Cheap mic preamp?

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    • #40790
      Avatarmspencer
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      I just bought a Minidisc recorder which only has line input. I’m looking for a mic preamp.

      I was considering getting a preamp designed for another purpose: http://www.radioshack.com/product.asp?catalog_name=CTLG&category_name=CTLG_007_002_012_005&product_id=970-1018 Radio Shack catalog number 970-1018, which is a Magnetic Cartridge Stereo Preamp. It runs from a 9V battery.

      I think this might work, but I don’t know enough about audio to be able to deduce whether it will work without buying it and trying it.

      What do you think?

      (I’m planning on hooking this up to either a wired lav, also from Radio Shack, or to the cheapest possible shotgun microphone I can find, which I haven’t purchased yet. My camera, a Sony DCR-TRV260, has rather crappy built-in audio and no mic jack, so I was planning on doing external audio and putting sync markers at the beginning and end of each recording.)

      –Michael Spencer

    • #174292
      Avatarwildbill001
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      I am curious about the mini-disk recorder you purchased. I’m looking to do pretty much the same thing you are doing. But, I haven’t been able to locate a M.D. that will accept a mic. So, what make/model did you purchase?

      Bill

    • #174293
      Avatarmspencer
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      Believe it or not, I bought it used for $55 from an employee of a Japanese restaurant I eat at. http://www.sushiomaha.com I don’t have the recorder with me, so I’ll post the model when I get home.

      MD disks seem to be $10 for a pack of 5, and the manual says it can record stereo at some quality for 3 or 4 hours per disk. It takes a single AA alkaline battery, and says it can record for 10 or 12 hours from that single battery.

      Seems too good to be true, to me. I’ll have to test all these claims.

      –Michael Spencer

    • #174294
      Avatarmspencer
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      Well, I guess this became a moot point. I decided to go with a $267 shotgun mic and this preamp: http://www.rolls.com/new/mp13.html . (I’ll probably also be making a trip to Radio Shack, to hack together a 12V battery pack to replace its transformer.)

      –Michael Spencer

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