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Old 24th June 2009
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I need some field equipment


I have some field sessions coming and I haven't recorded previously outdoors. To cut the long story short here goes:

I was thinking about using my Api A2D stereo preamp with converters (it has aes/ebu, Spdif outs), but obviously I'm not carrying my computer so where to record the stuff? Is there harddisk etc. that I can use with my Api. After all Api delivers digital signal ready to go to the tape.

Simo Orpana
Old 24th June 2009
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First things first... Will you have power available or do you need to be battery powered?
what is your budget for your needed gear?
Old 26th June 2009
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Good point. I indeed need power and what comes to budget, I would say that 1000€. I already have all the mics, preamps in my studio and I would like to use them instead of buying new ones just for field recording...

Old 26th June 2009
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Originally Posted by jujumies View Post
what comes to budget, I would say that 1000€.
Take a look at Edirol R-44.

Also, if you're taking powered non-field equipment with you, what prevents you from recording into a laptop?
Old 27th June 2009
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If you can rent- just get a Sound Devices 722 or 744 or 702....
Old 27th June 2009
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Sound devices gear is too expensive for me. I'm not ready to invest to those after all my main job is studio engineer / mixer. But I would like to get field equipment because time after time there is stuff I need to do outdoors.

Recording to laptop...well I would then need to connect my laptop via firewire to my soundcard and what I know about firewire is that you cannot have very long wire or it won't work.

That edirol seems appealing. What about storage???

Old 27th June 2009
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I put together an inexpensive field unit for low budget indie film work using a MacBook Pro laptop and a MOTU Traveler audio interface, running BoomRecorder.
This type approach would be more suited to a sound cart rather than a run and gun mobile unit.
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