[bct] Re: Olympus WS320M Walking Podcast - Electrical Hum - Ideal Recorder?

  • From: "Jeff Bishop" <jeff.bishop@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 7 Mar 2006 17:14:45 -0700

Speaking of Sound Professionals microphones, their site is amazingly
complicated LOL as far as finding t hings.  I think it is mainly due to the
number of products on their site.  Can someone provide a link to the
microphones that they are using that are clip on that they provide?


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jim Fettgather
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 5:12 PM
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Subject: [bct] Re: Olympus WS320M Walking Podcast - Electrical Hum - Ideal

Hi to the list, this is Jim Fettgather from Kansas City, long time reader of

the list, first time poster!
When I first received my Sound Professionals binaural microphones, I was 
highly distressed to notice a discernable hum, a loud 60 cycle hum, when the

microphones were plugged into the Olympus, or even into a Mini disk 
recorder.  I noticed that same hum in parts of Larry's latest walk cast.I 
then found that as I walked out of and beyond this room with several PC's, 
keyboards, monitors, wireless transmitter and other electronic equipment, 
that the hum thankfully disappeared.
I have not used any other microphones that seem to be susseptible to hum 
from nearby electronics.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mika Pyyhkala" <pyyhkala@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, March 07, 2006 9:39 AM
Subject: [bct] Olympus WS320M Walking Podcast - Electrical Hum - Ideal 

> Hi,
> I listened with interest to the podcast with the WS320M.  I notice that on
> periods of silence, you can clearly hear something that sounds like an
> electrical hum or hiss.  I don't believe you get this on the Iriver 
> IFP899,
> but I would have to double check to be absolutely sure.
> I don't know if the hum/his comes from recording at 64K, or due to some
> other artifac of the recorder/mic combo.
> It is an ok recording, but I don't know if I would say it is the "best"
> recorder, etc.
> I don't think we really have identified a "best" recorder.  Once you get
> used to it, the Iriver is ok, but the controls are not very accessible.
> Once in a while with the Iriver you may find it does not record when you
> think it will, etc.  This is especially true if you are having to stop and
> start the recording, etc.  Also I have not found a way to know when the
> Iriver battery is dying, so I usually find out again by it not having
> recorded.
> I found that the Plextalk with Preamp and mic was too big/too many wires. 
> I
> do a lot of sound seing recordings, and I need something that is very 
> quick
> to get it out and on and put away and off.
> The Milestone looked promising, but it has received lackluster reviews 
> from
> both Blind Access Journal and Don Barrett.
> I wonder if perhaps the Edirol is "the best."  Again 90% sort of sound 
> seing
> type activities.  I briefly took a look at the Edirol.  It has some very
> nice built in stereo mics.  The one bad thing I remember is there is no 
> neck
> strap or the like so that might be a problem doing lots of sound seing and
> running around with it.  I believe that Jonathan Mosen uses the Edirol.
> I would be curious about the other recorder Larry uses, I believe some 
> type
> of EmAudio?
> Regards,
> Mika

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