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It came time for me to pick up a new slip-on exhaust for my bike. I wanted the weight savings of an aftermarket exhaust as well as the power increase. What I didn’t want was a headache and pissed off looks from people as I drove by. I wanted something quiet. I wanted to have my cake and to eat it too. After some diligent searching, the best option within my price range was the  FMF Q4

But there was a problem…

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Tascam DR-680 Noise Test

January 16, 2014 — 10 Comments

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A recent discussion over at gearslutz opened my eyes to a major problem (for me) of my Tascam DR-680: Unacceptable phantom power noise at higher gain. I have the Busman Mod, which lowers the overall noise of the unit. However, according to a poster in that thread, the mod won’t make much of a difference until you’ve sorted out the phantom power noise problem. After reading that post, I immediately did some testing.

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I wanted to talk about my current field recording rig – what I consider a pretty powerful, convenient and relatively small package. The entire thing can fit on a scooter and can be set up and taken down rather quickly.

I’ve tried out several combinations of equipment and finally settled on the following gear:

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