Help! Noisy Tascam DR-07mkii (sample inside)
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10th September 2013
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Help! Noisy Tascam DR-07mkii (sample inside)

Just picked up a Tascam DR-07mkii to do some field interviews with. During a test run I picked up a lot of interference, even after turning off my cellphone/wi-fi/electronics. I went for a walk around the (quite suburban) block to test it and though the noise was less at times, it was still very active, modulating depending on which direction I turned. I've tried different batteries (alk and NiMH) different cards etc. Any idea? Got a recording gig in a few days, thought this puppy would be reliable enough to do the job, but maybe this is a bad unit? Thanks for your help in advance guys!

Here is a sample just recording some open guitar strings, noise very prevalent but this is about average for what i've been recording around my house/block.


https://soundcloud.com/kiefhernandez...i-test/s-2Gy1O
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11th September 2013
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It sounds like the machine's self noise and could be defective. I would experiment using an external mic and line input to determine which stage is causing it. I know they are not too expensive, but I would guess that it should sound better than that! Also, make sure you're recording at an uncompressed wave file setting and not making an MP3. Maybe check mic sensitivity settings. A -20 db pad on the mic and the gain pushed up will result in poor signal to noise ratio like you're getting.
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bought another unit to test. Seems like the RF interference is isolated to my block alone so far! Everywhere else I test the device it's quiet and smooth and then as soon as i turn on my block I get the static. I guess I just live next to the hidden alien transmitters either way hope there aren't any close to my shoot!
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