So my trusty Tascam HDP2 bit the dust yesterday while recording. Im going to send it off to be repaired, but it really got me looking at replacement options.
I have my issues with the tascam and really am looking at upgrading quality in addition to having a functioning recorder.
For my purposes I usually find myself wanting a third channel while doing sound effects recording. My stereo mic and a shotgun and sometimes a fourth with my barcus berry or something.
I would like a 744 and then get a mix pre or something to have 4 pres but the cost for the setup is a bit more than what will be in my range for awhile.
A new/used 702 is possible. I also am looking at possibly the Fostex PD6. There are a few on consignment and used at various places and fall into the price range I can swing, specifically one at gotham sound for 1500. The pd6 seems like it would satisfy my multi track dilemmas and it would also be a good recorder for the seldom production audio gigs I get.
I want to know is what is everyone's experience with the PD6. Most of the time When traversing the city I only have a shotgun with me cabled up and my stereo mic in the bag, so more than 2 channels while walking around is not needed. I would only be breaking into multi channels on recording sessions that I plan out, not on my daily recording walks. Will the PD6 just be way to large and cumbersome to take with me on my strolls around the city?
Im torn between the two, the portability/size/battery consumption of the 702 verses the multi-track/and eng mix capability of the fostex. Im pretty sure they are both along the same lines of sonic quality but I want to get some additional verification from those who have used them. Ive read many reviews on the both and many people swear by both of them, but im looking for the stuff that doesn't make it to the reviews. Example on the tascam is that the first recording of a file starts it with take _00. It doesn't change quality but makes hell on the editors and assistants at times, and just annoys me.