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MiniDisc Recording Advice

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by bigsby, Oct 8, 2004.

  1. bigsby

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    Picked up a new Sony NetMD in an Argos sale a couple of months ago as a replacement for my ancient portable from around 97.

    Whereas my old machine had a direct mic input for recording from a (passive) microphone does not. I assumed that just plugging into the line input would work but it doesn't. Can anyone tell me how to get around this? Would buying some sort of active microphone work? Can anyone recommend a good active mic of the clip on variety so that I can continue to bootleg concerts? ;)
     
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    No way round it some models have mic in some don't.
    Using the new models as examples the MZNH600 doesn't but the MZNH700 does have a mic in.
     
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    You can buy external microphone pre-amplifiers from some audio specialists (soundprofessionals.com, microphonemadness.com - please delete this mod if it contravenes any rules). A good, portable one would set you back a fair bit, though the quality should be much higher than from the built in Sony mic-inputs.
     
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    Thanks for that. I haven't looked yet, but it may be cheaper to buy a new recorder.

    I assume that something like this wouldn't be any good:

    http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/hom...andmicrophones/productView.htm?quicklinx=123W

    It says it features "plug in power" operation, but I don't know what that means!
     
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    No, unfortunately "Plug-in Power" operation means that the recording device must have a built in power supply to the mic (ie. a mic pre-amp/mic jack). There are self-powered mics available, but again they're not cheap. Electret mics use small button batteries, but don't provide plug in (line-level) power.....
     

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