Recently, I was awarded a grant to purchase some audio equipment for a series of interviews I’m working on. I’ve got about $4000 to spend, and I need to be able to conduct interviews with as many as for subjects (plus me) on location at conferences or via Google+ Hangouts. There’s a lot of thinking that has to go into this, and I’m still working out my equipment needs. I’m really trying to resist the urge to purchase all the equipment at once. I just think it would be smarter to put together a plan and then see how each bit of equipment works before I purchase four of them at once.
My first piece of purchased equipment is the Sony PCM-M10 portable audio recorder.
I’m going to write a review of this unit later, but for now, I wanted to put it to use with a variety of microphones to see how it sounded. (Also, a good friend of mine is thinking about purchasing a portable audio recorder, and I wanted to let him know how this one sounds.)
There’s nothing very scientific about these recordings. I simply unboxed the recorder, loaded the AA batteries into the compartment, turned it on, and started testing. I should also note that each of these microphones connects to the unit via an XLR cable, so I also had to purchase a Hosa Hosa Line Match cable (see link below).
I’ve provided pictures and links to each of the pieces of equipment I’m using. (disclaimer.) I hope you find the tests helpful. Please feel free to contact me via twitter (@trauman) if you have any questions or suggestions.
Shure SM58 mic into the SonyPCM-M10, recording level low
Shure SM58 mic into the SonyPCM-M10, recording level high
Rode Procaster mic into the Sony PCM-M10, recording level high
Rode NTG-2 mic into the Sony PCM-M10, recording level high
Audio-Technica ATR2100 mic into the Sony PCM-M10, recording level low
Audio-Technica ATR2100 mic into the Sony PCM-M10, recording level high
Sony PCM-M10 recording with the on-board mics, mic sensitivity low
Sony PCM-M10 recording with the on-board mics, mic sensitivity high
(I wrote the grant in order to fund a series of interviews about the future of digital academic publication practices and is funded by the Columbia College Chicago Center for Innovation in Teaching Excellent (CITE) for Full-time faculty development.)
(Disclaimer: The links I’ve provided to product descriptions on Amazon are affiliate links. That means if you click through and purchase something via one of those links, my Amazon account gets a very small percentage. Any money I earn from these affiliate links goes directly to the expense of hosting this site. Any extra money (long shot) would go toward purchasing more equipment for review, for use in my classroom, for use in my scholarship, and for my colleagues to use in their own classrooms and projects. Every little bit helps. Obviously, you should always fully consider and research any equipment or book purchase you make. I hope this site helps.)