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[#] Mon Apr 02 2012 09:57:47 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I decided to order the Samson Meteor Mic [http://goo.gl/Bgyns]. It should be arriving within the next couple of days and I'll post an audio sample after I've had a chance to play with it for a little while.

I'm pretty happy with the sound samples I've listened to on the 'net, and in addition to the USB port it also has an analog output for "no latency monitoring" -- I figure if I ever want to use it on my analog board I can just attach to it there.

[#] Mon Apr 02 2012 21:03:54 EDT from wizard of aahz @ Uncensored

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I heartily approve that mic

[#] Tue Apr 03 2012 17:14:51 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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I agree about the quality issues. Unless you've got a really good sound card, you may not be getting the best ADC components.

XLR, or more to the point, balanced audio signals, are definitely a must for profressional setups, but is a PITA when having to integrate professional and consumer gear.

I was looking for an external electronic crossover for my home stereo system.
Most of my searches ended up falling into one of three categories.

1. Passive crossover units for car audio.
2. Professional-level electronic crossovers for PA systems or concert venues.
3. Audiophile-level electronic crossovers.

I clearly wasn't interested in anything from the first category. The third category carries a huge price mark-up. That's left me with the professional gear. However, most of that gear uses balanced audio, either using XLR or TRS (tip-ring-sleeve) connetors. My home stereo gear uses unbalanced RCA connectins. It was relatively easy to find cheap XLR-to-RCA or TRS-to-RCA adapters, but everything I had read said that the signal levels are different between balanced and unbalanced audio. That would mean additional eletronics to convert back and forth.

I did finally find a crossover unit that has unbalanced RCA connections.
Just need to save up some $$$'s now.
XLR Binder

[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 13:16:41 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Well sure, if you want to go XLR and have lots of $$$ to throw around ... there's nothing quite like the high-end gear. If money were no object I would have bought something like an Electro-Voice RE-20, the mic that could make pretty much anyone sound like a radio announcer.

The nice thing about USB mics is that the ADC is integrated, and presumably well matched to the job it has to do. Bypassing the cheap ADC found in a typical laptop or desktop computer is a big win..

Spell what are you doing with an electronic crossover? Are you looking to send different frequency ranges to different amplifiers?

[#] Wed Apr 04 2012 16:35:07 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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That's exactly what I'm looking to do.

The speakers I have, a pair of A/D/S L2030B's (see http://tinyurl.com/cgm8jfu for specs and pictures), are designed so they can be bi-amplified. A switch on the back disables part of the internal crossover, allowing the woofers to be driven directly. The mid-range and tweeters are still behind the internal crossover.

The idea is that by limiting the frequency range the amplifiers have to deal with, clipping due to transients will be less likely, distortion can be reduced, and a few other benefits. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bi-amping has some more info.
Spell Bi-amp-der

[#] Sat Apr 07 2012 00:37:56 EDT from the8088er @ Uncensored

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People are saying nice things about the Samson Go Mic ($35) and the
sample recordings I've heard on the Internet actually sound pretty
good, but it's a *small* mic. Does anyone know of any real winners in

the under $50 space?

I know I'm a little late, but I own the GoMic and it's really, really good for the price. I had to take the little hex screw out that holds the Mic in place tho and put some paper in front of it to more securely keep the mic from moving though.

[#] Mon Apr 09 2012 22:29:09 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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As promised, here is a demo of the Samson Meteor Mic which I recorded tonight.

(And if anyone has the right contacts for me to get into the voice work biz, I'd love to do that...)



meteor_mic_demo.mp3 (audio/mp3, 3029241 bytes) [ View | Download ]
[#] Wed Apr 11 2012 17:43:41 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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I am copying all my cd's of mp3s to my huge hard drive so I can copy them to DVD.

[#] Wed Apr 11 2012 21:44:09 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Why don't you convert them to the lossless FLAC?
http://flac.sourceforge.net/

Better sound quality.

[#] Wed Apr 11 2012 22:45:39 EDT from dothebart @ Uncensored

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Wed Apr 11 2012 21:44:09 EDT from zooer
Why don't you convert them to the lossless FLAC?
http://flac.sourceforge.net/

Better sound quality.

rethink your statement.

recoding always is a loss of quality. whether or not the new format might be capable of better quality.



[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 14:02:06 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Okay, I have rethought it, why not use FLAC? It has been around since 2001 and is lossless compression method. You could always record
a song using MP3 and FLAC and compare it yourself.

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 14:19:25 EDT from kinetix @ Uncensored

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I suspect the sentiment in the suggestion was probably to go from cd to FLAC rather than cd to mp3, which should produce better quality. Recoding from mp3 is certainly a bad idea.

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 15:31:54 EDT from Spell Binder @ Uncensored

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<nitpick>Converting from MP3 isn't necessarily a bad idea if the bitrate for the encoded audio is high enough. I vaguely remember hearing that most people can't tell the difference between CD-quality audio and a 192 Kbps MP3.</nitpick>

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 15:32:10 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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You are assuming that he still has the original source CD's.

[#] Thu Apr 12 2012 16:40:35 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I did misread what he wrote. He said "CDs of MP3s", I thought it was CDs to MP3.

[#] Fri Apr 13 2012 23:08:40 EDT from kinetix @ Uncensored

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SpellBinder: Nah, never ever re-encode from a lossy format. I don't care if it was encoded CBR at 512kbit. It's called 'lossy' for a reason. You could do it, if you don't care about the quality of the audio... but some of us will hear the artifacts without a doubt.

[#] Mon Apr 16 2012 16:20:52 EDT from Ford II @ Uncensored

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Apr 13 2012 11:08pm from kinetix @uncnsrd
SpellBinder: Nah, never ever re-encode from a lossy format. I don't
care if it was encoded CBR at 512kbit. It's called 'lossy' for a
reason. You could do it, if you don't care about the quality of the
audio... but some of us will hear the artifacts without a doubt.




That's funny. With the exception of zooer who recanted, everybody misunderstood me in one way or another.
I meant pretty much what I said.
I have CDs filled with mp3s, (none of which by the way were sampled from my own CDs) so I did no converting to mp3, I did no sampling of CDs, I did no converting FROM mp3 to anything else.
All I did was take a whole lotta CDs with an iso9660 filesystem of mp3s and copy them to a hard drive. When they're all there, I'm going to reburn those same mp3s to DVDs so I'll need less of them.

As for "care about the quality" I have had a lucky life.
I listen to music in my car and in a room with a few loud computer fans. I never am anywhere quiet enough to really appreciate quality of sound coming from a lossy compression scheme.
The vast majority of the time I can't even hear the radio over the wind noise in my car because I always have the windows open somewhat.
I used to have a stereo that could play crystal clear over the wind noise it was so loud, but I'm too old and it's too loud and I want to save what hearing I have left.
so crappy quality is fine by me.

And in fact there are plenty of cases where a slowed down song or an oversaturated tape actually made the song more enjoyable to listen to.

[#] Fri May 04 2012 13:00:02 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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There's something to be said for that. Scott Ian (of Anthrax) used to review their studio mixes in his car because he wanted to hear how the music "would really sound" without the aid of a perfectly tuned studio sound system.

[#] Fri May 04 2012 13:30:21 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Did he drive a 1997 Honda Accord like all his fans?

[#] Fri May 04 2012 14:21:39 EDT from the_mgt @ Uncensored

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Analog media have/had the benefit of more enjoyable errors! A tape slowly degrading is something you only really notice when it is far too late, a CD degrades digitally. Either it sounds good or is annoying as hell.

Same has to be said about CRT vs modern video displays. My old CRT TV which we had to replace because we got some big lcd had a really brilliant display, DVDs looked astonishing, even DVB-S looked really good across all channels. The new TV is a perfect noise amplifier, budget DVDs look butt ugly, even my special edition of Baraka looks crappy. Same with DVB-S, only some TV stations really look proper. Contrast or color hue differences are far more visible :(

Now I need to upgrade DVD to BD and the sat receiver to something with hdmi out, too...

I also had to buy a compenent cable for the Wii because rgb via scart isnt progressive, although it could be, technically. Damn you americans with your crappy YUV stuff!!!!



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