No gain and no pain with new Zoom MicTrak recorders

Zoom Mictrak
(Image credit: Zoom)

Digital audio specialist Zoom has launched a new series of MicTrak combined microphone and audio recorder models that employ 32-bit ‘float’ recording. This is a new recording technology designed to eliminate clipped and distorted audio – which often happens because of sudden jumps (or reductions) in sound levels – thanks to the significantly larger dynamic range inherent in the 32-bit depth. It gives over four billion amplitude values, resulting in a dynamic range louder than anything found on earth. In other words, everything from whispers to explosions is well within its dynamic range. 

The practical implications are that there’s no need for a gain control to set recording levels and it also provides much more flexibility for dealing with audio distortion in post-production because all the data is still there and is fully recoverable.

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Paul Burrows

Paul has been writing about cameras, photography and photographers for 40 years. He joined Australian Camera as an editorial assistant in 1982, subsequently becoming the magazine’s technical editor, and has been editor since 1998. He is also the editor of sister publication ProPhoto, a position he has held since 1989. In 2011, Paul was made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute Of Australian Photography (AIPP) in recognition of his long-term contribution to the Australian photo industry. Outside of his magazine work, he is the editor of the Contemporary Photographers: Australia series of monographs which document the lives of Australia’s most important photographers.