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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #15 on: May 28, 2024, 09:33:27 AM »
^Something like the Tascam X6 is what I was thinking.  How good are the internal mics and noise level?
If he's comfortable with running it and wishes to go further, he can always additionally add your Vanguards or Line Audios.
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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #16 on: May 28, 2024, 03:28:41 PM »
I own the X8, which I know use the 14mm Primo EM200 series cardioid capsules. The X6 has smaller 10mm capsules, but assuming they are Primos they will still have quite good noise performance. The preamps for both the XLR and 3.5mm inputs on my X8 are excellent, and I have no reason to think the same circuits aren’t used in the X6. The X6 sound samples I’ve heard on-line are, to my ears, far superior to the Zoom H series recorders, from both a noise and general quality perspective. The X6 will have a lot of features our OP’s dad won’t have the need to use, but these machines are great for holding the previous settings through a power cycle, so it should always be ready to go once initially set up.

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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #17 on: May 28, 2024, 04:47:52 PM »
This is so cute! Hope your dad will record many shows for years to come!
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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #18 on: May 28, 2024, 06:15:43 PM »
Thanks, Volt.

I've been gravitating towards the F3 on my own, and appreciate your perspective on noise floor.

I have a set of Vanguard V1 mics, haven't used them in 2 years, could 'store' them at my Dad's and stay under his $500 limit that way.

Issue is I'm worried that this becomes a rig that's too fiddly for him. As Gutbucket mentioned in his post, complexity is an issue with someone 90 years old...

But it would likely sound much better. If I were ok not having much room sound, I could put the omni caps on, have him close-mic, and set the balance in post. That'd eliminate a lot of the need for great placement.

Hmmm

The F3 is about the least fiddly thing you could use. Plug in external power bank (if recording a long time), plug in mics, turn on, press REC.
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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 03:06:56 AM »
If the internal microphones are not of good quality, an external xy stereo microphone can help with simplicity - it has one cable, simply to mount,  it is easily aimed between the musicians and the stereo width can be adjusted in post.

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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 04:04:25 PM »

The F3 is about the least fiddly thing you could use. Plug in external power bank (if recording a long time), plug in mics, turn on, press REC.

Agree 100% with this suggestion at the $550 or so price point. 

Make it even less fiddly by plugging in the XLRs/mics and leaving them plugged in all the time.  This would be ideal with a set of XLRs with a light gauge cable... say similar to what nbob uses on his actives.  I could see my 88-yo Dad have trouble fiddling with locking XLRs at the venue, so I'd just set it up for him before he leaves for the show.  Just roll the mics/cables up with the recorder and stuff it all into a smallish Lowepro bag.  Unroll it and fly the mics wherever.  Turn the F3 on, hit record and he can take a two-hour nap.  :)
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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 04:37:13 PM »
^ That's an idea.  My concern with to jumping straight to the use of external mics doesn't involve any difficulty in using an F3 as recorder, but rather all the other stuff involved- setting up the mics in mounts on a stand in the right way, connecting and managing the cables, getting all that into the right position, not creating a trip hazard, all that jazz.

If you determine external mics and and F3 (or whatever) is the right answer, but want to avoid all those hassles, you might set everything up semi-permanently on a single mic-stand INCUDING the recorder, use a Shapeways mount that has no provision for changing mic angle or spacing (thus eliminating the possibility of any accidental change of mic config), and tie-wrap all the cables neatly to the stand.  Make it is so that he can just pull that contraption out of the closet, place it wherever, point it in the right direction and hit record.


FYI this is pretty much how I manage to run 8 channels of mics myself with quick easy setup and breakdown.  All the mics in the array remain attached and wired to the recorder at all times.  I walk in, assess the situation, put a stand down and attach the array to it (or attach low-foot or clamp), unfold/telescope the array, confirm that the mics are all oriented in the right directions, raise the stand and press record.  I can manage all that in about 60 seconds if really pressed for time.

[edit- Now if I could streamline the post work in a similar way..  :spin: ]
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Re: First rig suggestions - 90 year-old noob taper 😀
« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 05:10:40 PM »
If you determine external mics and and F3 (or whatever) is the right answer, but want to avoid all those hassles, you might set everything up semi-permanently on a single mic-stand INCUDING the recorder, use a Shapeways mount that has no provision for changing mic angle or spacing (thus eliminating the possibility of any accidental change of mic config), and tie-wrap all the cables neatly to the stand.  Make it is so that he can just pull that contraption out of the closet, place it wherever, point it in the right direction and hit record.

Got to this setup in my thinking as well. Perhaps with added complication of 2 mic stands, one w recorder mount. For this acoustic music in a small room, close positioning is helpful in producing a recoding with distinction between instruments. I worry that placing an x/y config centrally will smoosh everything together. At the same time, issues of complexity and safety around cables makes the single point more attractive. I may just take advantage of Ama return policy and try the H1 compared with my multi-mic setup and asses. Can return and go more complicated if that seems wortht the extra cost and complexity.

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