornea



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 07, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

G'day diapason8
I listened to a choral broadcast on the ABC (Melbourne) last Saturday where one of these auto-leveling devices was used in the recording and it was an excruciating experience. All the dynamics became virtually the same volume.
I'd avoid this form of recording completely!

Lance
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lancecornea



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops! A double post. Now how did that happen?
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diapason8



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 09, 2006 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another problem with auto-levelling is that during quiet passages, the system boosts any ambient sound, giving hiss and hum.

I bought an older minidisc yesterday on Ebay. I think that this has a manual level option and monitoring. I'm also looking at (if it stays cheap) an older pro-cassette recorder.
Thanks for all your advice.

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Nigel
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