Before I start I have to admit: I am far, far away from being a pro - in fact, I am not even making sounds/music for a living. It´s what I love to do in my leisure time and that´s why my budget is a maximum of 700 Dollars.
I have an obsession for sounds that can be found in our everyday surroundings - not really "ambient" sounds but sounds with very specific sources like our voice, a pneumatic hammer, all kinds of instruments, animals, the tiktok of a clock that is so often overheard, the paper shredder in my office - as you know: the list is endless. NoiseJockey´s awesome "Fun with Bikes"-Video covers exactly what I am talking about.
Since I know that there are so much interesting textures and tones hidden inside them I want to get really "close" to those interesting sound sources and record them.
So I kept my eyes and ears open to what might be a small-budget-solution for my aspirations - but since the market is so full of portable recorders, microphones...
I might need advice from you pros.
I already own an Echo AudioFire4 interface, but no mic (yet, but that´s another story) but I don´t want to carry my laptop etc. with me so I am looking for a portable solution.
Thanks for your advice!