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  1. On 5/9/2020 at 11:17 AM, sfbp said:

    Likely locked for recording, with a minidisc inside it.

    You MUST apply power before there's even a chance to open it. Force it and bye-bye RH1. Even if the battery is dead (or missing), these RH1s will allow operating power to reach them from the USB. It's not recommended, but needs must...


    Thank you, thank you, thank you.  BC or WA, my love for Vancouver just increased.   

  2. I would say it is that damned mic. I have gotten excellent bass with an SP-CMC-4U which is an AT-853U capsule rigged to work as a stand-alone mic. It feeds and RH1, but I know it gets fine bass feeding an old MZ-N1 I have in SP mode. I have a SONY ECM-MS957 which actually feeds pretty good bass to the recorder, either one records it well.


  3. I find that MP3 files encoded with LAME at V2 sound pretty darned good. It is hard to tell them from uncompressed. So much so that to me it is a trivial difference. When I want ~8 hours of music on one CD: LAME V2. YMMV :dirol:

  4. At least you have radio!! I get internet radio when I can, and put much music so I can listen going to work, and at work, gotta have tunes


    Bob, good point. Some of us think we are not well off until we look around. ;o)

  5. Hi,

    Can anyone suggest a suitable microphone to record close up acoustic guitar and banjo sessions on?

    I purchased a 'Yoga Uni-Directional Compact mic' a while ago. This plugs directly into the MD recorder and is powered from it too. There's no lead so it's quite neat but the results lack bass. It's ok for speach but dissapointing for acoustic music recordings.

    I borrowed an Audio Technica AT9720 (an old model which I'm told is equivalent to today's ATR97) boundary mic and get better results with that. Is there a mic out there that I would get even better results with?

    Also, is the sound quality of a recording made in Hi-SP better or worse than a recording made in MD-SP or MD-Mono?

    If I purchased/borrowed an XLR mic (such as the M-Audio Luna) is there an adapter unit that I could use to plug it into the 3.5mm mic input on my NH700?



    Dave - mics can cost up to the price of a small car. How much do you want to spend? You can buy a plenty good mic for ~US$200. Microphone Madness and Sound Professionals both offer good stereo mics in this price range, and less. There are adapters for XLR to mini-plug, too. The least compressed recording mode will offer the best sound. I would suggest Hi-SP.


  6. I have noticed that, when using a level setting of 10/30 or lower at the mic-in, you lower the signal, but not the distortion of the overloaded preamp, which makes the 0-10 range kind of useless. What was your level setting?

    9 or 10. I tried both. I should have been coming in through line-in. It looks like the meter read what is happening at the amp stage so it is not neccessary to switch from one reading to another when the input is different. I am guessing. Verdaemte Reisfressers. LOL

  7. I actually thought li-ons thrived by keeping them on full charge. I believe I read that somewhere in a discussion either here or the T Board. The li-on system is designed that the charge is regulated because overcharging could actually cause serious problems. I'll have to see if I can find the link.

    Anyhow, supposedly any unit that uses a Li-on can be stored right on its cradle or charger. My MZ-E10 has spent most of it's four year life this way and still runs longer on a single charge than any other player I have. I also do the same with my HD5.

    However, maybe keeping it plugged in through your computer is different. I usually just keep my RH1 plugged into the AC/USB adapter...

    My laptop keeps its LiIon topped up all the time. When it drops even a smidgen the charger brings it right up. Maybe the laptop disconnects the battery when charged. I do not know. I would guess SONY would have a circuit to do that in the RH!. Best way to find out: write SONY.

    Cheers B)

    FWIW - My RH1 dims and then the lights turn off when it is hooked up to the charger. I guess SONY thought about this.

  8. I mistakenly plugged a set of mics with a battery box into mic-in and did not catch it until I was into the set. I had backed off the volume to what looked like a 10 - 12dB headroom. The files when examined in a audio editor show flat tops (brickwalling?) even though the meters show plenty of headroom for mic-in. I am guessing that the meters measure what is at the internal amp not what is at the pre-amp. The pre-amp seemingly overloaded, brickwalled and passed a clipped signal on to the internal amp. This is my guess. Maybe it was passing it to the ADC. At any rate, be warned. The meters may not always tell the whole truth.

    Cheers B)

  9. If the mics don't get overloaded because u record very loud things, use mic-in.

    Impedance of line-in and mic-in is different, which will make a recording made with a microphone via line in sound cold and ugly. Although a lot of people here seem convinced that a battery box connected to a line-in will do, it doesn't sound nice. Even with the attery box connected, you should connect to the mic-in, that's what it's for...

    Now that's interesting: mic-in is a warmer sound compared to line-in being "cold and ugly." Has anyone else noticed this?? I may have to test this out. Feedback welcome on this.

    Cheers B)

  10. Out and about with the RH1 and the MM-HLSC-1's capturing the sounds. Got some bluegrass on Thursday and a great HS students jazz band on Saturday, The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra.

    I am posting a track of each to see what you think. If they are good it is because even a blind hog finds a root once in a while. ;o)

    I uploaded the wrong PYJO file first, cannot figure you how to delete it, and uploaded the right one finally, file number three. Cheers. B)




  11. Is a battery box , power for powered mics ??? If so do you have to worry about overloading the mic. input ??? I am looking for a new mic for my sharp mdmt 15 and was looking at a audio technica pro 24 battery powered stereo mic. is this too much for my sharp or is there something better ???? I am not looking to record stealth just at jams and outdoors often .

    A battery box is a box, usually plastic, with a simple circuit and a battery. Its purpose is to supply bias current to electret condensor mics. The voltage supplied by the mic-in of most MD's is not that high. With the voltage supplied by the battery box you can record at higher volumes (SPL's) without having the mics distort. It is not a 100% guarantee against distortion, but it helps a lot.

    This board has an excellent post by Greenmachine on how to build this box. You can also buy one for ~US$50. The AT Pro 24 is just the type of mic which would profit from a BB. You may be better off spending about twice that at Sound Professionals and getting the AT-U853's with the 4.7Kohm mod. Their model number at SP is SP-CMC-4U. Microphone Madness also make a nice pair of Sennheiser's, MM-HLSC-1, which is a bit more. If you do any more recording than just a few sets you may as well bite the bullet and get a set of good, mid-priced amateur grade mics.

    Cheers B)

  12. I have heard that mic is a good one. I do not have experience with it, however. As for a good place to buy in NYC, well, try froogle.com and get your best price in NY. If you or your friend is not familiar w/NYC try to stay in Manhattan unless he is able to decipher the riddle of the NY subways. The cab ride might cost as much as the mics! LOL

    You might also try www.taperssection.com as they specialize in study of and comments on recording.

    Cheers B)

  13. Perhaps through service mode. I don't think there would be firmware updates though.

    There are updates. Firmware in some RH1's has a higher number than mine. Mine is 1.0 and I have seen reported here higher numbers than that one. I would like to be able to update mine to what is current, but it might not fit the hardware if SONY has made some minute change. Still love that little RH1. B)

  14. I will need that remote as well. My tired old eyes don't get it with the tiny one that comes with the RH1

    So, why use a remote at all?? The panel on the RH1 is luminescent and easily readable. I get by fine without mine remote. I like to keep it as simple as possible. And I'm older than you.

    Cheers B)

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