I'm looking to buy a portable recorder and shotgun microphone.

I want the recorder to have decent internal mic's, to get some nice ambience recordings, but, as I can't really afford an extra pre-amp, I also need xlr input and phantom power.

I think i've narrowed it down to these: -Marantz PMD661 -Roland R-26 -Tascam DR-100 Mk2

And as for a microphone I am looking to get a Rode NTG-2.

If you have any experience with any of these, or any advice, I would hugely appreciate it, I find it so hard to pick between them.


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    these questions are pretty common here, and have been answered numerous times. try running a search of the site. Dec 17, 2011 at 23:39
  • @Shaun. thanks Shaun, I did look through before posting, but there was very little on the Roland and Tascam as they're pretty new, so I was wondering if anyone had one, and could share some experiences.
    – Dominic
    Dec 18, 2011 at 14:04
  • +1, I'm yet to decide on what to purchase myself, so in a similar boat here, I even have the NTG-2 on my list too. I'm particularly interested in hearing what's said about the DR-100 Mk2!
    – Skarik
    Dec 18, 2011 at 19:03

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I am looking at getting the Zoom H1 recorder, but a decent Shotgun Mic, and then build a Boom Pole and a Shock Mount. I searched youtube.com and came across many videos on how to build them.

I have a nady shotgun mic, it doesnt pic up the best of quality, but with some editing I can clean it up pretty well.


We have a Marantz PMD-661 and it works really well, for the price point the mic pre-amps are quiet, and the built in mics are a lot better than I expected. We also have the older PMD-660s which have never broken down, so I am pretty certain that the PMD-661 will be as reliable.


Yeah, me too I'm using Marantz PMD-661 with RODE NTG-2 shotgun microphone.Fantastic pairing, but I recommend it. Check my sound demos

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