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  1. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    Is not going to work. What you do is connecting the two input stages parallel, in practice this means that you get half the input resistance. It is very likely that you will loose signal from the mic because the mic sees a lower input resistance. With a Zoom F3 the input amplifiers are set to a...
  2. J

    Wildlife Acoustics experiences with their automated recorders

    The Tascam recorders are voice activated. I have the Tascam DR-60DmkII, you can set start and stop with four levels. The other models are DR-05X, DR-07X and DR-40X. You can go to the Tascam site and download the manuals in order to see if one of these recorders is what you want.
  3. J

    Need help to upgrade my recording game

    Sorry, my native is not English. With your setup you could have all static, with start/stop on level you will have sound or total no files at all. In my view small difference.
  4. J

    Need help to upgrade my recording game

    DR-05X DR-07X DR-40X Auto-level control Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter Peak Reduction, Auto Level, Limiter Auto recording by input level yes yes yes Pre-recording buffer 2 seconds 2 seconds 2 seconds Self-timer yes yes yes Mark...
  5. J

    Need help to upgrade my recording game

    No, that's not the same function if you target the automatic recording within the Tascam DR-60DmkII. I downloaded the manual from the Marantz PMD 661mkIII and all I can read is that it can do something with time. The on and off switching in the Tascam is done with record level, so not time driven.
  6. J

    Need help to upgrade my recording game

    Could do what? Your not clear in this. Make it more specific, the starting and stopping is with sound level, not in time or so. I didn't research on this because at the time I bought it I had specific my usage in the canoe in mind. Much later I found out that the feature with automatic starting...
  7. J

    Need help to upgrade my recording game

    Sorry for late reaction, did read it but couldn't find the topic, not even with search. The Tascam DR-60DmkII is still available. If you ask me darn cheap. I bought this recorder for a try out in my canoe. So it had to be laid down on the back and with controls and screen on top, with this...
  8. J

    Problem zoom F3, parabola and shotgun mic

    The Zoom F3 has two channels, if used for stereo, one channel is left and the other channel is right. So for stereo you have to plug in two connectors. If you think you get stereo with only one channel then your wrong, you get mono.
  9. J

    Problem zoom F3, parabola and shotgun mic

    Did you read page 31 of the manual?, may be one channel is set to off. Otherwise if it is still under warranty, send it back for a replacement.
  10. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    Jon.Bryant : "If anyone with better experience can correct the above info, or add their recommendations it would be good." I did visit the sites from Tentacle and Instamic. Both mono and both uses the mobile phone. Tentacle uses lavalier from any manufacturer, that's nice, but the mobile...
  11. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    Thanks for the link about power options and the link https://www.sounddevices.com/mixpre-3-mixpre-6-maxbatteryruntime for the Mixpre. The pdf with battery runtime is for the Mixpre mkI and the difference between mkI and mkII is huge, so not "presumably the Mix-Pre and later Mix-Pre II are no...
  12. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    This is the biggest mistake you can make, fill in the gaps of the manufacturer.
  13. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    I go by canoe for three to four weeks with all I need, so tent, food, clothing and so on. Having batteries, special those which can be recharged, are sensitive to temperature drop in the night. If I feel that it will be cold I take it with me into the sleeping bag, but I don't have that much...
  14. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    I don't know where you get that information, visit today the page about Mixpre 3-II and not a word about power consumption, only what you can use to power the recorder. The only wattage on this page is from the net adapter.
  15. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    You missed the point, you need a computer and a programme before you can do something with your sound. You can still overload your preamps, 32bit float does only say something about the AD converter.
  16. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    That they don't give the right specifications. You can't calculate how much batteries you need. Powerbank nice, but useless if you go into the bush, trees don't have power outlets, solar power, forget it, tried that, but takes too long before your recharables are full. So you need to take the...
  17. J

    Best bird recorders for field recording

    The trouble with 32bit float is that you need a computer with program to set things strait. And after that, what do you get? Sound Devices deleted the current drawn from the AA or the USB bus, but the latter does have limitations if it uses the standard for USB. Now why is that? Because its a...
  18. J

    Zoom M-series Sound Recorders

    I have made once a recording of a thunderstorm. The mic was on axis with the thunder. The recorded thunder clap was calculated at 128dB, only 2dB away of maximum spl microphone. I played back the recorded sound after recording, after the clap it was silence but the woofers came out of the box...
  19. J

    Zoom M-series Sound Recorders

    With thunderstorms you will have rain, so noise is masked. Recording level can be set at -20dB or even lower. After the "bang" you will have pressure from the air which can be even "louder" than your "bang". You don't hear anything, but your levelmeters go to the right corner. If you have a...
  20. J

    Warning on keeping Digital Sound Recordings and Backup

    Be sure you can use your disks also in an other system. Sometimes the disks can ONLY be used in THAT particular NAS. What's wrong setting a date in your agenda and do a backup on a external disk via USB. To be sure do it also with a second disk. Trouble with most backup software is that they...
  21. J

    Reasonably priced recording device.

    The dish doesn't work for frequencies below 1.720 Hz. Its a mechanical thing, so you can't alter it or take two or more dishes. The diameter of the dish determine the frequency. That's why real parabolic dishes are big.
  22. J

    Warning on keeping Digital Sound Recordings and Backup

    Never ever use HDD in a external portable medium like a recorder or camera. Always use (today SSD) cards, they can be copied easily with multiple systems. Your HDD in your computer can be backupped to an external device on the USB port. Always use different devices and be keen how things go, so...
  23. J

    Reasonably priced recording device.

    China product, no option for other mics and it does have also some kind of optical system. Diameter is 200mm and they claim a reach of 200 meters, I think its much shorter. Quality wise it looks like a toy. Forget it and get a real parabolic dish, but they are more expensive. This China product...
  24. J

    new tiny Zoom F3 recorder

    @S_Man It has nothing to do with the capacity of a battery. You have to go to 48Volt or if available 24Volt if your microphone can work on the lower voltage. If you have only 2AA then you have with batteries 3Volt or with rechargeables 2.4Volt. So you have to go from let's say 3Volt all the way...
  25. J

    new tiny Zoom F3 recorder

    Mind that AA batteries are 1.5Volt and rechargeables are 1.2Volt. No matter what they invented with chips, you have to go nominal from 3Volt (2 AA) to 48Volt for phantom. There will be some overvoltage, because the regulator eats few volts for regulating. So you need 17 times the 3Volt, you get...
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