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Old 13th April 2019
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Small recorder instead of lav / zero cables

I've been trying to find a small recorder, which you can clip to a shirt like a lavaliere. Cables are my enemy. Besides all the "spy-mic-in-a-pen" junk, I didn't find anything like that.

I've seen the new RODE Wireless GO, which looks perfect, except it doesn't actually record, just transmits. If the mic part of the system would record to a micro SD, I don't need the receiver at all.

On the other hand Zaxcom can record, but doesn't have a built-in mic. And the price is an issue.

Can you recommend such gear to a noob, please?
Old 13th April 2019
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Old 13th April 2019
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Tascam DR-10L? Just tape the supplied lav to the recorder. Or of you want real quality, the Lectrosonics PDR and a DPA. The Tascam's around £175, all included, the Lectro around £750 and provide your own mic, like a DPA 4060, or the new 6060. Same procedure, tape the mic to the recorder.

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Old 18th April 2019
Yeah I'd just get a Tascam DR10L, as cables are not really that evil!
Old 4 weeks ago
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When the Nagra SN came out in the late 60s it was regarded by some as a radio mic substitute
Radios were feeble analog devices then
Just mic the subject with an SN and let the editor sort it out
The first attempt failed dismally, Spike Milligan a famous absurdist comedian was chosen for a film profile
His lines were never covered, everybody else was, however the editor neglected to lay Spikes lines in, he was forever 'off mic'
Nobody ever did it again.
Old 4 weeks ago
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Not entirely zero cables but almost zero size and weight:


You could attach a DPA4060 with just one inch of cable to it.
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I successfully used Nagra SN recorders as lav mic recorders where wireless mics would not work way back in the day. While small, an SN is still much bigger than a wireless transmitter, so hiding it on the actor was a challenge. But it did enable us to shoot pretty cool long-running, wide ranging scenes through a very RF unfriendly environment (especially for 1970s era wireless gear) and get away with it. Ditto for use in driveaway car rigs and so on. There are now a few models of wireless transmitters that can also record a TC stamped file onboard, Zaxcom, Audio Limited, and Lectro have these, as well as versions that are recorders-only. I've had very good (and cheap) luck with the small Tascam recorders, most recently on quick drive-away scenes. I was able to just swap in the Tascam for the talent's wireless transmitter using the same lav mic he already had on, set a level and off they went.
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