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  1. For any others who encounter the problem: The foam didn't work. It lessened but did not eliminate the mistracking due to vibrations. The Mz-r37 apparently is just too sensitive. The Mz-si Sport unit did the trick. I put it on a piece of cloth & it recorded great despite the amp vibrations.
  2. A follow-up question: Instead of going the foam wrap route, what if I bought a Mz-si "Sports Net MD"? They're described as "rugged": "You can run, jog, and shake or drop the case without interrupting the music." Not sure that applies to amp vibrations. Since I am running out of a mixer, I don't need a mic-in jack. These units are going cheap used. Most don't have ac adapter which I'd need. Any thoughts? Thanks
  3. Thanks for the suggestions. Encasing it foam may be the ticket. I'm getting another deck but I'm sure those units aren't built to withstand lugging around. I neglected to mention I was using manual recording (as your suggested) & had the levels on both the mixer and recorder down pretty low. I'll give the line-in another try. Despite being labeled "optical" I guess the recorder line-in will accept a normal stereo plug. Not sure why it didn't work last time. Hopefully, I'll get this recording thing down. Band-mates getting impatient.
  4. Sorry for posting dumb questions but, man I’m having a hell of a time recording rock band practices. Instead of using my broken deck with only one recording channel (see my previous post), I thought I’d try a portable recorder. Based on Amazon comments, I bought a used MZ-r37 for cheap. Others said they used it for rehearsal recordings. Didn’t work for me. The first try I had it sitting on a mixer cabinet. The recording had skips & drop-outs, I assumed caused by the vibrations from the loud amps. The next practice I moved it onto a canvas bag on the floor. The results were about the same. I'm attaching a clip with fairly typical skips/dropouts and another clip where the unit totally lost it (with multi-second dropouts) during the middle of song. Is this unit broken? The quieter parts of the recording have less skips but the loudest parts don’t necessarily invoke skipping. Any insights/suggestions would be apprieciated I should note that I use two mics into a mixer which goes tape out to mic-in on the recorder. I tried to use optical/line in but could not get loud enough recording volume. 90808Messin_bad.mp3 Sweet_Bad.mp3
  5. My JE520 deck seems to have a bad right channel that drops out some times and seems to introduce an intermittent hiss when working. I tried contact cleaner on the jack to no avail. I'm recording in mono with two mics into a mixer and then tape out to the line in on the deck. Can I just use the left channel? Will I be losing anything? I read somewhere that Sony uses some kind of algorithm to combine two inputs into mono.. This makes me wonder whether having no right channel input might mess with this somehow. If I can use just the left channel, should I use just the left tape out on the mixer or use "main out" from the mixer ? Not sure there would be any difference. I guess it's time to find a new deck but in the meantime I need a fix. Thanks
  6. It was a blown mic. Recording with another mic sounded great. Sartre was right: Hell is other people['s gear]
  7. I've used the mixer with my electronic drums but never for mic input. I think you're right about the connection issue. I'll give the mixer a good testing with another mic. The equipment in these practice studios often is beat up so I'll have to avoid using their mic/cord just to rule that out. I was thinking maybe of investing in a Sony ECM-MS907, a stereo condensor mic that that has a wide angle option and uses 1 AA battery. But I'm not sure how to use this with the mixer: Could I use an adapter to split the output and put it into two mixer mic channels?
  8. Tried unsuccessfully to do a live recording of my band's practice last nite with my Sony JE520 deck and a 4 channel Behringer UB802 mixer. It's the first time live recording for me. The practice studio had a vocal mic plugged into a cassette deck. I unplugged that and plugged it into the mixer and pointed it at the ceiling (assuming that's the best thing to do with a directional mic used to record an entire room). The mixer line out went to the deck line in. It turned out like garbage There was horrible distortion especially when the bass kicked in. I had tried the same recording set up with another (directional) mike a couple nites ago with just me playing drums. At that time I kept the meter around 12 or below & it seemed to work fine. Last nite I set the meter to stay below generally below 12 again (using the gain knob on the mixer), though I really didn't stop & try to play it back. I should have. When I got home & played it back the meter was reading way above 12 for significantly greater periods than it did when recording. I did notice that on the "input level" screen it had been dialed up to +9.4 db. I guess that should have been at 0. But still why did the meter read differently during record & playback. Also even during quiet songs there were loud pops and crackles. I attached an MP3 snippet of one songsnippetMP.mp3. At one point in a louder tune the left channel was dropping out as the sound distorted. Maybe the mic had something to do with it. I'll try to bring a another mic. Any suggestions on how to try it again for my next practice? Any and all help would be appreciated. I know this should work.
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