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Nagra SD Handheld Digital Audio Recorder

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Key Features
  • Compact Aluminum Body
  • Record up to 24-bit/96 kHz
  • Records Linear PCM, MP2, and MP3
  • Writes to SD Flash Media
The Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder from Nagra is a professional-quality solid-state audio recorder, ideal for situations where exceptional portability is required. The recorder has a compact aluminum body for lasting durability in the field. It can record linear PCM (WAV) files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz, as well as compressed MP2 and MP3 files. Files are written to widely-available SD flash media, and there is no limit to the capacity of the card that can be used.
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Nagra Nagra SD Overview

The Nagra SD Hand-Held Digital Audio Recorder from Nagra is a professional-quality solid-state audio recorder, ideal for situations where exceptional portability is required. The recorder has a compact aluminum body for lasting durability in the field. It can record linear PCM (WAV) files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz, as well as compressed MP2 and MP3 files. Files are written to widely-available SD flash media, and there is no limit to the capacity of the card that can be used.

The recorder is compatible with Nagra's range of clip-on microphones, which are available in stereo and mono varieties. The Nagra SD is compatible with the accessories from the ARES-M/MII/ML range for terrific versatility. The recorder has 3.5mm mini mic and line inputs, allowing you to connect a variety of devices. An XLR to mini cable is included so you can connect a pro-level device. An internal loudspeaker lets you review your recordings without the need for any extra equipment.

The unit has an intuitive menu-driven interface for quick operation. A variety of switches on the rear panel give you instant access to several important functions without the need to go into the menu system. Other features include instant start-up, 1-button recording, automatic level control, and a low cut filter. A USB 2.0 port lets you connect to a Mac or PC to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The recorder appears as a mass storage device on your computer, so no software or drivers are required. The Nagra SD operates on a pair of standard AA batteries for approximately 10 hours, allowing you to record for a full work day without running out of juice.

Note:
External clip-on mics sold separately.
Ideal for applications where portability and versatility are required, such as field recording and radio
The compact aluminum body provides lasting durability in the field
The unit records stereo or mono linear PCM (WAV) files at rates up to 24-bit/96 kHz, as well as compressed MP2 and MP3 files for longer recordings
Files are written to widely-available SD flash media, and there is no limit to the capacity of the card that can be used
Works with Nagra's range of clip-on microphones, which are available in stereo and mono variations with different polar patterns. The Nagra SD is compatible with the accessories from the ARES-M/MII/ML range for terrific versatility
Standard 3.5mm mini mic and line inputs allow you to connect a variety of devices. An XLR to mini cable is included so you can connect a pro-level device, such as an external dynamic microphone
An internal loudspeaker lets you review your recordings without the need for any extra equipment. A 3.5mm stereo mini headphone/line output jack is provided for private monitoring
The intuitive menu-driven interface allows quick operation. A variety of switches on the rear panel give you instant access to several important functions without the need to go into the menu system
Instant start-up and 1-button recording features let you get rolling at a moment's notice. You can also enable a 3 second pre-record buffer, perfect for capturing those "surprise" audio moments
Automatic level control and low cut filter features ensure that your recordings always sound great. This is ideal for scenarios when you can't always take the time to manually adjust your settings
A USB 2.0 port lets you connect to a Mac or PC to transfer your files for editing and sharing. The recorder appears as a standard FAT 32 mass storage device on your computer, so no software or drivers are required. You can also connect to a Nagra LB for file transfer and editing in the field
The Nagra SD operates on a pair of standard AA batteries for approximately 10 hours, allowing you to record for a full work day without running out of juice

Nagra Nagra SD Specs

Type
Solid-state digital audio recorder
Data Storage
Removable SD flash memory card
Recording Method
Digital (PCM) or digital compression, stereo or mono
Compression
ISO MPEG layer II/MPEG III
AD/DA Conversion
24-bit Sigma-Delta
Sample Rate
24 to 96 kHz PCM and MPEG
Bit Rate
32 to 384 kbps
File Format
.WAV or .MP2/.MP3
Connectors
1 x Mini 3.5 mm stereo mic input
1 x Mini 3.5 mm stereo line input
1 x Mini 3.5 mm headphone/line output
1 x USB port
Dynamic Range
Mic: 40 dB for 0dB recording
Output: 80 dB
Recorded file: 90 dB
Microphone Power
3 V, electret
Sensitivity
Mic: 1.5 mV min for electret capsules (full scale), 650 µV min for dynamic mics (full scale)
Line: 33 mV to 6.2 V for 0dB FS recording
Line Output
0.9 V FS
Speaker
0.1 W
USB
Compliant with USB 2.0
Total Harmonic Distortion (THD)
0.025% max
Frequency Response
30 Hz - 20 kHz (-3 dB in EE mode)
Battery Type/Life
2 x AA batteries
Approximately 10 hours of operation
Dimensions
4.2 x 2 x 2.6" (107 x 68 x 24 mm) (without external mic)
Weight
0.5 lb (250 g) (with batteries, without microphone)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
1.95 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
8.5 x 6.8 x 3.6"

Nagra Nagra SD Reviews

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question

How would this mount to camera? Has threads?
Asked by: Michael M.
The working case that comes with the package has a tripod mounting plate (with thread) built in.
Answered by: Mun C.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

When connecting an external mic to the the Nagra SD through the 3.5mm Mic In jack, does the unit record through the Mic In and the clip on mic? So, for example, could I use a wired lav and the Green band stereo clip on at the same time?
Asked by: C. Travis W.
As I understand your question, it seems you are trying to get three mics into one (stereo-mini) input. That is the green band cardioid stereo pair plus another lav. As you MUST select external or internal mic preference (plus phantom power or not for them) It's just not possible.I think you should be looking for a mini mixer, or either just use the on-board Cardioid pair or an external lav (or whatever) pair that might suit the job.Good Luck
Answered by: John P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

Which of the optional Nagra microphones would you recommend for use with a DSLR (the Nagra SD would be mounted to the top of the DSLR with the microphone facing forward)?
Asked by: Nicholas L.
The correct mic will depend on application. For DSLR use in interview situations with subjects in front of the camera. a directional mic would be preferred such as the cardioid mono mic, the NM-MICMC. For general recording, the stereo would be preferred, the NM-MICSII
Answered by: Jeff P.
Date published: 2018-08-28

question

If mounting onto a DSLR, is a shockmount necessary?
Asked by: Nicholas L.
A shock mount is not required but it can help isolate the mic/recorder from the camera. It is highly recommended. Try the Nagra without a shock mount. You will know right away if a shock mount will be needed.
Answered by: Mark S.
Date published: 2018-08-28
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