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Subject: Re: looking for mic recommendation

Re: looking for mic recommendation

From: Glenn Ervin at Home <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jun 2004 20:48:48 -0500

I have a cheap little mic that works great.
It is supposed to be used to amplify sounds from far far away, and it is
about the size of a match book, and about that shape. It uses a little
But it works quite well for recording.
It is called a cyber spy, and it is worth only about ten bucks or so, but I
like it.
If you amplify it to high, the sounds are higher pitch than normal, but if
you turn it down, or otherwise, turn down the gain on the Archos, sounds are
quite normal sounding.
I use a patch cord from the shack with an eighth inch male plug at each end
to plug into the mic.
You will have to do a web search to find one, as I bought mine from an
on-line business that sells items as they get them, and usually does not get
them any more.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Andreas Stemmer" <>
To: "Rockbox development" <>
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:59 AM
Subject: Re: looking for mic recommendation

> I'm assuming an external mic would help. Is the mic that Archos sells
> worth the money? Are there any other recommendations for a better mic?

I have three methods of recording things with my jukebox:

1) For band rehearsals it's the best to feed some signal from the mixing
console to the line in of the jukebox. But this assumes that you feed all
your signals into the mixer, which isn't the case in most rehearsal
situations. But that's the way I do it most of the time.

2) The archos mic is good (for its price), but very sensitive. I like it for
voice recording, but it's useless for band rehearsals for me, because
everything gets distorted.

3) For loud situations without the possiblity of getting a line signal from
the mixer, I use the Giant Squid Audio Lab - Stereo Mics (powered,
omnidirectional version)
There's NO preamp in the box, it's only the power supply for the mics, but
as these mics are powered by a 9V battery (as opposed to most 1,5V powered
mics for MD recorders), they produce enough level for the jukebox and they
sound great. Ideal for band rehearsals, live gigs, bootlegs etc.

Another possiblity I haven't tried: use the archos preamp with other mics
which are less sensitve.

Perhaps this also helps:



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