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Richard

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Hey Gang,

As soon as I get my butt off of the computer, take the pups for a walk, and get back home( on vacation this week,Spring break for the kids, who are with grandma) the wife and I are going to take the Mustang for jog up to the Snoqualmie Casino, and buy some tickets for the May 14th show. About 10 of us going that night. Yesterday I was checking out the camera I think that I am going to buy myself for my April 26th birthday, and was checking out some of the recording gear that this shop has too.  They rent both the cameras and recording equipment, so maybe I will rent the recorder and mic.  My question(s) for you serious tapers who have done this before(since I have not) are...

Is a Zoom or Olympus hand held with built in stereo mics suffient?

Should I bring my Bogen tripod and mount the recorder on the tripod ?

Should I step it up to a Tascam 4 track with an external stereo mic ?

Realizing that JJ's website states that they don'd want to be troubled with patches,tech. assitance, power and all, has anyone ever placed their recording setup at or near the soundboard area with permission of course, and can that be done if I smile big, the ladies in the group show some leg, or a couple of bottles of Makers Mark are left in full view?

I know I need to bring plenty of batteries, an SD card of course, and maybe some electrical tape... anything else ?

Any insights as to what to do, or not to do, and should I contact anyone within the band/crew...Lilbowwow... ahead of time ?

Thanks for the help and insights !

hey, on another note...went to a friends house lastnight, he is a sound engineer/muscian....guru...guy for local and national theater groups and laid down some tracks for his annual family Halloween show that they do at their house...kinda like Disneyland...animatronics....stuff.  First time I have ever done something like that....now I am strung out like a crack ho packin' harps...!
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Here's my two cents, not sure how helpful this will be but I'll give it a shot.

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Is a Zoom or Olympus hand held with built in stereo mics suffient?
Barely, but better than nothing if you don't have external mics to run into them.

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Should I bring my Bogen tripod and mount the recorder on the tripod ?
You're definitely gonna want to get it up above the crowd as best you can. Not sure how high your tripod goes but you may also look into clamping to another tapers stand (if another taper is there) or a pole, rafter, anything you can find to get those mics up in the air.

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Should I step it up to a Tascam 4 track with an external stereo mic ?
Not sure I'd recommend going 4 channel with your first taping experience. I'd say keep it simple and stick to two channel.

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Realizing that JJ's website states that they don'd want to be troubled with patches,tech. assitance, power and all, has anyone ever placed their recording setup at or near the soundboard area with permission of course, and can that be done if I smile big, the ladies in the group show some leg, or a couple of bottles of Makers Mark are left in full view?
This is one of those things thats just gonna depend on the setup of venue. Part of the fun of taping is tackling the challenges that each individual venue throws at ya. Sometimes the best place to setup is in front of the board, sometimes behind. Again, just gotta size the place up and figure it out at game time.

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I know I need to bring plenty of batteries, an SD card of course, and maybe some electrical tape... anything else ?

Any insights as to what to do, or not to do, and should I contact anyone within the band/crew...Lilbowwow... ahead of time?
Not sure what kind of batteries those units take, but if its AA, I'd recommend picking up some of the rechargeable NiMH types. They last a lot longer than regular AA's. Last thing you want is a battery change right in the middle of Jookhouse  Also find out what size SD cards the recorder takes and make sure you get one thats big enough. Tough to recommend what other accessories, not knowing venue specifics and exactly what gear you'll be using. But when all else fails, bring duct tape!

And as always, search http://www.taperssection.com for a wealth of taping knowledge
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Skotdee,
Thanks a bucket load !! Hell, I knew you guys would come through on this one.  I spent some time in a studio lastnight at the home of a friend's and he had shared similar thoughts about this a few nights back as well.  He almost was going to lend me his Rode stereo mic......but at $500.00 bucks a pop, his common sense side prevailed, as far as loaning it to a rookie.  So, I will try to come up up with something that is do-able, yet in the best intrest or spirit, with what I cn work with, and not go crazy.  Cathy and I went up to the venue today, bought our tickets, and I figured I better ask ahead of time about taping so as not to get all involved, and then get turned down or thrown out on the night of the show.  So, we'll see what happens.  I will checkout the Tapers site that you linked(poked my nose into it just briefly)and I certainly appreciate the help and insights ! Hell again, the least that I can do is to do my part to get an NW recording of the show, and share it with ya'll.

Thanks again !!!
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That's cool Richard! How we all wouldn't love to have a taper in your part of the country. I knew skotdee would come thru for you. He's the taping man with the plan for sure and always willing to help bring new ones into the fold.

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