Looking for a handheld recorder

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by SpookTheHamster, Jan 3, 2008.

  1. SpookTheHamster macrumors 65816

    SpookTheHamster

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    I'm trying to help my girlfriend find a decent handheld audio recorder. Her university uses Marantz PMD660 SSD recorders but they're a bit pricey for a student who's also buying an Mbox.

    Are there any other recorders anyone would recommend?
     
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    Someone recently told me that they really liked the M-audio product, also engadget and/or gizomodo had a blurb on a new one from Olympus today. I was looking at one of these to do podcasting but in the end just decided to go for a microphone.
     
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    This is for recording in the field for film, so a computer with a mic isn't exactly an option. The M-audio one doesn't look like it really compares to the PMD660
     
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    why doesn't she either:

    a) check out gear from uni?, or
    b) use the camera as the recorder? (or is it film?)
     
  5. SpookTheHamster thread starter macrumors 65816

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    a) She wants to buy one for herself
    b) She's an audio person, not a videographer. Using a separate recorder (booked out from the uni) has already saved one of her group projects.
     
  6. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Check over at taperssection.com as we deal a lot with handheld recorders over there. What features does she specifically need? And what is her budget?
     
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    Roland R-09 if XLR isn't needed (has built in stereo mic as well)
     
  12. bgalizio macrumors member

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    Without any specific requirements, I can recommend the following recorders:

    Marantz 660 - great 16bit recorder, has XLR inputs.
    Fostex FR2LE - can be had fairly cheap ($450) on eBay. 24bit, XLR inputs.
    Edirol R-09 - cheap pocket sized 24bit recorder. Only has mini-jack inputs. Input jacks are known to be fragile, but are an easy fix.
    Marantz 620 - alternative to the Edirol
    Sony PCM-D50 - alternative to the Edirol and Marantz 620

    I would not recommend the Zoom H2 or H4 units. The preamps on those devices leave a lot to be desired. Instead, it's worth the extra money for the above mentioned recorders. All of these can be found very cheap on eBay or, as I mentioned above, taperssection.com.

    I'm assuming these recorders will be at the max of her budget. If not, I have several other recommendations.
     

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