Saturday, March 13, 2010

Jacobson & Skeoch SASS and DIY Parallel Boundary Mic Comparison


Paul Jacobson has assembled a very informative side by side field comparison test between a Crown SASS mic outfitted with Sennhesier MKH-20 mics and a DIY Parallel Boundary rig with Audio Technica 3203 mics made by Paul. Paul's report with sound file samples can be found here.


I wanted to be able to listen to the samples closely juxtaposed and blind so I made a QuickTime movie with unlabeled segments:

(A) QuickTime Movie comparing clips from the two rigs for viewing with a web browser: http://snipurl.com/utdv0 
(8mb) Requires QuickTime.

(B) QuickTime Movie comparing clips from the two rigs for downloading and viewing with QuickTime. MPPEG Streamclip and other Media players. http://tinyurl.com/ygm8otf (8mb .zip) 

When you have finished your assessment and are ready to identify the clips, you can find the answer in the comments section below.

3 comments:

Rob D. said...

The Crown SASS mic outfitted with Sennhesier MKH-20 mics is Labeled, "A." Paul Jacobson's DIY Parallel Boundary rig with Audio Technica 3203 mics is labeled, "B."

sqjunk said...

It's a great project, I just wish they had tested each mic set-up into each others recorders as well. Each recorder is going to have it's own influence on the recording as well.

Rob D. said...

Are you concerned that a significant part of the sound quality differences could be attributed to the recorder's mic pres and A-D? I think the differences in the arrays and mics used in the two arrays are on a much larger scale. By chance, I did a comparison between an Tascam HD-P2 and a SD 744T recorder (which has the same mic pre as the 722): http://tinyurl.com/yecfdyl that you can take a listen to. The only distinguishable trait I'm detecting is extended very low frequency response under 30 Hz in the 744T.
Do you have a preference for either array?