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Recording gear - opinions wanted

Discussion in 'Useful resources' started by techneut, Dec 6, 2010.

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How much better does the Tascam sound

  1. It wins hands down

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  2. It sounds much better

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  3. It sounds a bit better

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  4. Not much difference

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  5. Prefer the Edirol

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  1. techneut

    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    I borrowed a friend's new Tascam DR-2d recorder to see if it would be a step up from the Edirol R-1. Today I recorded the
    same piece with both recorders simultaneously, and applied the same editing and postprocessing. I'd be very interested to know
    how much better you think the Tascam recording sounds. For convenience I've added a poll (but verbal comments are much
    appreciated).

    Recorded with Edirol R1(2:46)
    Recorded with Tascam DR-1 (2:47)
     
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    The difference was like night and day to my ears. Vote cast for Tascam
     
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    The Tascam has a fuller and better focused sound. Good option!
    By the way, what is this piece?
     
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    techneut Active Member Piano Society Artist

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    Thanks Eddy. I though so too. Just needed it confirmed, in case it was wishful thinking :)

    Thanks Didier, I was awaiting your opinion particularly. In fact I've already ordered on of these.
    Cute piece, eh 8)
    Maybe we can make this a 'guess the composer' game, some people like games :D
     
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    Ok, I don't have the slightest idea what this music is, so I confered with my SoundHound. It thinks it is "Raum 1 Variation [Kit Clayton]". This means nothing to me. Is this on the right track or out in left field?
     
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    Haha cool. I'd never heard of this song or author, so I googled it up, found it here http://www.discogs.com/Pole-R/release/22798 and it doesn't even sound remotely like it. So much for SoundHound ! But I bet it can recognize Fur Elise :p

    It will be fun having people guess a bit more. I bet Alfonso would know but he's not here much anymore.
     
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    Ok, you might as well enjoy yourself at my expense :D I will ante-up with: A.) it sounds like it could be from a film score, B.) It sounds to me like it may be a French composer. Go ahead, laugh away!
     
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    B) is not so far-fetched. Although it's not true, a certain French connection exists.
    It's got nothing to do with film though.
     
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    I don't recognise the piece, but it makes me think of Prokofiev in one of his more whimsical moods. Have you kept us in suspense long enough yet?
     
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    Ah yes, probably :D
    It's the first piece of Marc-Andre Hamelin's set Con Intimissimo Sentimento. I recently posted the first 3 of them officially, see
    viewtopic.php?f=20&t=4609
     
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    Hi Chris,

    I liked the Tascam playback the first time you made the switch. It has a more free and natural sound than the Edirol which is more boxy in character.

    David
     
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    Thanks David. This is my impression too. The only thing is that it seems to expose a certain fortepiano-like sound from my grand, which I have yet got to get used to. Maybe that distinctive character has always been obscured by the somewhat muffled Edirol sound. It would also help if the
    instrument was in tune, but it's slightly slipped yet again. The very cold waether doesn't help of course.
     
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    Hi Chris,

    Yes, the Tascam does bring out more the character of the venerable Gaveau. The revision restored the piano nicely, but inherently the piano will retain its trademark sound which, of course, is different from a more recent model grand piano. That's why Bach sounds so good on it I think. The Tascam does not color the sound at all, rather it's more neutral and natural, which in my opinion is a very good quality. That's exactly why I purchased the Earthworks mics, given the reality of the sound as if the listener were in the room during the recording session. (The tabletop model of the Tascam would have been my second choice after the Korg MR-1000. They make fine products.) I think I'll all grow on you, so I'd stick with it.

    David
     
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    Thnaks again for your advice David, it's appreciated. Yes I'll get used to it, if I now listen to Edirol recordings I find them way too muffled.
     

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