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Korg MR 1000

Discussion in 'Recording' started by JackHenry, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. JackHenry

    JackHenry Active Member

    Mar 16, 2008
    South Australia
    Does anyone have experience (good or otherwise) with the Korg MR 1000???

    I'm thinking of getting one for field work. Mainly ambient recording. Nature sounds etc. I'm not able to find any info regarding the Korg and M/S decoding.

    Can anyone advise me if the Korg does do M/S. Also, if anyone has a suggestion for a recorder of similar cost, I'm open for suggestions.

  2. gentlevoice

    gentlevoice Active Member

    Dec 28, 2007
    Hi John,

    Just out of curiosity - what is M/S decoding?

    Below is the link to Korg's webpages on the MR-1000 but I don't know if this is what you are looking for....


    If you are interested in how to make a DSD disc using a PC here's a link to that:



  3. hueseph

    hueseph Distinguished Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Mid-side decoding. Using one figure 8 mic as the side and a cardiod mic as the mid(dle) or center mic. I don't know of any stand alone units that do this.
  4. mushoo

    mushoo Guest

    As far as I know (and I own one) the korg doesn't do MS decoding. Why do you need it to? I'm assuming you're going to import the files to your computer eventually, and can convert them then, so do you just want it for when you're monitoring in the field?

    Probably the most/only annoying thing I've found with the MR-1000 is that there is no panpots for the monitoring of microphones - mic 1 is always left, and mic 2 is always right, with no overlap. Great if you're doing XY stereo micing, terrible if you're running mono or MS.
  5. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    Aug 16, 2006
    LA, CA
  6. mushoo

    mushoo Guest

    That recorder test sheet is interesting, but I'm not sure it's the best test for the MR-1000. AFAIK the MR-1000 uses a very different signal chain when recording normal WAV files at whateever bitdepth/sample rate, than it does when using it's 1-bit chain. All those tests were done at 44.1/16bit, using the 'highest available gain setting' and it's well known that the 'High Gain' switch on the back of the MR-1000 produces a lot of noise.

    I'd be interested to see what each recorder's noise level was when things are recorded at the highest available sample rates per machine.
  7. DonnyWright

    DonnyWright Guest

    1/8 th inch stereo jacks for the external mics = lame.
    Look at the Fostex FR2-LE. Great sound and has XLR in.
  8. mushoo

    mushoo Guest

    That's the MR-1, the iPod sized recorder. The MR1000 is book-sized and has combo XLR/quarter-inch jacks for both input and output. In fact, the MR-1000 doesn't have an 1/8th jack on it at all.
  9. DonnyWright

    DonnyWright Guest

    my bad, got em confused
  10. Greener

    Greener Guest

    "it's well known that the 'High Gain' switch on the back of the MR-1000 produces a lot of noise."


    I was totally looking at getting one.
  11. Codemonkey

    Codemonkey Distinguished Member

    Dec 11, 2007
    Scotland, UK
    "it's well known that the 'High Gain' switch on the back of the MR-1000 produces a lot of noise."

    You know what to do then?
    Don't change the switch.

    Repeat after me (if you want):
    It is common knowledge that the electronics within the unit become noisy when the high gain feature has been activated. The switch is merely a way to activate this extra gain and does not produce electrical noise in it's own right.

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