I currently use a sd mix pre-d with a zoom H4n. Its a nice setup. The advantage of this setup is that it is really modular. I can use the mixer, or the mixer and recorder it only the recorder. What I don't like about the H4n, is that you cannot put it in a bag, like other recorders. That's why im looking four an alternative for the H4n.
Because i am using a good field mixer, pre amps are not really important. I do want good xlr inputs, line or mic level.
The fostex fr2le is my best option at this moment. But what I don't like about it is that I cannot see the display if it's tucked away in my bag. it gives you certain feedback. For example: When recording you can double check if the time is really running or checking the take or slate number. That really important to me.
Other options for fields recorders are tascam or sound devices. But those are more expensive.
Another dilemma: I can choose a good field recorder, but why do I need the fields mixer then? Why not use the pre amps of the fields recorder instead of the field mixer. Where can I draw the line?
So does anybody know a good fields recorder in combination with a field mixer?