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#1 Nick Norton

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Posted 03 June 2007 - 02:10 PM

I'm a beginner in every aspect of film, but in sound i am a lost cause.

All i want is a device to record audio, running no cables to the camera to do so.

I plan on using a audio-technica AT835b line+gradient mic (any comments/opinions?)

My price range is low, and my ambition for perfect sound quality does not exist.

I also have no desire to get a digital recorder. (i figure older, analog devices will be cheaper.)

So what should i be looking for?

I'm thinking of a tape-recorder but i would like it to have XLR inputs. is there any tape-recorder i could use that could record decent audio. and also, how important is the recorder compared to the mic you are using?

I would really like to find something comparable to what i saw used on the documentary American Movie. all i know is that the boom operator had the device strapped around her shoulder and it used casette tapes and had what looked like to me xlr inputs.

Any ideas?

Thanks.
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#2 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 04 June 2007 - 02:39 AM

Well most people are going digital now, Fostex, some still use DATs but there are a few dinosaurs like myself that have Nagras. They go for a grand and under to around 300 so it you want to go old school with an analog reel to reel tape recorder, Nagra is the standard.
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