Did you try many other models before getting this one?
- MD I owned, at least 2 if not 3, then an R11 that was a joke! and 2 Audiotrack II which I still have a copy online that I use my mixer output Yam MG 124 CX. (sound of drums in jazz).
What is so special that you like best?
- The one that made me fall for this unit. A true spatial and spatial localization of sounds in stereo, which is not the case with all recorders of the type R11 or Audiotrack II pickups equipped with "T" and furthermore "omni" which offer only a stereo image very rough and fuzzy.
- The microphone sensitivity of its already low level. Temptation to position "Hight" practice of the macro.
- Its ergonomics (the simplicity of its menu and layout of its controls).
- The initial settings are very easy (just move the menus one after another) by the dedicated button (menu). It is true that we know what a WAV or MP3, low cut or high pass and other basic skills.
- I did not personally looked at the settings of the most advanced gadgets like audio (looping between A / B, moving files, etc. ...), I make computer manipulations.
- To the sound of voices and percussion, the sound is excellent (Taking djembe drums and amazing). Please do not overdriven (audible through the creation of sibilance on "SSS" when you tickle the limiter). I always take the -12 dB reference level up which leaves me so 12 dB of margin before the coming into office on modulation limiter that I always left switched on. This kind of margin avoids pumping modulation of this type of limiting device modulation.
- The level of background noise (blast) is practically insignificant even when listening through headphones (my reference, JVC HA D990, very good headphone that is not marketed for years). It is true that I am 65 years old and therefore an ear at this age but still a "listening" very honed by nearly 50 years of practice beyond its taking.
- The 8 GB internal spare us almost from the use of an SD card.
- Regarding the battery life (battery), I expect to see.
What is so special that you like least?
- A real problem with wind microphones. The slightest breath or any plosive is unbearable even with the low cut engaged and the original windscreen wind up. So much so that I am seriously considering giving me the Win Jammer proposed (windscreen wind normally very effective but expensive!).
- But at first I realized after 10 minutes of sewing, a windscreen wind hairs quite effective (See attached photo and my opinion on Audiotrack II). Cost and completion time for maximum efficiency negligible (keep the foam eyecups below)). You can also go for a ride on the following link:
- I would have preferred a recording volume controlled by two buttons (+) and (-) (as on many machines of this type even if it may be other pitfalls of one) because then, once the machine "locked" (hold) recording example, the level is not likely to go awry in contact inside a pocket or inside a bag).
- Another advantage of a setting as possible (+-), on Audiotrack to combine 3 functions display on peakmeters. On it, not telling display the modulation level and effective peak, it displays the "virtual position" of the "button" recording volume, which is very convenient and well that simplifies and optimizes the settings pre levels.
- There are ways to raise the position of the recording level on the LS 11 but the numbers on the adjustment knob is tiny and almost illegible without glasses especially for a man or woman over 40 years.
What is your opinion about the value for the price?
- Really not bad. With proper protection of the microphones is really, I think, a good tool goes everywhere.
Knowing what you know now, would you make the same choice? ...
- Yes, unless I do not find a wonder performance and usability even better and cheaper? Who knows ...