Which Minidisc and mic?

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Paul Duxfield
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Hi all
Would like to buy a portable MD and Mic to record gigs.Would plugging the Minidisc into the desk be feasible and I think I would need a recorder with recording level control? I am also considering using a camera (Sony TRV900) on a tripod with a microphone raised above audience level to record straight stage shot and sound recorded onto 900, I dont have a lot of money to spare and was looking at the Sennheiser MKE300d.
Question is, the microphone, can I raise it above the general audience level with some sort of an extension? would the sound be ok? typical environment would be small venues, noisy rock and punk bands.
I will be using a second camera handheld, for close ups.
Any suggestions on makes an model nos of MD recorders or alternative Microphone options?
Am new to all this having spent most of my time filming underwater, where the only sound recorded is your own sometimes laboured breathing!

mooblie
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Have a look at this thread, Paul.

Martin - DVdoctor in moderation. Everyone is entitled to my opinion.

Paul Duxfield
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Thanks Mooblie
I was wondering where Tandy had got to "T2 Retail?" you say I will look for their site now.
May as well just try the onboard mic for now and see how I go.
Bye

mooblie
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I found the on-board mics were quite good for discos, whereas the MKE300 was clipping.

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Z Cheema
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I had a minidisk, which thanks to a customer packed up. I have now found an MP3 recorder that is up to the job, it is line i-nput only. I have a Mic 2 Line box for microphones as well. http://www.advancedmp3players.co.uk/shopping/pages/buymt500.html

Z Cheema
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I would take a feed from the mixing desk and just use the camera mic's for ambient crowd noise, then mix the two audio tracks on the edit desk. Most venues are noisy affirs and wth the reverb in the room the sound can be quite naff on the camera mic's.

John Willett at Home
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quote:Originally posted by Z Cheema:
I would take a feed from the mixing desk and just use the camera mic's for ambient crowd noise...

Yup - this is what I would normally recommend.

If the PA mix is right you should get a good sound + the microphone for ambiance.

The ambiance microphone should ideally be stereo and off-camera or the stereo image will change as you move the camera and sound horrible.

John