Record to MP3 from an Audio Mixer to a personal recorder


In this segment we going to look at how we
can connect a personal mp3 recorder directly to an audio mixer. How many times have you done a recording with
one of these little personal mp3 recorders and been really disappointed
with the quality of the recording? People sneezing, coughing, maybe talking in the
background, that makes it very difficult to listen to the recording doesn’t it. Well you can directly connect one of
these recorders to a mixer output with a simple lead. The lead that I’m going to use is a twin RCA lead to a 3.5 millimetre stereo phono jack. There’s a couple other things that we need to
look at before we get too excited about it but let’s look at how we can connect this together. On the mixer there’s a section called ‘record out’ and ‘tape in’. So select the ‘record out’ and plug your RCA leads
into that. Now the 3.5 millimetre stereo phono jack goes into the microphone input on your little mp3 recorder. Now here’s the trick Go into your menu option on your mp3 recorder, and make sure that you
select the ‘audio in’ or ‘line in’ function. So, on this one I select ‘menu’ I go down on the first section and I select ‘input’ and I’ve got two options,
one is ‘microphone in’ and one’s ‘audio in’. ‘Audio in’ is designed for not just simply a condenser microphone
being plugged into that microphone input but higher level signals like this RCA ‘line out’ because it’s about 300 to 500 millivolts, so it’s a lot more then the level coming
from a standard microphone. so we select ‘audio in’ and now we can go
ahead and set up the sound system and do a test recording. Make your recording, then listen very
carefully to it to make sure that there’s no distortion. If there is distortion, you’re going to have
to do something about reducing the level going into the mp3 recorder. Now on this device, this little Sony, you have the option of selecting ‘mic sensitivity’. If there is still distortion after you select ‘audio in’, you would
have to put that on to the lowest setting. If the level is too low, you’re going to have to
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