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Old Dec 9, 2008, 10:43 AM   #1
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Product site:

http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...duct=1277&fl=4

Review:

http://www.lasplash.com/publish/Hard...e_Recorder.php

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Old Dec 9, 2008, 10:45 AM   #2
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Only $91.99 on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-DS-40-...8841024&sr=8-1

Soft case also available:

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-Soft-d...8841024&sr=8-3

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Old Dec 9, 2008, 11:04 AM   #3
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The Olympus DS-40 only costs $91.99 on Amazon.

You can couple that with a very decent, but inexpensive shotgun microphone by Audio-Technica... the ATR55...

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wi...dd5/index.html

...which sells on Amazon for $43.99:

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica...8841944&sr=8-1



...and you have a high-quality field audio recording kit that will produce easy-to-use audio files that can be easily synchronized to your video during editing.
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The Olympus DS-40 only costs $91.99 on Amazon.

You can couple that with a very decent, but inexpensive shotgun microphone by Audio-Technica... the ATR55...

http://www.audio-technica.com/cms/wi...dd5/index.html

...which sells on Amazon for $43.99:

http://www.amazon.com/Audio-Technica...944&sr=8-1



...and you have a high-quality field audio recording kit that will produce easy-to-use audio files that can be easily synchronized to your video during editing.
I do love my ATR55, for now I'm just running it into another camera and using a slate board to synch up the audio between the Canon Optura and the DXG 595v

I whipped up a cheap wind blimp for it too, took it out in the open car and it sounded like a studio.

That recorder looks good it, I'm going to have to look at that as my next investment!
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 12:27 PM   #5
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Neil,

One criticism I've read about the ATR55 is hiss. Does it become something easily noticed when you switch the microphone to "tele" mode? If so, then I would probably be willing to pay for a better quality shotgun.

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Old Dec 9, 2008, 12:31 PM   #6
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P.S.

I'd love to be able to afford the $2,000 Schoeps CMIT 5 U:

http://www.schoeps.de/E-2004/cmit.html



But that's out of my budget.
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 3:08 PM   #7
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Nady offers the SGM-12 -- very low budget -- but there are no reviews to give one some idea of how much self-noise (hiss) would result from the use of this model.

http://www.nady.com/SGM12_mic_pg.html



Amazon is selling the Nady for $39.95:

http://www.amazon.com/Nady-SGM-12-Sh...8856900&sr=8-2
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Old Dec 9, 2008, 3:51 PM   #8
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This was my answer to boost the sound on my Digilife HD1080 ..





http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=W11KYDdpFs4&fmt=18
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Neil,

One criticism I've read about the ATR55 is hiss. Does it become something easily noticed when you switch the microphone to "tele" mode? If so, then I would probably be willing to pay for a better quality shotgun.

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To be fair, I have run into the hiss issue in the long range mode. But I just set up every shot planning on keeping the mic closer to the action and in the normalmode and the sound is very clear.

I got my ATR as a "refurb" on Ebay for about $35 so for the price I was happy. I've considered moving up the price scale as finances allowed, so far they haven't allowed much! :lol:
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Wowcow,

That's a ZOOM H2 by SAMSON:

http://www.samsontech.com/products/p...1916&brandID=4



I almost bought one of those until I read the following review:

http://transom.org/tools/recording_i...00711_zoom_h2/

"Sadly, external microphones do not sound especially good with the H2, even very high output condensers produce a soundfile with a lot of hiss. The internal mics do not suffer from this as much, but using even high-output professional external microphones generally gives a disappointing, noisy result."

So, it seems to be a device that gives you great sound with its own built-in mics, but kind-of-hissy sound if external microphones are utilized.
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