Bruce Bartlett (noted recording
engineer, microphone engineer, and pro audio journalist) wrote:
The PDAudio system offers a new paradigm of
recording. It is compact and low cost, offers pro-quality sound, and
has no moving parts if used with a memory card. Highly
(See Bruce's complete review in the August
2004 issue of Pro Audio Review magazine. Contact us for a reprint.)
John Atkinson, editor of Stereophile magazine, wrote:
"I have now had the chance to listen at length to the [PDAudio]
recordings. What a great sound!"
R.S., at the BBC, wrote:
...I think PDAudio is the business. It was a thrill for me this week to
walk into a vast studio, put my PDA down next to the biggest multitrack
recorder I could see, and say 'can I have a digital out to this,
Recording has gone quite well on the US Navy's Strike Force flight line
in at the Oceana Naval base. The Mic2496 and PDAudio-CF worked
flawlessly and allowed us to capture realistic F18 noise data that we
are now using for simulation testing of speech recognition in the
presence of jet noise. Thanks for a great product!
...It is like having a mini lap with me and getting all the outstanding
quality that goes with that.
My Grace Design V3 is now truly portable and has finally come into
its own. I will be recording all the foley for my next film dramas on
this excellent device.
...I love the sound, it is what I hoped to get but was not quite certain
that it was possible. Thanks again for working to get this technology
out to people like me.
I've been using portable minidisc recorders with a Rode NT4 microphone
and a Denecke AD-20 that I bought from Core Sound to record my son's
band concerts for a number of years now. I've been wanting to upgrade my
recording setup for a long time, and finally bought an IPAQ 2215, and
the PD Audio CF card. I used Gidluck's Live2496 software for recording
with the Denecke preamp. It was all super easy to use, and transferring
the recordings to my computer for mastering to a CD afterwards was a
dream compared to the realtime recording I had to do from the minidisc
recorder. Since I had to record at 16/44.1 due to the limitations of the
AD-20, I did not expect much difference in quality. However, I did hear
a noticeable difference, and was very pleased with the quality of the
recordings. I can't wait until I can afford the Mic2496 so I can record
at the full 24 bits that it supports, and use its phantom power to drive
a better pair of mics that I already have.
S. S. wrote:
Didn't get a chance to use the laptop last weekend but I did do my
daughter's church concert with PDAudio and the 4700 [HP iPAQ hx4750
PDA]. I did the full hour at 24/96 using two 1GB SD cards. The swap
went flawless and other than waiting to make sure the PDA is recognizing
the second card, it is a snap to change cards. I am using your CS
Binaural Mics with my rig.
R.B., on the Yahoo PenComputingAudio mailing list, wrote:
...I've been using the following system to capture classical
concerts and chamber music performances:
Core HEB mic set (DPA 4060), configured for Mic2496
6-inch Toslink-to-Miniplug Optical Cable
HP iPAQ 2210
1 GB SD cards
...The CDs I've produced using this system have been outstanding. I
typically give a CD to each of the performers (including my wife, a
Violist) and all have been quite impressed and pleased.
...Last year at this time it was not clear that anyone was routinely
capturing live recordings using PDAs. This year, even an inexperienced
taper such as myself can expect to capture remarkably high quality live
recordings each and every time.
I went out Saturday and used the rig again, worked great. ... It was
outdoors at a street festival and someone actually approached me and
asked if that was "that core sound preamp." He had seen them online, but
never one in person. People seem to get really giggly when they see how
compact everything is.
M.R., on the Yahoo laptop-tapers mailing list, wrote:
I had an H2215 pda for business and have been using that with the
PDAudio for the past 6 months and I m loving it... Using Live2496 to
record, and the gapless recording feature has worked flawlessly.
replaced a sony dat with core sound mic 2496, pda audio cf interface,
ipaq 5150 with gidluck live 2496, nexian dual slot expansion pack (for
the tiny size) and a couple of 2 gb cf (sandisk standards) HEB 4060
mics. so far so good, stable 24/48 !
wow. simply stunning sound, unparalleled accuracy. these are the
*ultimate* portables, very stealthy indeed, no prob. progressive
company, they even provided outstanding support to get me (amateur
recordist/audiophile/pc moron) up and running.
highest recommendation, exceeded expectations !
...I have anxiously waited to be able to leave the laptop behind and run
the [Sound Devices] SD722 but while I waited and waited for the [Sound
Devices] SD722 to get into production, I thought in the meantime I would
give the PDAudio card a shot.
First off, here is my PDA setup:
HP Ipaq 5555
HP Dual PC Card Expansion Pack
Gidluck Mastering Live 2496 Software
Toshiba 5GB PC Card HDs
Innergy Force 5 external power supply
Having used the above setup for the past two months, I have pretty
much nothing but good things to say about it's reliability and, as
added bonuses, its tiny size and low cost.
The best thing about this recorder is that not only will it do 24/96
using Live 2496 (if files are properly preallocated), but it is so
freaking small. This unit is considerably smaller than even the
smallest of laptops and (IMHO) it draws much less attention than the
laptop. It will also be much smaller than the SD722 particularly
taking into account that it runs now on a 12v rather than a 6v.
All in, including the external power supply and one 5GB hard drive,
the cost for building the PDA recorder was under $1,200. That is
half the cost of the SD722 for something that will do the exact same
job (assuming of course you do not need the preamp, etc. that the
SD722 offers). ...
Anyhow, I've said about all that can be said for this unit. I'm 100%
glad I took the time to investigate this option before dropping the
money on the Sound Devices unit. I would be more than happy to
answer any questions anyone has about my experiences getting it all
together (and would love to trade some good 24-bit recordings as well
now that I'm finally starting to get my two years worth of recordings
I wanted to take a moment and express my satisfaction with my new
recording setup. I purchased a set of your HEB4060's along with your
new mic2496 preamp & PDAudio card. I'm currently running an HP IPAQ
5555 with dual card expansion pack for the PDAudio card and 5gb drive.
Software being used at present is Pocco's Wichita and Gidluck's
I've had several good recording sessions with great results. The
HEB4060's sound absolutely incredible. Several listeners are amazed
with the sound quality from such a small microphone setup. I started
out a few years ago with a DAT deck and have also used a laptop on
several occasions for recording. I find the PDA combined with your
products my favorite. I highly recommend it.
[He later wrote:]
I tested your PDAudio Card & the Beta2 release of the Windows based
Driver on the following laptop:
Dell Latitude D505 / 512mb memory / 40gb HD. This was a brand new unit
right out of the box with a clean XP-Pro SP1 install. Soundforge 6.0
was next installed followed by the PDAudio driver install. The driver
installed correctly with no unexpected issues. With this completed I
was able to record in all modes except 88k (I didn't test this mode)
using the Mic2496. All worked perfect!!
J.G.S. (P.E.), using PDAudio-CF, Mic2496 and HEB/4060, wrote:
The other day I was making recordings in the anechoic chamber and kept
noticing a "tick-tick-tick" my recordings at ambient (about 15
dBA). Turned out, it was my MagicStor CF drive. At first I was
bummed. Then, I realized I had just made a high fidelity recording of
one of the quietest devices one could possible work on. So, it looks
like its solid state CF memory for my application but the signal to
noise ratio and fidelity are awesome.
B.W. (CAS, MPSE, AMPS), an audio professional in Georgia, wrote:
"I have been recording sound effects for some of the projects I have been
posting and absolutely am thrilled with the sonic quality of the Audio
card [PDAudio-CF] and Mic 2496. Both stereo and mono recordings are
truthful reproductions of the sounds recorded and the portability of the
'system' is something I have been looking forward to for many years."
G.P., in Italy, wrote:
Beta1 on XP is now really ok. I tested it with optical connection from a
range of different devices running from 44.1 to 96 kHz. No more channel
swaps, fast as expected. Great.
H.P.R., in Germany, wrote:
A little story about pdaudiocf-card:
I have put the card in my shirt. My wife has wash it.
I think it was not more to use. The red colour of the unit wash out.
But yesterday I have test it and it runs normaly after one hour in
[He's since ordered two more PDAudio-CF cards.]
Brian Dipert, an editor for EDN Magazine, wrote:
"I'm doing something I've been contemplating for some time. I'm selling
all my DAT-related gear. I can frankly think of no better testimonial to
the capability of both the hardware and software I tested at
(You can read his ACL music festival comments here.
You can see Brian's earlier two-part article about
PDAudio-CF and Mic2496 in the May 29th and June
12th issues of EDN Magazine. Click here
to see Part One of that article, and here
for Part Two. )
Dave Phillips, author of "The Book Of Linux Music & Sound" writes:
"...Btw, the recording quality is outstanding!" (Dave is
using PDAudio-CF on his Linux laptop PC.)