Field recorder options for use with a shotgun mic.
I am looking at location recorders and have got myself a short-ish list. However they will always be used in the field with one or two shotgun mics (maybe more)
And looking at the following. (I have browsed various threads and still non the wiser)
1. Roland R26- the extra built in mics may be useful with a fluffy windstopper.. It seems the headphone out is a little weak from what is being sad.. Anything else I should know?
2. Tascam DR-100 MKII - Seems well laid out but don't know how the Mic Pres sound.
No sign of a case with shoulder strap so far either so whatr are the options?
3. Fostex FR2 LE- Been around for awhile and not seen any bargain prices for it here in the UK. Plenty of good things being said and I really like the idea of the Tamiya battery instead of lots of AA batts..
4. Tascam DR-680 - This seems to be the strongest contender so far, but may be out of my proce range. Not seen a retailer list the specific case for it as shown on Tascam's website.
Again anything I also need to consider with this recorder.
I know my way around memory cards, so they are not important right now.
Any suggestions for mic cables that have 90 degree plugs for the recorder end too.
I've grown so used to the 744T menus that they don't bother me even for things like low rolloff, output levels and routing, etc etc and I like how simple the interface is. The single list and single knob make finding things pretty fast once you know what region of the list they are in.
I have a DR-680, picked it up used on ebay for $500. The 6 mic preamps was why I went with it over anything else. If I only needed a 2-track I would find a Fostex FR-2 (the non LE model, which had analog-side limiters).
@nicole - the 788 is great but costs more than both of my cars combined, so that might have to wait. The DR-680 seems like 7/10ths the recorder for 2/10ths the price.
My appologize, I don't want to start a debate. But this is just for the sake of information. I really can't recommend to invest on Tascam HD-P2 anymore, as it has the same mic pre circuit from the DA-P1 (DAT Recorder). In my experience, it has some problematic distortion characteristic that make the recorded sound thin and peaky.
The newer Tascam unit (including the DR-680) is better--but still not as good as the one found in Sound Devices class. You really need to hear it in the big speaker (dubbing stage). You can definitely hear the difference.
I strongly recommend buying used new stuff rather then cheap old stuff.