iriver mp3 recorder?

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  1. tedm

    tedm Gold Supporting Member

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    anyone try a pocket iriver mp3 player ifp-799 or ifp-899 for quick and dirty line-in recoridngs??
     
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    I've got a iHP140 jukebox that I've recorded a live gig to from a board mix. It sounds pretty good. For quick and dirty recordings of gigs or practices it's ideal.

    Chris
     
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    I just picked up an 895 and will be trying out the line-in recording soon.

     
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    how does the 895 record? Does it have a mic preamp or is it line level? 1/8th inch stereo jack?
     
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    for voice it's pretty good, you can set the samp freq. and mp3 bit rates.

    I haven't tried the line-in yet, it does use a 1/8" stereo mini plug for line in, and apparently has a built-in mic preamp as you can select line level from the external line-in, or external mic. I plan to use the line level in at the 192 or 256kbps 44.1khz rate for testing.

    I plan to hook up to a mixer in the studio this week or next.

    One caveot is that it doesn't easily allow you to transfer back the encoded mp3s to your PC, well you have to use the bundled software, it's not like other mp3 players where the whole filesystem just shows up via USB UMS. But as long as you're uploading to just one PC and have their SW loaded it's fine, but it doesn't double as a portable storage device like a lot of other mp3 players out there do.
     
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    I just started a new thread about the Edirol R1...Any comments on that unit?
     
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    I'd love to know what you think of the unit, especially how it does with 24-bit wav's.

    Here's some stuff I did with the iriver 895 line-in through a tweed deluxe into THD hotplate, line out to cab sim, into mixer, line outs of mixer into 1/8" line-in of iriver direct to mono 44.1 96kbps mp3 (future stuff will probably be stereo 128kbps):

    http://www.podcastalley.com/podcast_details.php?pod_id=4658

    (listen to podcast #7)


     
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    Hi Ted,

    I'm not interested in the iriver ever since I found out that the internal mic is crappy and that you can't adjust the input levels while recording.
     
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    Jack,
    You're absolutely right, the inability to adjust input levels on the fly is a PITA on the iriver. Though there are 3rd party gizmos that sit in-between the iriver and an external mic, which the iriver supports (yes built in mic, external mic, and line levels!)

    However, there's no comparison with this for music with any unit like the Edirol that does 24-bit, or even Marantz or Creative Nomad Jukebox 3.

    However, for the money (< $100), and for portable mp3s use only, line-in is not too bad. take a listen.

     
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    Supposedly the marantz is flawed by having a noisy mic preamp. Both the 660 and 670 suffer from the same preamp.
     

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