Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sony PCM-D50: Mix Magazine video from AES

Mix Magazine has posted a nice video showing off some of the Sony PCM-D50 digital audio recorder's features. I couldn't find a way to embed the video here, so you'll have to check it out over at Mix's site, but here are some of the highlights:
  • The Sony PCM-D50 has cheaper mics and preamps than the PCM-D1
  • The recorder comes with Sound Forge software for digital audio editing
  • It includes a digital pitch control feature that will let you slow down a recording by up to 75% without affecting the tone (great for transcribing audio or learning to play a guitar track)
  • A nice explanation of the pre-record feature (in a nutshell, when you enable pre-record, the PCM-D50 is always recording, but it's not saving to the hard drive. When you hit the record button, it will start the recording from 5 seconds prior to the instant you pressed the button).
  • You can adjust the mic placement, which is something you can't do on the PCM-D1. When you're in a typical XY pattern, the right mic is recording the left channel and vice versa. But the recorder will automatically adjust that when the mics are pointed outward instead of inward.

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