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  • #1053511
    AvatarTechno Viking
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    I’m thinking of doing some near field recording. Are decent results achievable without expensive gear or would I be wasting my time with just an iriver (mp3 @ 320kbs) and a basic stereo mic?

    #1256055
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    what are you planning to record? for content like human voice for news reports, even covert/investigative stuff this would still be very good quality, the normal broadcast level is still “telephone quality” though ISDN is preferable nowadays. for nature recordings or live/classical music it isn’t the best. More important is whether this device has manual recording level (I couldn’t find any info about it).

    #1256053
    AvatarTechno Viking
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    I’m thinking nature sounds or maybe human speech like my son burbling, that sort of thing. The iriver is an h120, not sure if I need it though. I’m wondering if there isn’t a suitable android app…

    #1256056
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    lol my dad used to do that, it was probably how I got my interest in audio 😉

    there are various android apps but they seem geared towards using only the devices internal mic, and/or dictation type recordings/covert type stuff, and its not clear if they have adjustable gain. even had a look at the SDK and what little I can understand of it hints that the audio will be highly compressed and have auto gain control to the point even the iriver might score higher..

    #1256057
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    I found the iriver manual, its actually amazingly powerful and well featured for that time and is still good today, you should be able to record WAV files with it in relatively high quality (at least CD quality 44.1K 16 bit).

    #1256054
    AvatarTechno Viking
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    @General Lighting 488409 wrote:

    I found the iriver manual, its actually amazingly powerful and well featured for that time and is still good today, you should be able to record WAV files with it in relatively high quality (at least CD quality 44.1K 16 bit).

    I thought as much, I’ll give it a go and see where it’s any good. There’s some custom firmware for it too which is still being maintained and might be handy…

    ReleaseNotes3112 < Main < Wiki

    #1256058
    AvatarGeneral Lighting
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    I’d make a good few tests before trying anything important, maybe give the AGC a try as well. although I don’t like AGCs a great deal (having endured way too many on cheap kit in the 80s) there isn’t a limiter on it and clipping will sound even more rough. that custom firmware does however have a much better AGC that I would tolerate for some recordings where convenience and a smaller device would be better.

    #1256059
    AvatarChemical needs
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    Any recording can be a great recording, just depends what you want in the end result 🙂 I say this because I used a shitty cheap mp3 player to record a few sounds for a choon I was making, and the grittiness on the recording adds a certain something that would probably not be found on a perfectly clean recording made using the best gear…. Though tbh the quality was surprisingly good in the first place!

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