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Best entry-level portable recorder [closed]

I'm an absolute newbie. I'd like to buy a portable recorder but I don't know which is the best. I read about Zoom H2, Zoom H4n and Tascam DR-07 but there are also a lot of other models... Any ...
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Sound Devices New 702, or Used 744T? [closed]

I've been offered a used 744T, which has spend much of its time in a lab, but also some work in the field. The price is about $500 more then a new 702. All of my field work has been two channels ...
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How will portable recorders improve in the future?

Apart from the obvious stuff like preamp/converter quality & size/weight, what useful new features should be invented in the next few years? I would like; Custom rules to stop & start ...
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Is this the Zoom killer?

alt text http://www.tascamcontractor.com/content/images/universal/misc/im2_with_iphone_grey.jpg Probably not, but at $80 it may become many people's go-to solution for impromptu everyday captures. ...
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Can you suggest a good contact mic for sound design? (average cost of proposal would be much appreciated)

I would like to try some ideas for some really wierd sounds and I think a good contact mic would give me better results at that! Also I would like to ask if you think its a good idea to plug this ...
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Where do you shop for used gear?

I'm always looking for bargains on mics, recorders, etc. But there must be more to life than Craigslist and eBay?! Where do you shop for those killer deals?
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replacing a zoom h4n with sony PCM D50

i'd like to upgrade from my h4n and was thinking about purchasing the d50. unfortunately have to option to rent one and compare the recordings. basically my question is whether a d50 will be a ...
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How's the Zoom H1 working out for you?

I've recently been considering getting a small portable recorder and had my heart set on the Zoom H4N because of all the wonderful things that I've heard about it. But the recently released H1 seems ...
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1-bit recording?

24-bit 48kHz is the norm in film post-production here in LA, with new recordings and foley coming in at 96k or 192k. I'm recording at 96k most of the time and occasionally work with 192k samples when ...
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Zoom H2 Frequency Response - 70hz?

I'm most likely going to buy a Zoom H2 recorder to keep with me. I'm always hearing awesome sounds, but I don't carry my 744 with me (for obvious reasons), so I either have to remember where they are ...
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Low-budget field recorder with good pre-amp

I'm working on a couple of mod projects and I sorely need some kind of a field recorder to get a lot of the sounds I need. I've read a lot about the Zoom H2 and H4, and I'm leaning towards the H2 due ...
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Zoom H4N Adoration Post

Hi everyone again! Today I got my Zoom H4N! You cannot imagine how much I already loved this little miraculous device!!! I had a Sony PCM-D50 which I also loved... But this one, oh really I adore it. ...
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Alternatives for the 722

Hi, I'm thinking abut buying my own portable recording equipment, pretty clear on which mics I'm gonna need but when it comes to the recorder... (Field recording, maybe production audio, I'm looking ...
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An alternative to a blimp? (…a small pistol grip for example?)

Hello. I'm looking into getting a Rode NT4 stereo microphone for sound collection very soon. Due to me saving for my next purchase (a Tascam HDP2 I'm thinking) I'm looking to get the proper gear to ...
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iPod Apps to record sound

Hello all, I've been needing a portable sound recorder for a while now but due to personal circumstance I don't have the money to buy one (and the mics etc). IK multimedia have seemingly come to save ...
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Should I Buy A Sony PCM-M10?

I have a first generation M-Audio Microtrack (which I'm not a fan of) and was looking to pickup another portable recorder that I can fit in my pocket and barely notice it's there. This guy is getting ...
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Needing some advice for a small budget sound recording setup…

I'm currently into a project where I'll be needing to provide sounds in various formats, covering a whole spectrum of topices (ambience, household, human, impact etc). I will need to be providing ...
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cheap hand held sound meter vs smartphone app

For learning purposes i want to play around with a sound meter. Are the smartphone sound meter apps (have a droid 2) that accurate? Is a $30 hand held sound meter usually going to be more accurate?
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Zoom H2n announced!

...well as i told you in my earlier post today (http://socialsounddesign.com/questions/9245/zoom-h4n-adoration-post) I can call myself a happy user of my new H4N that arrived today! and when I got to ...
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TASCAM DR-100 MKII Vs DR-40??

Hey guys. I had a query about which one's better. performance wise, battery wise, and frequency range wise. I have boiled down to these two and i am really confused as to which one to go for. Also ...
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Handheld recorders for BGs and Ambiences

Hi everyone, I'm looking into a handheld for the sole purpose of recording those quick one-off ambiences: a subway station late at night, wind whistling in a stairwell of somewhere you're visiting ...
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Best techniques for using portable recorders for dialogue, interviews etc

Hi, I'm a novice at sound recording but after doing all the necessary research have decided a portable recorder is what best fits my needs (thinking of something like the Tascom DR-40). However, ...
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Let's have an updated chat about portable recorders

Hi guys, I've read through all the threads on the portable recorders on here, and some have seen revisions or are simply outdated. I'm looking for the best sounding hand-held recorder for easy stereo ...
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Who is the king of the portable field recorders?

I'm looking to purchase a portable field recorder to keep on me at all times, in order to capture those golden sounds we all come across day to day. I'm well aware of the usual suspects (H4N, M10, etc....
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How best to record dialogue whilst walking using portable device

Hi, Basically as the title states. I'm well aware that portable devices are very sensitive to movement, but does that mean it isn't really feasible to try record conversation whilst walking for ...
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Combine two mono mics into one stereo signal, such that each mic gets its own channel (left and right) [duplicate]

I am recording with Zoom H1. I have two ATR-3350 lav mics. They are self-powered and have 3.5 mm (1/8") mono miniplug. I would like to combine them into one stereo signal such that the left channel ...
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Battery options for your recording rig

So I have this recorder that likes to eat AA batteries for breakfast. I need to buy something way more efficient, but it may come at a cost. But must it? The setup I'm looking at right now is a IDX ...
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Using a journalist recorder for field recordings

I was plotting to buy one of these digital audio recorders for journalists, which I want to use for field recordings. Are these devices good for it?
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Olympus LS-100 or Sony PCM M10

I've got a Zoom H2 as a fieldrecorder, but I don't like the noisy preamps and the interface. So I was looking into a new fieldrecorder and found some interesting ones. First I found the Sony PCM M10, ...
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Using External Mics with the Tascam DR-40

Will the Tascam DR-40 add any self noise or hiss to higher quality external mics? Also is it okay to use two different external mics into the Tascam DR-40 at once? Thanks
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Fostex FR-2 vs FR-2 LE

I'm looking to buy a semi-pro field recorder. I've done some research and the LE arguably seems to be one of the best in this price range, good pre-amps for the money. The headphone output seems to be ...
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Sound Devices Mix Pre and…?

Hey all! I know that the hand held recorder question has come up on this forum more times than I've had hot dinners, but none that specifically answer this; Has anyone used the Sound Devices Mix Pre-...
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What determines the quality of a sound recorded with device into which a mic is plugged in?

Let's say we have one good boom mic and several recording devices. For instance boom mic plugged into zoom h1n, zoom h2n, zoom h4n, smartphone, dslr etc. What technical features of those recording ...
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Lightweight stand for portable recorder

I have seen people use a stand that looks a lot like the Nano Black Stand by Manfrotto. I need a stand to use with my Sony D100 in the wild. So, it will have to stand firm on bumpy environments. Do ...
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What to record in Dubai?

I'm visiting Dubai for a vacation next week and want to also do a little field recording. Has anyone any suggestions of good places to record, interesting markets etc. I'm intending to go to the top ...
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PCM-D50 discontinued?

Noticed that the Sony PCM-D50 recorder is discontinued. I like mine so much I almost wanted to buy one as a backup. I love the noise floor, battery life, and heavy duty-ness of the unit. What other ...
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External Mic use (eg. Rode NTG-2) with the Sony PCM-D50 and Zoom H4n

There are a couple of questions on here that are similar, and I've looked at several reviews etc but thought it'd still be worthwhile asking for opinions on my situation. I'm fairly new to the SD ...
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Feasible way to make an omnidirectional dynamic microphone portable?

Info: I have an ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B microphone (handheld, dynamic, omnidirectional) that I want to use for man-on-the-street type interviews. I will be holding the mic in my hand just as you would ...
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Can I use a portable recorder with a dynamic mic? (Specifically, a ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B)

I'm looking for a portable recorder which my ElectroVoice RE50N/D-B will plug into for 'man-on-the-street' type interviews; but, I recently read this: note: we cannot recommend dynamic microphones ...
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Few questions about portable field recorders!

I'm stuck deciding between a Zoom H2n and a Sony PCM-M10 for doing recordings on the go at random if an interesting sound comes up. This will be for building a portfolio for sound design, not for a ...
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Tascam DR-680 ratings??

I'm in the process of getting rid of my zoom h4n primarily because of the noisy circuitry inside. I have found that most tascam stuff is extremely quiet. With the zoom I use an MP1 sound device preamp ...
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MicW i456 or similar, works on Android smartphone?

Mmmm .. excuse my most awful English. Is just for fun, I don't expect professional results. I'm trying to find the best way to use my Xperia Neo smartphone as portable recorder conecting , for example,...
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Field recording set up last minute advice

OK, so I finally decided on a set up. I am going with a Fostex FR 2LE, with a rode NT4, rode blimp and Sony MDR-7506 headphones. I plan to record sound effects and ambience sounds. I am looking to ...
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Slates and jamming time code

We've run into a little bit of a conundrum here at work. We're still going to do more testing, and I'm sure we'll be able to figure it out, but I thought I'd ask here to see if anyone has experienced ...
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Which inexpensive device can record 8 channels (tracks) simultaneously?

I'm looking for portable recording device that can record 4 pairs of left\right channels, total 8. I found one that suits me, Zoom F8, but it is very expensive and almost not portable.
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How to connect lavalier microphone with 3.5 jacks into XLR/TRS (using a converter)?

I have two lav microphones, Audio-Technica ATR3350, that have 3.5mm (1/8) mini-jacks I am looking at Tascam DR60 Mk2 that has 2 XLR/TRS combo ports for input. Could I use 1/8 to 1/4 adapters on the ...
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best settings to record indoor interview using Zoom H5 recorder and 2 external mics

I will be recording a number of interviews in office settings using a Schoeps CMC641 and a suitable lav mic. These will be connected to a Zoom H5 recorder. Question: how should I configure the ...
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Handheld recorder for a journalist?

A friend recently asked me what handheld recorder to buy as a journalist. I am not sure what a radio journalist needs, but my thoughts are that it needs to be able to go both omni and carioid ...
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Pocket Sturdy Microphone

I find recently, I plant a few portable recorders when location recording 8/10 times I'm using those recording for front in the mix, They are reliable, sturdy, durable and in comparison to alot of ...
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Zoom H2/H2n comparison, does the H2n have less preamp noise than the H2?

Does anyone have both recorders? I understand all of the differences with regards to the mic choice and usability, I was just wondering if the new preamps were noticeably quieter. I am thinking of ...