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1/25/15

TASCAM DR-40 vs. OLYMPUS DIGITAL VOICE RECORDER

WORK TAPES

If you don't already, you may want to consider using a digital pocket recorder for making work tapes of your songs. Although I am a fan of the digital recorders made today,  they are not created equally. So, be prepared to try a few different models until you find the one that meets your needs.
trenton blizzard tascam DR-40

TASCAM DR-40

I originally purchased the DR-40 because I thought having multi-tracking capabilities would be beneficial. I also thought that recording in stereo would be cool as well. Although I ended up not using the multi-tracking feature, it will allow you to layer your song parts if you desire.


DR-40 MEMORY

The DR-40 has removable SD memory which is a cool feature. It really speeds up data transfer to your computer.

trenton blizzard tascam dr-40 speaker

DR-40 SOUND

The stereo recorded sound is very clean. A little too clean for my taste.The speaker is located on the bottom.  So, to get your playback sound very loud you need to turn the unit over.  

trenton blizzard tascam dr-40 display

DR-40 EFFECTS

The built in effects could be really handy if you don't have any other means of adding reverb.
The effects are quite acceptable for what they are. Just don't expect Bricasti type reverb sound.


OLYMPUS DP-10

I originally purchased the DP-10 because it was the cheapest digital pocket recorder at the store I was in. Also, the simple controls reminded me of the micro-cassette recorders I was using at the time.

DP-10 OPERATION

It doesn't get any easier than the controls on the DP-10. Play, Stop, Record, Next / Fast-Forward,   and Previous / Rewind. You can select microphone "sensitivity" to help get an overdrive sound when playing back through the speaker. It also usually helps to have the "noise cancelling" set to OFF for a nice "edgy sound".

The way this little machine distorts through the speaker is simply amazing. Playback is pretty clean when sending audio out the 1/8" jack. But, it's not even close to the DR-40.  And forget about removable memory because there isn't any. You have to transfer the files the old fashion way.

CONCLUSION

Although I use the Olympus DP-10 pocket recorder for recording my daily work tapes, you may prefer the DR-40 or something similar. In the end, I recommend you find a recorder that not only meets your budget, but also inspires you to record your music.

Thanks for reading,
Trenton

1/9/15

19" Rack Enclosure

FIRST LOOK - CUSTOM RACK ENCLOSURE

One challenging aspect of DIY pro audio gear is metal fabrication. Although very basic 19" rack enclosures are available from online retailers, I have never been satisfied with many of the designs. So, to solve this issue, I decided to design my own rack enclosure.

FRONT VIEW

 trenton-blizzard-19"-rack-enclosure


At this time, my 2U rack case is 12" deep and made of steel. The front panel is made of aluminum and incorporates two removable aluminum panels.  The top lid is vented so vacuum tube designs can stay relatively cool. The back panel also includes two aluminum panels, both of which can be removed.

Revision "B" will include a grid of holes on the bottom for mounting PCB's. I might add some holes on the sides as well for mounting power supplies or power transformers.

REAR VIEW

trenton-blizzard-19"-rack-enclosure

Once I figure things out I will get them powder coated so they look better. I'm not sure if I want to anodize the aluminum or have it powder coated as well. I will probably do both to check out how it looks.

My next step is to build up a couple circuits and see how well they actually work.
So, please stay tuned.


Thanks again,
Trenton