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tralala
10-28-2007, 10:36 PM
i'm looking for a field recorder, and i guess the most important thing to me is a good price to sound-quality ratio. i don't have a lot to spend, but i'd like something i could use often and easily, with good quality sound, and preferably with a mic built in. i'll mostly be using it for capturing sounds for musical purposes, but also something i could use for capturing dialog for film once in a while, and probably demos for reference as well. also important is a recorder that is easy/quick to use, as well as something that is not really fragile so i can carry it around with me and not worry about it too much.

looking around with google i find the Zoom H4 mentioned often, which sounds good, and the Zoom H2, which also sounds pretty good (and cheaper). i really can't imagine my budget going over around $300, and even that is pushing it. soooo, anyone any suggestions? i'd really appreciate it.

lou2ser
10-28-2007, 10:52 PM
I use an Edirol R-09. Pretty much everything you'll find at www.thingschrisrecorded.com was recorded on it, except for the 2-3 newest posts about centro-matic.

I paid $280 on ebay a few months ago. I think they are usually around $300. Its a lot smaller than the Zoom and I think its less fragile. I carry it around in my pocket or backpack wherever I go.

Aqualad
10-29-2007, 09:11 AM
this reminded me that iwanted to look for one. I found this for 200$(lou2ser's one is listed at 400). many of the reviews on there give it a 5/5. so maybe I'll get it.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/H2/

lou2ser
10-29-2007, 09:14 AM
(lou2ser's one is listed at 400)

Only suckers pay retail. :)

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=290174673789

That said, the H2 wasn't available when I bought mine so I know nothing about it.

tralala
10-29-2007, 03:34 PM
this reminded me that iwanted to look for one. I found this for 200$(lou2ser's one is listed at 400). many of the reviews on there give it a 5/5. so maybe I'll get it.

http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/H2/


yeah i'm thinking of the same one, looks pretty gooood

gwilym
10-31-2007, 04:30 AM
http://www.vermontfolklifecenter.org/res_audioequip.htm

this is a good resource for information about field recorders, microphones, and just general info.

that said, i use a sony mz r50 mini disc recorder with home made binaural microphones. the quality is amazingly good for a relatively cheap set up (the MD recorder cost me a little over a hundred, while the microphones (which cost me nothing as i got them as part of a class), should cost nothing more than like.. $5 maybe).

i would say binaural is the way to go, but I know that zoom thing also does a pretty good job.

Aqualad
10-31-2007, 07:47 AM
yeah, one of the definite adavantages is that it uses sd cards, imo.

patman?
10-31-2007, 01:45 PM
Just so you know, that Zoom H4 is $243 at Amazon right now. That's more than half off, apparently.

Aqualad
10-31-2007, 04:23 PM
that's not bad at all.

tralala
10-31-2007, 04:48 PM
i just bought a zoom H2 today and so far it's exactly what i was looking for... easy to use and good sound quality at a pretty good price. i thank you for the suggestions though, that vermontfolklifecenter website is way cool