Digital Recorder

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    • #41165
      AvatarDigitalVideo
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      I just used 2 Digital Recorders to capture my last wedding along with a wireless mic on the minister. The digital recorder was on the father of the bride and the groom. The only problem was the area for sound. The wireless mic had a 3 or 4 foot area around the lapel mic to pick up sound where the digital recorder picked up background noise (I’m guessing 15 ft away). This is the first wedding I did where the minister stayed 2 feet from the groom and I was able to use one audio track throughout the entire wedding except for the father of the brides 4 words. I really like the ease of use with the digital recorders (no drop outs) but not the excess background noise is a problem. I’ going to work on the background noise for my next wedding.
      My 2 cents

    • #175286
      AvatarAnonymous
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      I use digital Recorders as well. I have not had the problems occur that you have described.

      I connect a lapel mic to the Recorder just like with a wireless mic.

      Most Digital recorders have two settings. High gain and Low gain so that it can either record close-up or it can record everything.Make sure you have it set correctly.

      My advice is to test the mics before the big day and make sure you have the settings right.

      Good luck.

    • #175287
      AvatarAnonymous
      Inactive

      Just curious, what digital recorders and mics are you using? I have Sennheiser and Azden wireless systems but have been thinking of adding a recorder.

      Thanks.

      Cole

    • #175288
      AvatarEarlC
      Member

      I use 4 Zoom H2 digital recorders. They are a bit big for pockets, but I’ve used them that way and they do work, especially when you use wired mics, and like was mentioned above, get you settings right. I have often used the unit’s mics – the front records a 90 degree angle, the rear a 120 degree. I have used Velcro (hook & loop), gaffer’s tape, mic stands and the foot thingy that comes with the units, taped to podium, rail, upside-down from gazebo or archway, just about everywhere, and obtained excellent sound.

      I have recorded front/back to get primary audio from the source, as well as ambient audio from the audience. There are dozens of possibilities with using these units – with external, wireless or wired mic heads/receivers.

      I like also that, being a bit conservative in my settings I sometimes underestimate the levels and the audio is lower than I would prefer. The units allow me to break apart sections of the recorded file, and I can “normalize” them all or selectively, bringing the levels back up to zero without ill-effecting the quality. Not bad for under $200.

      You CAN spent more than $300 for the Zoom’s recently released and “improved” big brother, the Zoom 4 (there is an older model H4 also), and I suppose it is well worth the extra bucks, but I am so very pleased with the H2s I doubt I will be tempted.

    • #175289
      AvatarCraftersOfLight
      Participant

      Earl

      Are you talking about the H4n?

      http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1994

    • #175290
      AvatarEarlC
      Member

      http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1901 yeah, pretty much – didn’t know Samson was the sponsoring entity though, but hey…

      …also check out http://www.zoom.co.jp

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