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  1. Most of the DIY-ers and entry-level mics from Soundprofessionals, etc. use Panasonic WM-60 AT or WM-61A. You can check them out here: http://dkc3.digikey.com/pdf/T041/1053.pdf For bigger mics--pinky-joint size as opposed to pencil-eraser size--Soundprofessionals names which Audio-Technica capsules they use in their listings.
  2. The hack won't give you a mic input--there's no preamp in the MZ-N505 hardware. You'll simply have to test that mic to see if one battery provides enough power. If not, a battery box with 9V is the solution.
  3. FYI, when you put the disc in and go to Edit before you start to play the disc, it only gives you the AllErase option. If you push Play first, then you can start to edit track by track. Something many of us have learned through experiences exactly like yours.
  4. If you're looking for an iPod-style digital transfer, you would have to get a NetMD unit, newer than the Aiwa. But that Aiwa should be good for recording live gigs.
  5. As opposed to Duracell AAs at $1.00 each and available virtually everywhere if you need one...
  6. Get standard binaurals and the most basic battery box/module, and you'll be happy with the recording. The mic plugs into the battery box/module. The battery box plugs into Line-In. Push Record. The battery box (or battery module--one of those little gizmos with a 9V battery hanging out) provides enough power so that the signal is strong enough for Line-In. With a mic jack, you wouldn't need the battery box (although it still helps) because a Mic jack means it's providing power from the MD player.
  7. The MZ-R900 is a superb unit: top of the line in 2001. It includes a Mic Sensitivity switch (in the menu) that's very helpful for recording loud music (use Low Sensitivity). It's small and elegantly designed, too. It's very reliable, perfect for taping that wedding. The cheapo microphones on Ebay --Stereo Lapel Microphone for Minidisc, around $9.95--will be fine for your purposes. The only drawback, and it's minor, is the gumstick battery. I always like to carry a spare battery, and spare gumsticks are expensive and hard to find. So you have to attach the outboard AA battery pod, which detracts from the spiffy look. But definitely use the AA for backup at that wedding, unless they plan to get married again. Also, if you're trying to tuck the MZ-R900 in a pocket, the gumstick battery latch can come open and not only stop the recording but lose what you had (no TOC edit). Tape it closed if you're going to have it in a pocket.
  8. If you've got the battery module use it (through Line-in). It will give you a recording that's better balanced. Cardioids are directional, so don't turn around a lot. Using a headphone volume control as an attenuator cord into Mic-In is for folks who need to save money and/or don't want the bulk of the extra box. It works fine, but the battery box is better. The Apollo's security is pretty laissez-faire, so bring the battery box. (Conceal anyway.) Filter as little as possible--what you filter out of the original recording, like bass notes, can't be restored later.
  9. All I have information on is the USA, so let's not extrapolate. Kurisu, of course I understand your skepticism, but my information comes directly from a Sony executive in a position to know. I'll be as happy as anyone if I'm proved wrong in April. Does anyone on this forum have an official pipeline to Sony?
  10. I've got contacts at Sony, and they tell me that Hi-MD won't be out in the USA till late May. Guess we'll have to be patient another month.
  11. A440

    MZ-N707 and batteries

    The original MZ-N707 kit includes a rechargeable Ni-Cd battery NC-WMAA. So yes, you can, but it won't last as long as a good non-rechargeable alkaline.
  12. If you're a do-it-yourselfer, you can get the Panasonic mic capsules nearly everybody uses from Digikey, www. digikey.com. They do ship internationally. The Panasonic mic capsules used in most good starter mics are WM-60AT or WM-61 on this page. http://dkc3.digikey.com/pdf/T041/1053.pdf And they're less than $2 each, which makes you wonder how much the mic makers mark them up. There are lots of do-it-yourself mic plans around the Internet, and under Construction Projects on the minidisc.org homepage.
  13. Haven't tried one but looking at the specs it should be decent for interviews, though not for music--only goes down to 50hz, not the deepest bass. It might not be so good for ambient sounds because the S/N ratio is only 40db, while better microphone capsules go down to 58-62db. That suggests it might have some self-noise that you'd hear in recording quiet sounds. It doesn't say that it's a stereo mic, so it's probably mono--again, fine for interviews but a little two-dimensional if you're trying ambient sounds. Ebay's "Stereo Lapel Microphone for Minidisc" is cheaper, even shipped to England, and I've used it for interviews, though not ambient sound. Or try Sound Professionals for better-quality stereo mics. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...&category=15056
  14. I'm also a big fan of my N707, because all the buttons (except track mark) are in logical places. But if you're recording live amplified music with it you're going to find that anything with bass distorts like hell because Mic Sensitivity is always High. Don't panic. Get a Headphone Volume Control from Radio Shack ($5.99), plug it into Mic-In, plug your mic into it, turn it all the way UP and you can record Metallica at an arena (been there, done that). Soundprofessionals also sells an Attenuator cord for $7, probably the same thing as the headphone volume control. If the music is still too loud you can use the volume knob on the control to turn it down further as a real-time record-level control. Bring along a little pair of earbuds so you can hear what's going on the first few times you use it--the record-level meter's not too informative. You can also get a battery box and put it through line-in, which gives a slightly quieter but better balanced recording than Radio Shack/mic-in, though it's one more box to carry. The MZ-N707 goes to every concert with me. But the crucial component is the microphone. That Sony mic is pretty big, so you're not going to be able to clip it on and just forget about it. Little mics like Soundprofessionals binaurals do well, too. Here's some info on the Sony mic you were considering: http://infos.0db.net/micros/compare/microsonye.php3
  15. You can probably save $100 or more and get an older model if you don't want a lot of bells and whistles. I've used an MZ-N707 for a year for all sorts of recordings, and it's got as much fidelity as your microphone can provide. They're on Ebay all the time for $100-180. You want an outboard mike on a cord, not one that plugs directly into the MD, because it will pick up the hum of the machine. If she's recording quieter sounds, the N1 is not a good idea because it whirs every so often; I don't know about the N10. AGC is probably going to be useful in those situations.
  16. I tried the old reliable tiny one-point stereo mic that came with my AIWA HSJ cassette recorders, which has been surprisingly hi-fi in past circumstances. Directly into the mic input on the MZ707, the bass distorted unlistenably, of course, and Sony "customer service" was clueless. The recommended Sony mics, the ECM 907 and the ECM-717, both only go down to 100 hz according to their specs. But there's an octave of notes below that on a piano. My fix: Radio Shack makes a headphone volume control (#42-2559) and I thought I'd try it as an input instead of an output. Bingo: a small, simple realtime recording-level control, able to handle a funk bass section, and the mic (I think it's Aiwa CM-S20) sounds better than it does with a cassette. While it may not be audiophile quality, I suspect it would sound even better with a better mic. Cost: $5.99. Definitely worth a try with your own mic.
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