Compare Field Recordings from the Sony D100, D50, and Neumann 191

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Lately I’ve been Tweeting quite a bit about the Sony PCM-D100 portable audio recorder. Why? I’ve been collecting tandem field recordings from both the D100 and its older brother, the D50. My goal is to compare the sound quality between them (as well as other features) for an upcoming D100 review.

I’d like to spend a bit more time with the D100 before completing that article. In the meantime, you can get a jump on the post by checking out some field recordings from the device.

I recently released a free sound effects library on my sister site, Airborne Sound. It’s called Concourse Crowds. It’s a collection of 25 corporate crowds and business pedestrians.

I mention that library because it contains a fairly even balance of recordings from the Sony PCM-D50, the D100, and a full Neumann 191-i and Sound Devices 722 kit. Look at the Soundminer metadata or the bundled text files to see which microphone is featured on each take.

I have found the comparisons quite revealing. I’ll write more extensively about that in an upcoming article. For the time being, you can download the pack free of charge to compare the characteristics of each microphone and recorder while targeting similar subjects in comparable locations.

Check out the Concourse Crowds sound fx library.

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