[colug-432] 24-bit Sound Input

Dave Maxwell dmaxwell at columbus.rr.com
Mon Dec 14 21:15:49 EST 2009

On Mon December 14 2009, you wrote:
> Dave,
> I am really happy with my edirol R-09HR.
> It is a standalone recorder, 24 bit .
> Perhaps something like that would give you what you need , and also
> serve as a fun hand held recorder ?
> I see it at $300 or so.
> http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016MLUKU/ref=asc_df_B0016MLUKU984016?smid=ATVPDK

> --
> Tom

It hadn't occurred to me to use a solid state recorder similar to how I used 
the Kingwin KM-31BK for VHS conversion.  And I did find some decent seeming 
24bit/96 kHz recorders with line ins on them for around $150.  Here is one 
such.  This is probably a purchase for January but unless I find a really 
decent USB sound card with the same input specs I'll go with a recorder such 
as this one:


It is a Zoom H2 and appears to have a LCD VU meter so I if use the line in and 
get an average -12dB deflection while recording a 96kHz wav at 24 bit then 
I'll be a happy guy.  Once normalized, edited, declicked and decrackled, 
downsized to 48kHz/16 bit, and ran through LAME (--alt-preset-extreme) I 
should have some nice audio to show for it.

A friend gave me a really nice floating suspension turntable and I have a 
pre-amp.  That and the 24-bit recorder should beat the snot out of these USB 
turntables I see.

Incidentally, that same trick works well with digital cameras.  Take the pix 
in hi quality mode and downscale rather than set the camera to low quality 
mode.  Software on a PC will do a much better job of dithering down and 
interpolating than the camera will. In that case both dynamic range and color 
gamut are the maximum the target resolution/bitness can depict. 

A sequel is an admission that you've been reduced to imitating yourself.
		-- Don Marquis

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