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Discuss pocket/portable recorders: brands, usage, settings, etc. Share recorded samples, tips, tricks, advice.

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Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2014

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Zoom H6

Do I need another portable recorder? No, I don't.Did I order up the new Zoom H6 the first week it was available ... yes, I did (head hung in shame).I unpacked it very carefully so I could hopefully…Continue

Started by Fran Guidry Aug 18, 2013.

Zoom Q3HD for Acoustic Recording for YouTube 5 Replies

Anyone using the Q3HD for recording acoustic for YouTube? I found a few YouTube reviews of the product. just wondering what this group thinks about it.

Tags: video, acoustic, Recording

Started by Bill Sovitsky. Last reply by Fran Guidry Dec 23, 2012.

Anyone know GarageBand well? 7 Replies

I've been using GB for quite a while for simple tweaking of songs I record. Nothing heavy handed just a little reverb, etc.Yesterday I brought a song from my Zoom H2 into GB, started playing it back…Continue

Tags: GarageBand

Started by Terry Angelli. Last reply by Terry Angelli Dec 28, 2011.

Video recorder advice? 20 Replies

I'm interested in purchasing a portable video recorder that will do a respectable job of recording live performances. I've been advised that there are two leading units, each with their own…Continue

Tags: live, recorder, Video

Started by Matt Richards. Last reply by Fran Guidry Mar 5, 2011.

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Comment by Fran Guidry on December 24, 2012 at 2:16pm

Phil, I'm trying to get a sense of what you find unsatisfactory about the result. Noisy? Shrill? Dull?

What are the mics specifically?


Comment by Phil Manuel on December 24, 2012 at 2:14pm

Fran, no matter where I place this small condenser mic, it just doesn't give me a very good result.  It could be just the particular mic I have, or some other variable, but the large condenser mic works well for me.  As with all mics and guitars, I think experimentation and personal prefs rule the day.  So, I agree with all you say.

Comment by Fran Guidry on December 24, 2012 at 2:01pm

Phil, what is the issue with your small diaphragm condenser? What don't you like about it?

The common "wisdon" about the difference between large D and small D mics is mostly garbage. There are LD mics with flat response and SD mics that are hyped and shrill or dull and muddy. It's really all about the individual mic.

It's also the case that suggestions for mic placement are just suggestions, not rules, and a lot of the game is trying different mic placements to match the characteristics of the instrument, player, room, and mic.


Comment by Fran Guidry on December 24, 2012 at 1:56pm

Terry, the main thing to know about condenser mics vs dynamics is the greater sensitivity they exhibit. This means that at the same preamp gain setting the condenser will capture a much louder recording. Many folks complain that their condenser "hears everything" but it's worth understanding that the level on the recording is a function of total system sensitivity - that is, mic sensitivity plus preamp gain. So if the condenser hears too much turn down the preamp gain.

Condensers often also have an extended high frequency response, but this is less significant than most people think, because the extension is beyond 12 khz or so, where there is very very little acoustic energy (unless one is playing the triangle).


Comment by Phil Manuel on December 24, 2012 at 1:12pm

Hi, Terry!  Happy holidays!

I've got 2 condenser mics, a pencil type - small condenser, and a large condenser mic.  The pencil mics are supposed to have better freq range, than the large condenser, but for me I use the large condenser.  Which type do you have?

For my use, I've played around with mic placement on both, and use the large condneser placed about 6-8" out from my body and about 1-2" above my head.  I get pretty god tone from the guitar, and works for doing both vocal and guitar at the same time.  Other info I've read say to place the smaller mics close near the12th fret and with 2 of the same type (if balanced) in an X-Y kind of position will give good results. 

I don't have a balanced pair of the small condensers, and I'm not very happy with the one I've gotten, so as with most things - quality comes with more expense.  

Comment by Terry Angelli on December 23, 2012 at 4:34pm
So I got a nice condenser mic for my b'day and Santa is bringing some studio monitors (I hope!) and I'm looking forward to making better recordings than I have. Any one have any suggestions about using the condenser mic since I've always used standard vocal mic's?
Comment by Terry Angelli on December 23, 2012 at 4:29pm

I listened to your cover of "wish you were here" and left a post on the cloud page I think? Here's what I wrote in case it didn't post: Nice clean recording. Only thing I don't hear is passion in your voice! Gotta sing it with feeling similar to your playing.
Comment by Kevin "Fionn" Murphy on December 23, 2012 at 2:07pm

Hi, there! I've been using a Yamaha C24 to great effect for practice, band rehearsals, and composing. Now if I can only get it to interface correctly with the Cubase AI software that came with it I'll be happy lol

Comment by Pascal Proust on February 13, 2012 at 3:28pm

Hi all!

Here's my latest track, that I've recorded myself (forgive imperfections) using my Tascam DP-008 portable recorder. It's a personnal arrangement of Pink Floyd classic Wish You Were Here. Hope you like it. Enjoy!

Wish You Were Here by Pascal Proust

Comment by Rick Heenan on January 7, 2012 at 10:02am

I know what you are talking about Arlie.  What we do is: start recording; then verbally add a time and date; maybe mention who is playing on the track; pause; then count it off and go.  The few seconds it takes to say this stuff helps me get ready for the song.


I don't like that rushed feeling when Start is hit.  I like to be relaxed and flow with it.  Even when we make mistakes, we'll just stop playing, but leave the gizmo running, and count off and go again.  Having the ability to edit digitally is the best way to eliminate the unwanted stuff.


That couple of seconds pause at the beginning and end of the tune can be very useful and a good habit to aquire for recording.






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