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Sound Devices MP-1 -> Sony PCM-D50
Old 3rd July 2009
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Question Sound Devices MP-1 -> Sony PCM-D50

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I was thinking about purchasing the SD MP-1 preamp to connect to a Sony PCM-d50 via an XLR to 1/8" jack. I'm aware that the XLR-1/8" would be an unbalanced connection, but would this allow me to use 48V mic with it? Would this actually bypass the D50s preamps? Or am I better off just getting a cheaper 48V power source?
Old 3rd July 2009
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Originally Posted by JoeMoggy View Post
Please direct me to other sources if this has already been discussed

I was thinking about purchasing the SD MP-1 preamp to connect to a Sony PCM-d50 via an XLR to 1/8" jack. I'm aware that the XLR-1/8" would be an unbalanced connection, but would this allow me to use 48V mic with it? Would this actually bypass the D50s preamps? Or am I better off just getting a cheaper 48V power source?
it depends on what you are trying to do-

first- the MP1 is a one channel preamp- the Sony is 2 channels.
If you need a 2 channel preamp, I would suggest the SD Mixpre, or the Shure FP24- they are pretty much the same, and SOund Devices stuff is very good.
The Mixpre also has an unbalanced stereo 1/8" jack for its mix buss.

It also does 48v phantom and sounds very good.
Old 8th July 2009
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Great! Thanks for the reply. My experience with the MixPre have been great, though my only gripe is that for the price I might as well get a whole recorder with comparable quality(Like the Fostex FR2-LE) for the same price(vs. size, portability).

Does anyone have any speculation on how a MixPre would effect the noise level in higher bit/samplerate recordings? I've heard there isn't really a point of having rates like 24/96 in these kind of recorders, even with an external pre, for their lower frequency response(by using the 1/8" unbalanced line in) and higher levels of noise.

Thanks!
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