[bct] the ds2

  • From: "Michelle Pryor" <mlturtle@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 25 May 2006 08:15:28 -0700

I'm just wondering about what mode the ds2 you heard was set too. It has 5
modes with differing quality for each one. Just fyi mine is set on the
second highest mode.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Amy" <amy@xxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:33 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast quality

> I hear you. While in some ways, I want to disagree, I guess quality is a
> subjective based on what we can and can't hear, and what matters to each
> us in the recordings. I can tell you that as a kid, I just didn't care all
> that much. But when I was a teenager,I cared a lot, and I wanted much
> quality than I had; I just didn't have the resources and thought it was a
> dream out of reach. And it's okay if for you the DS-2 meets your needs. I
> might end up getting one myself, as a starter for making podcasts, and
> having a stereo recorder. That's okay too.
> It's not just a hiss. It's very hard to explain. It's like a hiss and an
> effect on all sounds that I seriously don't know how to put into words. i
> wish I could.
> I have a minor hearing loss on the left ear, and a mild/moderate loss on
> right. There are frequencies I dont' hear as well, particularly in the
> ranges on the left side, and everything is pretty much muted, from what
> been told, on the right. This makes some things, like traffic work,
> hard for me, but in recording and sound quality, I'm a huge stickler, even
> with the losses. Most sighted people don't notice half the junk I hear, or
> so they say. Grin. But the point to all that was that I notice it still,
> don't know what it is. It probably has to do with the internal mic or if
> there is one, an internal preamp, if it's there at all. I did notice a
> difference with the external mics, which is the only way I'd go for a real
> podcast, personally.
> I wish I knew how Jamie did his hale storm in April. I know it was the
> built-in mic, but it is night and day different from what others ahve
> I mean no offense by that; the other recordings aren't bad, jsut different
> and to me, slightly lower quality sound.
> I wish I knew of anyone who had the DS-2 and the Church-Audio mics. Or the
> DM20 and the same mics. I'd love to compare them side by side.
> Amy
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Pam Quinn" <quinn.family@xxxxxxxxx>
> To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:21 AM
> Subject: [bct] Re: Podcast quality
> I can definitely go along with that. I just find it curious that
> quality in some cases is subjective; like a sense of humor I guess.
> But it's interesting that so many of us can't hear the hiss apparently
> produced with the Olympus. I can with the built-in microphone, but not
> with the external. When I listen to recordings made with the Olympus
> DS-2 and external mics with head phones, I'm right there. Haha, but as
> I write this, I sit here and listen to a hiss in my right ear brought
> about by my hearing condition. Not pleasant. Maybe the Olympus merely
> conforms to my reality, unfortunate as it can be in that regard.
> Pam
> On Thu, 25 May 2006 06:46:20 -0400, you wrote:
> >Mary, I will gently take exception to what you say.  I do not think an
> >emphasis on quality can ever be overblown.  We owe it to ourselves and
> >listeners to produce the best podcasts our budgets and skills allow.  It
> >like writing, you are a careful writer who cares about what you write,
> >for podcasts, if we can make them better, it is good to do so.
> >budget constrains many, and this is not a problem.
> >
> >My wife has very limited hearing out of one ear only, and she cannot hear
> >the hiss present in recordings made with the Olympus units, however, if I
> >play one such for her, then one made on the kind of machines Neal and I
> >have, she can tell the difference, instantly, even if she cannot quantify
> >that difference.  While few should or even can afford that much for a
> >recorder, as you note, there are ways to get a better recording out of
> >Olympus, like using external microphones.
> >
> >I encourage people to make the best podcasts they can.  This does not
> >that those with inexpensive equipment and software should not try, they
> >should and we see some very good results on the web site made with lower
> >cost equipment.  But, let's not diminish the emphasis on quality because
> >having a goal to reach is always good.
> >
> >Dan
> >
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