Originally Posted by matucha
I'd rather spend money on mic-preamp-AD converter than preamp/compressor/eq. Higher quality mic pre and AD will make more difference most of the time than compressor and eqs. Also when starting out and knowing little about the process, it is much easier to make bad decisions with your compressor and eq, ie ruining the takes.
I forgot to mention that I'm not just starting out, I just never had such a setup of my own up to now. I have a multi-track recording studio that is not mobile in the slightest, and I am looking to branch out into mobile territory with my own equipment. Up to now, I've been borrowing or renting equipment for location recording.
It will be a bit of an experiment, and I will start out without an AD conversion. I will offer three options of analog recorders for a start: A Tascam or Denon Cassette Tape deck, a Studer-Revox G36 tube reel-to-reel and a Revox B77 reel-to-reel. Cassette will be the budget option for clients that cannot afford reel-to-reel tape, and for the ones that can, I will be offering the reel thing. It will be two racks to carry around at first, which in the future I would expand with another rack with a mixer, so I can use more than two microphones, and maybe even a rack with a multitrack tape machine (if I get enough requests for one) or a rack with a DAW, for which I would then invest in decent A/D converters. But for now, I just want to keep it analog and see where it takes me. I prefer working with analog tape. In my studio I have both, and the tape sees a lot more use than the DAW.
I have enough confidence to make on-the-fly decisions with knobs, and the whole idea is to not do any post-production for most jobs. Just get the event on tape as best as I can, and then give the tape to the client to do as they wish with. Of course, I'd be more than happy to also take the tape to the studio and do post production and mastering there, but the location service will be purely recording.
I do not have the ability to invest in really high-end gear for this at the moment though, so I would start modest, and if it catches on with clients, I can upgrade later.