This is a difficult question. I thought the overall package was amazing from keyboard design to overall specs. Having more than two channels to record on can also seem like a welcome feature. Unfortunately it was discontinued years ago. This cannot be compensated with eq boost in 6-10k range, since it only increases hissiness without any improvement in clarity. Preamps In short, the job of a mic preamp is to amplify the weak signal generated by the microphone to a level that is easier to work with.
It is a pleasure to use, it worked well in a variety of temperatures and climates and it simply sounds amazing. This does not seem to be the case, at least for the moment. This piece of kit scores high on all criteria except price. While previous Sony recorders had excellent built-in microphones, they only had a single 3. As for brand, I found that Sandisk are most trusted among audio professionals. In this case, the Customer Care team will remove your account from auto-renewal to ensure you are not charged for an additional year and you can continue to use the subscription until the end of your subscription term.
I was just starting to work as a freelance sound designer and I needed a compact solution for recording sound effects and voice both in a studio and in the field. Sony has managed to carve two new niches for the A10 and D10, although they could have gone for lower self-noise devices. On top of quality considerations, budget is also rarely a fixed figure. No rattling or moving parts, just a small solid brick that gets the job done. Your wallet will thank you. To see if ShippingPass is right for you, try a 30-day free trial.
However, gear alone is never enough. Regardless of the downsides I think it outperforms many recorders on the market, even more expensive ones. The M10 sounds excellent with external mics as well. After spending a few weeks listening to the world through the mics on the H4n I started to learn its limitations. Accessories Regardless of brand or model your handheld will require a few extra accessories, the most important being batteries, memory cards, wind protection and shock protection. While it provided decent results when recording relatively loud sources, recording quiet ambiences was out of the question. I personally prefer the sound of the D100 in the video you shared as it sounds a bit more focused.
It also was the most visible of only a few handheld recorders on the market. George is right, it goes beyond 20khz but is -10dB down by 30khz. Rituals has been produced for the modern horror trailer style and suspence score with eerie violin fragments and phrases, sinister soundscapes, dramatic benders, destructive glitch, distorted synths, heavy hitting sound design elements, clocks and much more. The Zoom H4n can record to 4 channels, while the Zoom H6 and the Roland R26 can record to 6 channels. When I first read about it I thought the A10 was the long-awaited M10 replacement. And others like rocky beaches create colorful sounds.
The feed from this mic is mixed in on both L and R channels and it supposedly extends the frequency response down to 20Hz. Some high-quality microphones and preamps do colour the audio, and this is what makes them so sought after. Sign up for ShippingPass so you can shop more, save money and live better. I have since used it on trips to Ethiopia, Gabon and Romania without a glitch. If however price is an issue I would recommend getting a used D50 or the M10 from Sony.
Budget As previously discussed, budget is usually the most important aspect taken into account when looking to purchase a handheld recorder. I recorded these files simultaneously with the on-board mics on each of the 5 recorders. I also plan on releasing video reviews for each of the two, but that will take a while since I have a lot of studio work to get done in a relatively short time. Is it good enough to dethrone the D100? As already mentioned, the Zooms feel quite cheap and unreliable, while the Roland ones feel relatively good and sturdy. Conclusion Before I ordered the two new devices, I thought the reign of the D100 and M10 might be coming to an end. Scroll down to the bottom for downloadable recordings made with each of these handhelds.
As for the M10, there will be limitations related to cost. You cannot receive a refund if you have placed a ShippingPass-eligible order. This is not really a problem for me as I have other recorders for that purpose. It looks like the new model is no exception. So when some of the buttons on my unit stopped working, I eventually switched to rather than buy an even-more-expensive. A handheld recorder is also used by seasoned professionals. On top of that the H4n is also a notorious battery hog, so you have to lug around plenty of spare batteries.
Yes, if you need it to record for many hours and access to electricity is not guaranteed. It sounds acceptable with external microphones though, but so do all the other devices in this list. When paired with these the Sony D100 works brilliantly. Higher quality preamps will generally not colour nor add noise to the original signal. I also find that limiting my options at times really helps me think creatively and come up with new ways of doing my work.
If the device is too light it may be thought of as a toy. This is another criterion in which Sony scores high and the others not so much. At any rate, the H4n was a winner in my inexperienced view as it seemed to have all the features I needed. Some of these are easier to compare with one another so I decided to share them for everyone to download and check. While most of the devices on the market have relatively noisy preamps, Sony has managed to do a good job in this regard with their handhelds. A handheld recorder is an absolute necessity for an audio professional.