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Dissable it's own condensers

I'm trying to record via mics into the multiplugs but I continue to get signal from the machine's own condensers, How do I shut them off?

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Well is the mic / mics close to the machine, if it is then it is picking up its own radio waves which will make a loud unwanted sound...

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Terrible sound when recording music in XQ


Hiya marco1ca...The recording qualities and characteristics of your Digital Voice Recorder is designed and optimally calibrated for Audible (voice) recording. Essentially, recording of sounds with peak levels that exceed a conference room of 20 or so people speaking at moderate levels will completely overun the sensitivity and be over-modulated both during recording, and during playback, as in your experience, producing unrecognizable audio. Although it supports and plays Audio files such as mp3 and WAV with ample quality, while doing so, it is only functioning as a player and not a recorder. If you would like to continue to use your Digital Voice Recorder to record live music, execution of the following Setting changes will provide you with the "best" you can get, albeit, you will still not be pleased with the recording. Our objective is to cancel as much sensitivity of your recorder, both aurally and electronically by removing and retarding all features that promote sensitivity. 1) Remove the Stereo Microphone Unit, and record using the built-in Monoraul Microphone. As you can obviously see, the individual Stereo Microphones are very close together. The method that your DvR uses to achieve stereo separation is by increasing the directional sensitivity of these microphones individually. 2) Change your recording mode from your present setting of ST XQ, to SP by; a)pressing and holding the Menu Button for 2 seconds, or until "Rec Mode" is displayed. b)press OK to enter setup. c)press either + or - until SP is displayed. d)press ok to save your change from ST XQ to SP. "SP" mode does not incur any electronic enhancement or proccessing from your recorder. 3) If applicable, change your Microphone Sensitivity Setting to "DICT" by sliding the Mic Sense Switch located on the left side of your recorder. "DICT" is the lowest sensitivity setting that your recorder can achieve. Finally, if in a secure environment, place your recorder MUCH further away. Sound is the movement of air. You are attempting to record a PERCUSSION band, which truly is the epitome of air movement creating sound. What you have been recording and hearing was not sound, but air which was digitally captured simply because there was not enough time for sound to materialize. If you would like to try an experiment to physically understand the process of sound, have someone stand in front of you and whistle a note, and ask the person to sustain the whistle while approaching you until their lips are as close to, without touching your ear. When that physical point is reached, you won't hear whistling, you will only hear air/wind. The closer you are to the source of the sound the more condensed, and electronic signal proccessing becomes overwhelmed, again, causing overmodulation and distortion. These steps are "all the resources that is available" for your specific recorder. Remember, it is a digital !VOICE! recorder, and there is no voice that is as loud, or that produces the dynamic wavelengths as a band playing. If you would still like more information regarding your Olympus DvR, their Technical Hotline Number is 1-888-553-4448. You can also email them at distec@olympus.com Please update your post on your progress and/or if you have any further questions.....good luck my friend...chris

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I need to record something with Dictaphone 3750 - I have no manual and there is just a Tel. Rec button. Help


If you press and hold the 'Conf' button, the machine will record using it's built-in mic (located on the right-hand side of the machine, closer to the front). It is probably recommended to get a microphone that plugs into the machine for better recording quality. Depending on what you're recording, you could get a handheld microphone or a telephone record adapter that plugs into your phone and the back of the 3750 (press and hold 'Tel Rec' to use that).

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How can i upload my recorded messages on the computer?


you chack yuor sound device mic or click start manu programs accessories entertainment sound recorder and record your voice if you are active record you are success or faliure then speaker proferties record select mic

Jul 17, 2009 | Sony ICD-B100 Digital Voice Recorder

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Foot pedal won't work with hands free microphone


The 3750 won't let you control the telephone record jack. The only way you can get a mic to work using the Tel Rec jack is by pressing and holding the 'Tel Rec' button for about 1 second. But this isn't compatible with the hands-free operation.

If you're looking to do hands-free recording, it uses the built-in conference mic. Press and hold the 'Conf Rec' button for about a second and it should start recording. This built-in mic is located on the right-hand side of the machine near the front by the headset jack.

If you want to control the machine via a foot control while in Conference Record mode, you'll have to change the 'Foot Control Dictate' setting in the menu. Here's how:

1) Press and hold the 'Erase' & 'Search' buttons for about 5 seconds until the menu appears.

2) Scroll through the options until you get to 'Foot Control Dictate' and set this to 'Yes'.

3) Press 'Stop' to exit the menu.

4) Press the 'Conf Rec' button to enter record mode.

Now you should be able to control the start/stop of the record function via the foot control.

Hope this helps...

Apr 13, 2009 | Dictaphone 3750 Desktop Cassette...

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Dictaphone 2740


More than likely then the drive belt is broken or the motor is bad.
If you press the reset button the 88.8 flashing should go to 00.0.
If you are sure the tape is good, there is also a switch at the rear of the cassette compartment to detect if the record prevention tab is missing from the cassette itself. If the tab is in the cassette, the switch could be dirty or out of adjustment.

Aug 14, 2008 | Dictaphone 2740 Desktop Cassette...

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Distortion when recording flute on cubase


K, 1st of all... Try listening to the files directly from the h4, before download to the nbook. No dist? Problem solved.
Otherwise, note the mics are really sensitive, even in low gain, any "wind" instrument, like your flute, my clarinet, or even the voice can generate distortion.
solutions:
1. You have a "monitor" mode in the h4, just check for it, easy to find. Then you can adjust details on the h4, as you play and listen the output.
2.check the distance you are playing from the mic, be generous with that, anyhow you can move higher the gain. :)
3. Don't play directly to the mic, as the air from your instrument may generate a noise that is not a note, but simply air coming through the mic.

Monitor through computer... I'm stucked trying to make it work with any recording program in Vista, don't know how to make the system rcognize the device.So, I can't help you, and by the way, do you know how to record in Windows??

Luck bro

Jun 17, 2008 | Zoom H4 Handy Recorder

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RCARP5022b


I attempted to open an audio file in my computer via the port on the recorder. it tried to open the file in Adobe Audition but could not read the file. Afterwards when I attempted to play the files on the recorder it would not register the files as a track exsisting on the machine. huh? wuh happened?

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Telephone recording


Yeah, um connect it to a phone in a room that is normally isolated from traffic. Not an ideal solution but as it is a machine and has only an external mic (it doesn't have an internal mic does it?) this is the only solution really, remove all noise except phone conversations.

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