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  1. There was nothing "exaggerated" in my post. I happen to be a bona fide expert on WWII and the Japanese culture that led up to that war. Japan is a nation still stuck in the past in some certain circles. And when I see them even remotely assume the role that propelled them to their heinous actions I feel obligated to point it out. They certainly do so in regards to everything about our western culture. You can say it was just a publicity stunt if you like but the whole idea of anyone's culture sinking to that level scares me. We aren't that far removed from a time when barbaric excess was the norm. Of course your own country was ground zero for a part of that excess but apparently you think that's a distant memory. The new totalatarian movement of Europe scares me worse than Hitler did. But fortunately much of Europe has awoken from their insane slumber. France and Germany both have elected people who oppose PC thinking. Much of your own culture has moved to the island possessions because you can't live with the Muslims you embraced with open arms. Sounds like a great place to live. If you don't want such things discussed on this board that's fine. I'll go find a board that isn't afraid of the truth. But I'll put my knowledge of historical Japanese culture up against anyone you can find. My comments were NOT exaggerated. If anything I left out the gory details If you insist on defining how every subject should be discussed I think I'll just move on to where political correctness doesn't resemble censorship so much. I've been helped a great deal on this board and I've spent a lot of time helping others but I'll not have some blowhard moderator tell me what's exaggerated when that moderator is completely out of his league concerning this issue. I was a history major in college sir and I spent a great deal of time studying WWII. It would be almost impossible to exaggerate what happened at Nanking and Bataan. And who are you to decide what's relevant discussion matter anyway? Just another moderator masquerading as the PC Napoleon is my guess. How dare you assume you can reject anyone's thinking when you yourself are so obviously dreadfully uninformed. Since you think you can off hand declare my post irrelevant to the conversation how about you describe what happened at Nanking so we all know you have the foundation to make such a declartion. I'd die of shock if you could even give a basic description of what happened there without looking it up first. Censorship and insults from the moderators is positive proof that it's time to abandone this little cracker box of a web site. You could have asked politely but instead you attempted to glorify your own opinion as far more important that that of anyone else. Political correctness ruined your country. Now you want to export it? How do you like living in a country where the crime rate is probably the highest in Europe because of your heroin addict problems and the Islamic contingent murders anyone who disagrees with them? Yeah that political correctness stuff really worked out well for you. Ha. Your country will be under Sharia law within a decade and your people don't have the gumption to stop it. Makes me want to move to the Netherlands and laugh at you for a pastime. You insulted the wrong person sir. I can embarass you from dawn to dusk on an issue like this. You feel free to support that "anything goes" mentality your country has embraced for so long and the rest of the world will watch the native culture of the lowlands get swept away like a hurricane over a dike. If you don't think bloodlust is relevant to this conversation then you must be really spending too much time in those Amsterdan coffee shops. It isn't just Japan that is at fault. The west has embraced the games they produce in Japan. At some point enough becomes enough and when they start promoting what was a fantasy game with real dead creatures then something is badly wrong. I pointed out that Japan has a history of not respecting life in the not so distant past. Ooohh that was so out of touch with the issue. It's exactly the issue IMO. Just like it's exactly the issue that people in the west and in the USA in particular have glorified violence for too long. Starting with Jesse James and Billy the Kid the US has looked at violence as a good thing even when it's done by completely evil people. I see Hollywood types almost worshipping mafia figures. Sooner or later this will all come around to bite us on the ass and those who stick their heads in the sand and ignore the problem (and even go as far as demand that others do the same and censor them if they don't) will have blood on their hands too IMO. How much did western bloodlust affect Tim McVey? We know that video games inspired the Columbine killers. We know those video games almost exclusively come from Japan. It's time we recognized the problems but you belittle those who think it's important. Smooth move there Dutch Boy.
  2. I have completely lost all respect for Sony after this. I won't be buying any more of their products which is a big change for me. I don't care if their products are better or not. This isn't the first company I have boycotted and it probably won't be the last. Once I decide to abandon doing business with a company it's over. I have to bring up the history of the Japanese people on this one. Their culture has remained brutal in many ways after the end of WWII. During that war their people did some monstorous things not just to goats but to people. I see this as a throwback to that mentality. Check out the history of the Bataan Death March. The Japanese have been some of the most brutal people on earth at times. It's become common to completely ignore Japan's role in starting WWII in their culture today. They blame everything on the USA which is pure BS. They cry about the nuclear attacks but forget Pearl Harbor. They blame Pearl Harbor on the US putting trade sanctions on Japan but forget to mention that was done because of the Rape Of Nanking which was another horrific example of Japanese cruelty and total disrespect for life. There has remained a culture among certain Japanese people that admires the old ways and continues to preach Japanese superiority and glorifies their bloody military history. Even in this country we have glorified the Samurai which was the inspiration for all of the Japanese attrocities in WWII. I don't understand how our culture can make heroes of such a brutal icon. We might as well be making heroes of mass murderers. But then I guess we do that too. Japan itself has taken a HUGE step backward with this IMO. It's their culture that makes such things ok IMO. They have shown that they are just as bloodthirsty as they were in the past and that is a horrible past to say the least. I am not a racist or a Xenophobe but I recognize evil when I see it. And this is nothing but old fashioned evil. Western culture has embraced the bloodlust too especially in the form of some video games. I am not one to harp on cleaning up video games but there must be a point where enough is too much. I think we have passed that point and the Japanese have been feeding it to us all along. Shame on both our cultures.
  3. Yeah I figured that trying to hold a tripod like a boom pole would be pretty tough. I was just joking about having the painter's pole for other purposes of course. I built a mic boom using a tripod and some PVC pipe though. It worked pretty well but the mount broke eventually because it was trying to support too much weight on a cheap tripod. I think I could make a good one with a good tripod but since good tripods cost as much as a good mic boom there isn't much reason to do it. Actually I can convert a painter's pole to a mic boom pretty easily using this clip on mic mount. It's actually designed to hold a mic with the clamp but I just reversed the whole idea and put the clamp on the pole and attached a standard mic clip to the threads. It works pretty well and it can be done in just a few seconds. My painter's pole is 12 feet long I think which makes for a decent mic boom when I have someone to operate it for me. I can post a photo of how this works if anyone is interested.
  4. You shouldn't need both unless you want to use 2 mics at once for some reason. Well that works of course but don't blame me if you need to paint your great room ceiling and you don't have a painter's pole. You could get one now and be set in case you decide to do some painting or recording. Painter's poles are pretty light and strong but there are other benefits to booms because they are designed to do recording. And yes it's a straight mount with the Rode boom. No need for an adapter of any kind there.
  5. It just hit me that we don't know what type of mics you will be wanting to use Nolonemo. The MX-34 only accepts XLR inputs or a line level minijack. It would be great if you want to use XLR mics but not if you want to use a plug in power type mic. Some of the stuff I mentioned before is also XLR only stuff. I'm sure the MX-34 will be great with XLR mics but if you want to use the kind of mics most of use with MD then I don't think it would be such a good choice for you. No doubt Rolls makes quality equipment and it does fall into your price range. But if you already have a mic and it's a minijack mic you might not get much benefit from it. As I said earlier you would do well to get XLR mics. They are generally better quality mics than miniplug mics. But they also cost more. I don't know what made me think you wanted a miniplug type mixer before. I mentioned that some stuff was XLR and assumed that wasn't what you wanted. I should know better than to assume stuff. So maybe it will help to let us know what types of mics you have or intend to get.
  6. I actually put something in about the way you set up the mics in my post at first but when I tried to post it my internet connection hiccuped and it didn't get posted. You're right. If you set these mics up in a traditional stereo type array (like an XY setup) then they should sound ok on loudspeakers. I intended to say that in my second post (the one that actually got posted) but I forgot to mention it. I also talked about how companies mis-use the term "binaural" in my first post. This mic could be setup either as a binaural or a XY and get entirely different results. In fact unless a person knew how to set up a binaural they wouldn't get a binaural recording at all. Mic placement always means a lot and this is a perfect example. I'm not sure why the people at Sound Pro's label these mics as binaural. I don't know if they include instructions on how to set them up as binaurals but the alligator lapel clips they include would not give a person a binaural setup at all if you actually attached them to your lapel. It would be more of an AB mic setup.
  7. I suggest you read the Wikipedia article on binaural mics on this web page. A binaural mic recording sounds quite bad when played back through loudspeakers. They sound great when played through headphones though but they are not designed to be played through speakers. Download the audio file and compare it on speakers and through headphones. You'll hear the cross talk and distortion on the speakers and you'll probably hear the fabulous 3D sound when played through headphones. It all depends on how you will be playing the recording back whether you want this SP mic or not. I prefer true stereo mics myself because you can play them through speakers or headphones and do well through both. They aren't as good as a binaural through phones but they are MUCH better through speakers. The cheapest MD recorders are the original MD recorders. They sound very good but they are hard to come by these days. They have been out of production for several years now. I would suggest that you get an iriver IFP-890 mp3 ecorder if you want to go the cheapest route to a decent recording. They sell for under $20 on eBay and they have a mic input. The pre-amp isn't the best in the world but it isn't bad either. You could combine that with a AT Pro 24 and have less than $100 in a decent system. I would suggest though that you spend $200 on a Zoom H2 when they come out in the near future. They record in 24 bit and they have their own built in mics. IMO they are the future of portable recorders. They are a tremendous value for a recorder but they aren't much as a player. The iriver I mentioned would be a better player if you want a device that will record and play your recordings. I say this because the H2 will be much bigger to carry around than the iriver.
  8. I know someone who was looking for a HIMD. I'll try to steer him your way.
  9. I've been very interested in the H2 myself but the H4 comes with the connections for your Shure mic (again I'm also assuming you have a SM58). That alone might make it worth the extra money for you. You wouldn't need the adapters mentioned by Guitarfxr. I'm making another assumption - that the phantom power on the H4 can be turned off. Is that the case Guitarfxr? The SM58 isn't set up to work with phantom power. Most equipment allows you to turn off phantom power I believe. You wouldn't want to forget to do it because likely as not it would fry your mic. I'm interested in the H2 because it's cheaper than other quality recorders including HIMD recorders and it comes with M/S mics. Plus it will work with the mics I already own. If the built in mics are any good you might be able to just use the H2 without any other mics. The H4 also has built in mics too btw. From what I hear they are pretty good mics.
  10. FWIW it's possible to build a boom pole out of a painter's pole. For a good quality pole and a mount to make it work you're likely to have $35 to $40 in it though. I already had a painter's pole so that was about $25 of the total. You're going to get a better boom with something made for this purpose but if you have a painter's pole already then you might consider this. I actually use a boom mic stand because I rarely have anyone capable of operating a mic boom well since my son is almost always away at school. I use this stand for most of my work. I just use a cardiod mic on it and I try to get my subject to sit still. This is a decent stand with a long boom but it's even more expensive than a mic boom. And as Guitarfxr says, you can get an adapter for the threads on the Rode to make it work with US style mic stands and booms. The threads on the Rode are the same size used in Europe and other places. I have an adapter for my Rode. It cost me about $4 I think. I got it at B&H. I can't help you with a wind screen. You'll probably get better advice on that from someone who owns a AT822.
  11. Those are two excellent mics. You could very well use the AT822 and the HIMD for the ambience portion of your audio. Pre-amps on cameras aren't terrible or anything especially for voice. The Rode comes with a good shock mount for a hot shoe also. You can mount a Rode VM to a boom pole though if you pay attention to keeping the person speaking in the sweet spot of the mic's pick up angle. The one thing I might caution you about is that when mounting the Rode to your camera you will need to have your camera pretty close to the person speaking. Shotgun mics really aren't better at picking up from a distance though some people think they are. You should always record within a few feet (5 at most) to get the best audio. Any farther than that and it's best to use a boom or a lav attached to a recorder that you can put in the speaker's pocket. I wouldn't say that about the SP mic. There's always a reason to use a good mic. I always like to have at least one backup plan for everything I record and usually I have 2 backups. You just never know when something is going to go wrong with a recording. MD recorders still sometimes fail to write the TOC for a sound file if you aren't careful. Sometimes batteries die unexpectedly. You might just forget to start the recorder (I've done that too - embarassing but true). IMO you can't have too many mics and the more you have recording at important times the better. I think I'm probably more paranoid than most about such things but I don't like the idea of losing a one time only chance at recording something important. So I use at least 2 cameras and all the audio recorders I can start up.
  12. I always suggest a single point stereo mic as the first mic a person should own. I think they are more versatile. The AT822 and the Rode SVM are both cardioid mics so both are excellent choices. I would probably choose the 822 because it has a longer track record so you know it's durable. There are of course good mono cardiods. There's such a long list of them it's really hard to narrow down the field for me. You might get better advice from someone who actually owns one and I currently don't. The Sound Pro mics always get great reviews. The Sony is a good mic in a lot of ways but it is not really a full range mic. It drops off at low frequencies. That makes it ok for voice but not as good as it could be for music etc.. The Sound Pro mics are certainly good investments and I don't think you would be disappointed with them. If you have the money I would go with them. With a HIMD like that I wouldn't worry about upgrading for quite a while. You have an excellent piece of recording gear there and only a very few people would really notice the difference between it and a 24 bit recorder (that's assuming the H2 really does a good job as a 24 bit recorder which may be assuming quite a bit). I'd stick with the RH1 for quite a while before considering an upgrade or just an additional recorder. It's really pretty hard to improve on the RH1 or any HIMD for that matter. They do sound good. That sounds like a good plan. I use my HIMD for the front channels though and use my camera to record the rear channels because the pre-amps in consumer grade cameras aren't as good as HIMD pre-amps. As for what mic to use when it really comes down to having the right mic for the situation and that means having a bag full of different mics for different jobs. I use my Rode VM, my Nady CM-2S, my 2 Giant Squid mono omni lavs, my Sony MS907 and my Aiwa CM-S20 stereo omni lav all for different purposes. I often mount my Rode on a boom mic stand because as long as the person is sitting where you want them the sound will be excellent. For anything the Rode misses I use the GS's as a backup or sometimes as the primary with the Rode as the backup depending on the situation. I also use the Nady on the boom quite often because it is a good cardioid. And which recorder to use is another question that needs to be answered on an individual basis. You really just can't get away from learning what different mics do well and learning which mics to get and when to use them. There are sites that are pretty good in getting you started with your collection of mics and knowing what to do with them. There are still quite a few mics I want to add to my collection. I'm thinking about the H2 with the mic that comes with it. I also need a good mono cardioid and I need a good handheld mic. Then of course I'll probably start to want better mics in each category. You might start doing some research on sites like the mic faq on this web page or possibly the mic glossary on this web page is very useful. I also have used Wikipedia often to learn about mics. I like this web page quite a bit also. It explains things well IMO. Ty Ford has some very useful info on his site. It's the Audio Bootcamp but I can't remember the url right now. You can find it through Google I'm sure. And there's a FAQ that I think covers a lot of important ground for recording audio for video especially as M/S design mics relate to recording voice etc.. It's on this web page. There's a lot of technical stuff there too but there's some important info on mic design that helps on determining what mic to use when. There are actually quite a few other places to look but this should give you a good start. I could write a lot of this stuff down here again but it's already written out and explained better than I could explain it on these sites. I'd give them a whirl if I were you.
  13. It's not so much that a stereo mic would be better but it's a less directional mic that would be better even if it's a mono mic. A hyper-cardoid or a cardioid would be best for boom work. If you have someone experienced with a boom then you could get by with a shotgun maybe. Lots of people do use shotguns on poles but it's just a little trickier. The sound professionals mic would certainly be better. But it's double the price too. You might get an AT Pro24 in the same price range as the Sony but it lacks the M/S mic setup which I think makes for excellent voice recording. Yeah that's it. But I would wait to make sure it's as good as I think it will be. It's still new on the market. But if you have a HIMD already you should be set with what you have. If your MD is a standard MD I might think about upgrading. The Zoom H2 is likely going to sound some better than a HIMD because it's 24 bit but there's other considerations. You won't know for a while if it's going to be great. The H2 does come with it's own mics though and they are M/S design. The H2 will also record in 5.1 surround sound mode which is something special for a device with only one mic really. It's a brand new design so again a wait and see attitude would probably be best. That's what I'm doing. MD has a lot going for it too though. For one thing they make great portable players which the H2 really isn't designed to do. So if you want a dual purpose device then a HIMD is very hard to beat. That's why I'll likely keep my HIMD even if I get a H2. IMO HIMD's are superior to MP3 players as portable players but I'm sure I would get some argument on that from some boards. But the MP3 players I've seen (both of my kids have Ipods - an original model and a Nano) don't sound as good as my HIMD. And you can keep a lot of discs around for an unlimited number of songs. Mine also takes AA batteries which is a big advantage IMO. My son's Ipod is sitting around waiting on a new $40 battery. He's using one of my IFP-890's as a player now instead of the Ipod. The H2 is a promising technology. You can get a recorder and a mic for the price of a good recorder or less than a really good mic. Both the AT822 and the Rode Stereo Videomic would be excellent choices but it could be the H2 will do it all for an excellent price. I'm hoping it will anyway. I really don't need another recorder right now but I'm thinking about getting one anyway just because of the features. Thanks. I was supposed to have an important interview yesterday but my uncle came in from Calif. so I had to postpone it. Hopefully I can get it wrapped it before too much longer. I've been working on it for a year and a half already and I have at least 6 months to go.
  14. Just a few thoughts. Using a shotgun on a boom is great if you have someone to operate the boom or you know the person won't be moving around in his chair. A shotgun is very directional and even a little bit of movement by the person talking can result in a change in the way your audio sounds. I have a Rode Videomic and I love it. But there are limitations to mics of all kinds. Another thing I didn't see mentioned was the fact that shotgun mics sometimes have serious problems recording indoors. Especially if your room has a lot of reflective surfaces (sound reflections of course) you can end up with off axis sounds coming into your shotgun and off axis sounds show up as a low rumble on a shotgun mic recording. That's because it's hard to eliminate the low freq sounds but much easier to remove the high freq stuff. It can end up sounding like you have a train in your room with you if you're not careful. I disagree with the assertation made by the good folks at B&H. That's a great place to do business but IMO salesmen are usually reading something off of a script that has been prepared for them and they really don't know that much about their products. I would suggest that the AT822 would do a fine job on a boom. I've used my single point stereo mics on a boom many times and never had a problem. Some mics are better than others. Purists will tell you that voice should always be recorded with a mono mic but I disagree. Certain mic designs work well recording voice even if they are stereo mics. Any XY design mic is probably going to do fairly well and some will do real well. Some will do badly though so it's a matter of trying it before committing to anything important. A M/S design mic (a variant of the XY design in reality) will do even better recording voice. I've had great success using my Sony ECM-MS907 mic for recording voice because it is a M/S design. You might note that the new Zoom H2 has a M/S design mic and it is certainly intended to be used for voice recording. IMO there are other mics you might be happy with that are cheaper. I have a Nady CM-2S that I like. It isn't a perfect mic but I have yet to see a perfect mic. I also like the Sony I mentioned when recording voice. The Rode Stereo Videomic mentioned in your post is also a single point stereo mic too btw. It's an excellent mic but maybe a little expensive compared to equally good mics like the AT822. I suggest you check out the forums at Camcorder Info where they have forums about audio. There are other forums that are geared toward pro level equipment too but for the equipment you describe you may want to start at the CCI board. It's a great board for those fairly new to video and the audio that goes with it. I've learned a lot there myself. I do video production for a living BTW. My company is called A-frame Video. I'm currently working on a documentary about a one room school. I already have a publisher interested in distributing this project. I've done work for them in the past and they were very happy with it. I do know a little about this subject much of which I learned from CCI. But I was into sound recording for many years before I got into video. I think you'll find lots of help at the CCI board. There are Sony forums there also.
  15. According to the web site it doesn't. They suggest Audacity as an alternative or possibly Sound Studio or Bias Peak. Sorry.
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