I've been recording mostly stereo in the field with my trusty Sound Devices 722 for some time now.
Recently, I took out a 744T (which belongs to my work) in the field and did some recording with a Double MS rig. While I didn't always bother mastering the recordings in surround, it was nice to have that option; especially for ambiences.
Needless to say, I'm considering making the move to a multi-channel recorder for field recording. I'm wondering how many of you are regularly recording in surround in the field. What do you use?
I found carrying a 744T with a mixer to be quite bulky (especially since I was hiking). Instead of upgrading to a 744T, I'm considering picking up another 722 and linking two recorders together (which would practically be the same size as a 744 plus two preamps). Anybody doing this?
I wish Sound Devices made a recorder with 4 preamps that was a little more affordable than the 788T. Not sure I want to downgrade the quality of my preamps either with something like a Zoom. Any other suggestions other than buying a Deva or Nagra? Should I just lug around a laptop instead? Thanks.