Coming up with a portable Court Recording Solution

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by hamish, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. hamish

    hamish Guest

    Hey there guys and girls,
    I've just started working at a company that records court proceedings to tape and then transcribes it. At the moment, the gear is pretty damn old- their portable recording kit consists of 5 Shure SM62 mics, a nondescript inbuilt pre-amp/mixer combo, 2 tape walkmans and a marantz half speed master tape (CP430). My job is a varied one- I am research and development for a move towards digital streamlined recording. Part of this involves cleaning up audio to make it more audible for the transcribers. I have been cutting rather severely in the bottom end upto 250Hz and cutting the top end from 15kHz onwards. This has got rid of most of the air con rumble, hum etc.
    Having lurked here long enough, and been on the music side of things for a bit, I've been thinking a lot about signal chains and gain staging- everything I've picked up points to a clear signal path.
    Has anyone got any ideas for gear in a portable recording kit to get a good sound (cost effective) and also make the transfer to digital easier? I was thinking of using a small Yamaha MG 10/2 to get the signal mixed , then sending that to a Marantz CDR300 where its recorded. Does this make sense? ANyone have any experience in this field?
    I am sure I may ask for more help in the coming weeks, but I was wondering , with this many smart people around, if anyone had encountered things like this before?
    Cheers guys, Hamish
  2. ghellquist

    ghellquist Member

    May 25, 2004
    Why not go to this place,

    it is a forum dedicated to "tapers", that is people taping concerts using portable equipment. You are bound to find a lot of pointers to various types of equipment there.

    In the meantime, you might look at equipment such as Edirol R1 or R4 as examples.

  3. redrabbit

    redrabbit Active Member

    Apr 24, 2004
    Several Marantz units PMD660, 670, 671 use CF cards as media. The optional software is used, and liked by Court Reporters, Law Enforcment. ....because of it's "marker" function.


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