Dig audio recorders

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    • #42993
      Avatarcybor462
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      Hi all. Just starting a business and wondered what all you guys use for on location audio recording. I am not very skilled and I am trying to learn.

      I know a recorder is needed and wondered what you would suggest. I am on a limited budget right now. I know I will need a wireless mic so the recorder would have to work with it.

      I saw some 8 track recorders on B+H photo but I am not sure if they are what I should use.

      Any help?

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/534310-REG/Tascam_DP_02CF_DP_02CF_Eight_Track_CompactFlash_Digital.html

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414599-REG/Fostex_MR8_HD_MR_8HD_8_Track_Desktop.html

      http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/414598-REG/Fostex_MR8_MKII_MR8_MKII_8_Track_Portable.html

      these are a few I can afford. Any suggestions

      also any wireless mic models I should use would be great.

      If this is in the wrong place let me know.

      Thanks

      Sorry I will post this in the right spot.

    • #180086
      AvatarNewBirthProductions
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      If you need 8 tracks and can afford it, go for it.

      Me, I just use a 2 track http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MicroTrack2/to back up my on camera audio.

      I’ll set the audio on the Micro track -10 less then the audio on cam just in case, I will also sync the 2.

      it’s sorta cheap and works well.

    • #180087
      AvatarEarlC
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      Your best bang for the buck would be the Zoom H2 standalone digital recorders using SD or SDHC cards. At anywhere from $160 to $200, they are the best compromise yet between high end and really, REALLY good general purpose audio backup recording.

      I have three now, and will be adding more. I place them on podiums, on mic stands or even taped (Velcroed) to the sides of archs, trellises or walls, depending on there I need them for getting speakers, readers, vows, roving ministers, multiple presenters, officiants…

      …I’ve even placed them, though they ARE a bit bulky for this, in the inside pockets of suits and tuxedos, with a wired mic running to the lapel.

      Audio is crisp and clear, clean and helps isolate the vocals I want from the general ambient and surrounding noise/sounds. I have had NO difficulty with sync, though there might be some drift if the recording and video is an hour or so long. I’ve recorded as much as an hour without experiencing sync issues with my MiniDV tape digital recordings.

      They are easy to steal or get jacked with so there is that issue, but generally speaking I’m delighted with the options, performance and so far have not given any of them away to unethical guests or participants of the gigs I shoot.

    • #180088
      Avatarcybor462
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      Thanks Earl I will look into them.

    • #180089
      Avatarcybor462
      Participant

      If you need 8 tracks and can afford it, go for it. Me, I just use a 2 track http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/MicroTrack2/to back up my on camera audio. I’ll set the audio on the Micro track -10 less then the audio on cam just in case, I will also sync the 2. it’s sorta cheap and works well.

      At the risk of showing my lack of experience with the new technology could you explain how I would sync this audio device to my AG-HVX200A

      Thanks

    • #180090
      AvatarNewBirthProductions
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      sure, you need a marker to sync them, it’s the same as if you syncing 2 cams, before you start you focus one your talent and have them clap their hands, after that do not stop recording till you are done or you will have to resync. then in post production you line up the 2 tracks to the clap

    • #180091
      Avatarcybor462
      Participant

      Cool thanks

      I just got several books on different types of shooting. I have been going nuts reading about the camera and have not touched the editor yet. I was using Pinnacle Studio Pro but that was a real joke. FCP is a real program which brings along with it the need to really work at learning it.

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