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Portable power for making Impulse Responses on field recording

Postby RomainT » Mon Nov 12, 2018 3:43 pm

Hello all,

I have extensively searched for battery-powered solutions.

I am planning on buying a studio monitor, may it be Active or passive.
Due to its "transparence", I am planning on using them to record IRs on location. Portability is not really an issue with me as I will travel with :

- A Macbook pro 15" mid-2015 with Ableton live 10 and the Convolution Reverb utility
- Scarlett 2i2 2nd gen
- Condenser multi-pattern Rode NT2-a

(I know, the basic beginner equipment).
Having everything plugged and running through the Ableton device with considerably simplify the process, not inconsistancy with a sweepsine that you would have to edit or whatever.

My problem is for the power. I think the Mbpro + ScarlettUSB is going to be fine to phantom power the Rode NT2a...
But the monitor is another storry.

So basically :
> do I really need to power my Mac when using the 48V phantom power?
> And most importantly : what setup would give me the flexibility to power and move a monitor?

For already "powered" active monitors :
Paul C Buff commercialises a new powerful unit, Vagabond Lithium Extreme but I am scared to plug the monitors on this with the cycle issue and other specs that might not be a match :
http://s196259524.onlinehome.us/vlx.php


An other solution might consist of a passive studio monitor with a battery powered amp.


However, the same problems surface : what you gain in battery power time you lose it sound quality. The Vagabond doesn't indicate it's noise level...

Any insight VERY welcomed :sos:
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Re: Portable power for making Impulse Responses on field recording

Postby Sam Spoons » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:17 pm

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Re: Portable power for making Impulse Responses on field recording

Postby Wonks » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:33 pm

Have a look at this article:

https://www.creativefieldrecording.com/ ... responses/

You may be able to get away with something a lot smaller such as this:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anker-SoundCor ... +soundcore
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