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ZOOM M2 M3 M4 MicTrak Stereo Microphones & Recorders - 32 bit one-piece devices

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Ozpeter:
I've scrolled down the forum a fair way but can't see this one mentioned.   Forgive me if I've overlooked an existing topic.

"The ZOOM M2 MicTrak Stereo Microphone and Recorder combines two cardioid microphones in an X/Y position with a quality microSD-compatible field recorder. This all-in-one design makes it a convenient solution and it also includes the ability to record in up to 96 kHz / 32-bit float.  The M2 MicTrak was designed to fuse the professional guts and features of the F-Series recorders with the convenience and portable form factor of the Handy Series. This middle road allows the M2 to provide excellent functionality at an attractive price."

https://www.newsshooter.com/2022/12/15/zoom-m2-mictrak-stereo-microphone-recorder/

$199 US - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1737327-REG/zoom_zm2_m2_mictrak_microphone_and.html

And there's an M4 also - https://zoomcorp.com/en/us/mictrak-recorders/mictrak-recorders/m4-mictrak/ - four tracks with timecode.  It has  built in stereo mic, XLR x 2 inputs, and also seems to have a 3.5mm stereo mic input.  This perhaps is the device most likely to be of interest here but it's more expensive than the other two models. 

And an M3 for on-camera mounting, which interests me more than the others.  https://www.amazon.co.uk/Zoom-M3-Microphone-Shockmount-Compatible/dp/B0BN4D8GCH
https://zoomcorp.com/en/jp/mictrak-recorders/mictrak-recorders/m3-mictrak/

That also seems to be only $199.  There's a YouTube video at https://youtu.be/4A3S1tuq2GQ showing it being used with its post-production width control for pipe organ recording.  This I find impressive, except that when it's set to mono, it's actually 120 degree stereo.  This could be an error in the video - or a bug in the mic or software which Zoom should have spotted!

"It's just a mic that I happened to have in my pocket, Mr Security Man.  I haven't got a recorder with me to connect it to."

I'll leave you to google for other links - or not, if you think it's not in the least interesting! 

daspyknows:
Inn terms of the mics, you get what you pay for.  Can't vouch for it beyond that. 

Datfly:
I ordered the new 32 Bit Float Zoom M3 MicTrak Stereo Shotgun Microphone and Recorder for my camera since I do concert video. Should be here today.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1737328-REG/zoom_zm3_m3_mictrak_shotgun_microphone.html

They came out with 3 new 32 Bit Float recorders.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/pro-audio/news/zoom-m2-m3-m4-mictrak-microphone-recorder?BI=572&gclid=Cj0KCQiA14WdBhD8ARIsANao07hivdmxcSioQfwV-dbtoqfrSTQO4ZrwYEMhM0aUQ60iTy-fvOhrJIkaAq3bEALw_wcB


https://www.youtube.com/user/datflys

Ozpeter:

--- Quote from: daspyknows on December 20, 2022, 10:49:13 AM ---Inn terms of the mics, you get what you pay for.  Can't vouch for it beyond that.

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I thought the pipe organ recording was pretty good - certainly nothing unpleasant about it.

Ozpeter:

--- Quote from: Datfly on December 20, 2022, 11:18:44 AM ---I ordered the new 32 Bit Float Zoom M3 MicTrak Stereo Shotgun Microphone and Recorder for my camera since I do concert video. Should be here today.



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Me jealous?  Of course not... it's not available here in Australia until February.  I could get B&H to ship me one though... I have to say that having started recording using an EMI L2  recorder (with valves)  https://reel-reel.com/tape-recorder/emi-l2/ and having once intterviewed Sir Yehudi Menuhin at his home about his days of recording on wax discs - for which I used a HHB Portadat which intrigued him - being able now to buy a one-piece 32 bit float camera mounted mic/recorder does amaze me.  I look forward to your feedback in due course!

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