Today we had a technical workshop learning about the various different sound recorders our university uses for the radio program.
The main equipment we focused on was the Marantz PMD671 sound recorder, so i thought I might make myself a little more acquainted with this complex device.
The box is quite bulky, weighs 1.3 kilograms and definitely looks like something out of the 80’s, could be looked at as a vintage fashion accessory.
Here is a list of it’s features:
- 24-bit, 96 kHz PCM capable
- “Virtual Third Head” for confidence
- Read-after-write capability
- Records uncompressed 16 and 24 bit
PCM .wav files
- Two XLR mic connections with +48v
- RCA line I/O
- Built-in monitor speaker
- MP3, MP2, WAV, BWF Format Compatible
- Silent Skip feature (pauses recording on silence and resumes recording on sensing sound)
The trick when recording sound is to have the sound monitor read between -12 and 0 decibels based on the input coming from the plug in mic. Another great feature is it’s capability to become a hard drive with easily transferable material onto your computer for listening and editing.
Although it is an old school machine the durability and accuracy makes it a very reliable one. I look forward to experimenting with it until I feel comfortable to use the Marantz to the best of it’s ability.