compact flash audio recorders

Recording Settings

Now you should select the various modes or parameters for your recording session. These are selections like:

  • recording in mono or stereo
  • recording your audio in various audio file formats such as wav or MP3
  • setting the audio sampling rate at 44.1 kHz or 48 kHz
  • adjusting sound levels automatically or manually
  • separating the audio into different tracks automatically at specified intervals, etc.

On the Marantz PMD660 recorder, you use three presets to do this. Each preset has some combination of the selections above for different recording situations, such as using an external microphone, using the recorder's internal microphone or getting a line feed from an audio mixer.

Here are the presets we use:

Preset 1 - for recording an interview or ambient sound with an external microphone

We set the parameters on this preset to MIC (for external microphone), PCM-48K for wav format and a 48 kHz sampling rate, mono recording, manual sound level adjustment so you can adjust the volume, and with new tracks set automatically at 5-minute intervals. The remaining parameters in the Preset follow the factory defaults (see the recorder manual for details)

Preset 2 - for recording an interview with the recorder's built-in microphone

We set this Preset to INT MIC (for the built-in microphone), PCM-48K for wav format and a 48 kHz sampling rate, mono recording, manual sound level adjustment so you can adjust the volume, and with new tracks set automatically at 5-minute intervals. The remaining parameters in the Preset follow the factory defaults (see the recorder manual for details)

Preset 3 - for line feeds from an audio mixer

We set this Preset to LINE (for a line feed from an audio mixer or console), PCM-48K for wav format and a 48 kHz sampling rate, mono recording, manual sound level adjustment so you can adjust the volume, and with new tracks set automatically at 5-minute intervals. The remaining parameters in the Preset follow the factory defaults (see the recorder manual for details). Note: the recorder does not come with an XLR to mini cable needed to connect the recorder's LINE - IN jack to a mixer.

If you're sharing the recorder with other people, you should not change any of the settings for any of the three Presets so they're always easily accessible to anyone using the recorder.

Selecting a Preset

To select one of the Presets, on the top of the recorder press the MENU/STORE EDIT button.

Press the double arrow buttons just below to scroll through the three Presets and select either Preset 1 (external microphone) Preset 2 (built-in microphone) or Preset 3 (line).

Once you've selected a Preset, press the MENU/STORE EDIT button again to save that Preset and its settings for use in your recording.

For more information on the Presets and the different settings, as well as how to customize the settings, see the Default and Customized Settings section of this tutorial.

Note: if you accidentally press the wrong button and find yourself in a menu other than the Presets described above, simply press the STOP/CANCEL button. That will return you to the recorder's standard stop mode, without changing any of the recorder settings.