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2 track or 4track for remote recordings? Recorders, Players & Tape Machines
Old 6th September 2011
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2 track or 4track for remote recordings?

Hi,

I am seriously looking into buying a portable recorder.
Mainly for recording ambiances, or to have a backup recorder for recording for film outside, forests, mountains, where power supply is sometimes a problem.

Anybody here records ambiances in quadro setup?

I was thinking that could be cool. HAve 2 set of stereo mic setups, and a decent 4 track recorder.
Also 4 track could come in handy when recording for film. 2 lavs on the talents and a boom mic and you ran out of options with 2 track, unless u put a mixer before it and mixdown the lavs for instance.

Whats your take Woudl u go and buy a 4 track if u could choose? I dont own one yet, and hate spending money twice:-), though it has become a hobby of some sort.


On the other diving into the 4track pool, its all 4 figures, not much of a price range.
Old 6th September 2011
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I really like the R-44. I think you'll always find it handy to have the extra tracks, and it's a very well-designed, useable box, even just for stereo.

Only drag is how fast it eats batteries. Take at least eight AA rechargeables with you, or externally power the thing.

Yes I would rather have a 744, but if I was splashing out for a 744 I'd find the extra and get a 788... And I can't currently justify that kind of expense.
Old 6th September 2011
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Tascam DR-680 seems to fit the bill. Always nice to have more than two channels at your disposal.
Old 6th September 2011
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Originally Posted by 11miles View Post
Hi,

I am seriously looking into buying a portable recorder.
Mainly for recording ambiances, or to have a backup recorder for recording for film outside, forests, mountains, where power supply is sometimes a problem.

Anybody here records ambiances in quadro setup?

I was thinking that could be cool. HAve 2 set of stereo mic setups, and a decent 4 track recorder.
Also 4 track could come in handy when recording for film. 2 lavs on the talents and a boom mic and you ran out of options with 2 track, unless u put a mixer before it and mixdown the lavs for instance.

Whats your take Woudl u go and buy a 4 track if u could choose? I dont own one yet, and hate spending money twice:-), though it has become a hobby of some sort.


On the other diving into the 4track pool, its all 4 figures, not much of a price range.
have 4
only use 2

two is enough for me
Old 7th September 2011
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Tascam DR-680 seems to fit the bill.
The one thing I prefer about the R-44 is the four individual volume knobs versus the one knob with the 680. I think the 680 is supposed to have quieter preamps. I wonder how things would be getting the 44 and having it modded to be quieter.
Old 7th September 2011
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it seems that 2 tracks limits u somehow and can find reasons to have more than 2 track recorder in various situations.
on the other hand price range goes well over 4 figures when going multitrack with SD drive.

I just realized 680 has a pretty sweet price tag next to it.

same price range like buying SD mixpre-d and m-audio microtrack2, but more channels.
the sound quality i guess isnt in the same range?? but still.

I was also thinking about fireface IFx, which would come in handy for those indoor recordings, and outdoor where AC isnt a problem.

For the price of two 680 u have a piece of equipment that could also be my workhorse for film post.
Old 7th September 2011
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Originally Posted by 11miles View Post
Hi,

I am seriously looking into buying a portable recorder.
Mainly for recording ambiances, or to have a backup recorder for recording for film outside, forests, mountains, where power supply is sometimes a problem.

Anybody here records ambiances in quadro setup?

I was thinking that could be cool. HAve 2 set of stereo mic setups, and a decent 4 track recorder.
Also 4 track could come in handy when recording for film. 2 lavs on the talents and a boom mic and you ran out of options with 2 track, unless u put a mixer before it and mixdown the lavs for instance.

Whats your take Woudl u go and buy a 4 track if u could choose? I dont own one yet, and hate spending money twice:-), though it has become a hobby of some sort.


On the other diving into the 4track pool, its all 4 figures, not much of a price range.
SD744T with a MixPre

or wait a bit for the new Zaxcom Nomad.
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