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Newbie Questions: Sony PCM-M10

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by foundsound, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. foundsound

    foundsound Guest

    Hello all - brand new here. I'm interested in making found sound recordings and picked up this Sony portable recorder. I'm still getting to know it, but have a basic question: will the on-board limiter actually adjust the incoming signal, or will it apply a post-recording filter to the wav file? I may be missing something fundamental to how these things work, but it'll take forever to learn if I don't ask stupid questions now and then! Thanks in advance.

    The other question I already know is annoying, given the huge amount of existing threads here and elsewhere on the topic (which I am currently sifting through, but could use fresh input), but what is a decent set of headphones for recording and mixing that costs less than say $75? Is there such a thing? Sorry...
  2. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Nov 23, 2008
    Rainy Roads WA USA
    I'm sure the manual would explain the limiter setup, but typically it would be something that would limit the incoming signal as it's being recorded to prevent a signal overload....that way you won't be recording a distorted sound. Not sure if that is an automatic feature but for something like a handheld portable recorder with built in mics and Sony's reputation for automating features I would say it sets the limit based on sensing the signal level coming from the microphone.
    As far as headphones if you want closed type the Sony 7506 or 7509 headphones would be a perfect choice with that recorder....
  3. foundsound

    foundsound Guest

    Thanks! I just read while researching this that using an on-board limiter like this can result in hole where clipping may have occurred. I'm going to try just recording at 24bit (as I would be doing anyway) and setting the level lower.

    I'm also looking at, for mixing headphones, the Sony mentioned above, as well as the Senn HD280s, and the AKG K240s. For actual recording, I'll stick with my cheap Ipod earbuds, since they are totally inconspicuous.

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