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recommendations for good field-recorder for nature recording..MUST have quiet preamps

Discussion in 'Preamps / Channel Strips' started by kevgarlic, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. kevgarlic

    kevgarlic Active Member

    I have been happily using the Zoom H4N and have recorded lots of wonderful nature sounds, and now I am looking to bump up the quality of my nature field-recordings by buying a field recorder with QUIET pre-amps.

    BUT, unfortunately I don't have the money for one of those kick-butt Sound Devices machines.....

    I done a lot of online research and am just about ready to buy the Tascam DR-680, I have read many users who swear by their QUIET pre-amps.

    And, for my price range is looks like the DR-680 would be GREAT., BUT I feel that since I would rarely use or need more than

    2 channels for my field recordings, I feel that if I bought the DR-680 I would be spending money for the extra features (more channels)

    that I don't need.

    I really do not need all 6 channels like the DR-680 provides, plus that is why it takes 8 AA batteries so, my question is:

    *What other good field recorders out there with QUIET pre-amps in the $400 to $700 range that are only 2 channel

    *I don't need one with built-in Microphones, as I already have a good one (Zoom H4N)

    I may end up buying the Tascam DR-680 anyway, but, I wanted to explore this

    possibility first.

    Thanks for any input you can give me!

    Oh, did I mention that the #1 requirement is QUIET pre-amps ??


    e=mail: kevinboucher1989@yahoo.com

    Freesound.org - kvgarlic

  2. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    The new Handheld Digital Audio Recorder | PCM | DSD | Korg MR-2 looks pretty cool but I'm beginning to think it can't get much better that the H4N without upgrading the power and preamps and then its not very portable. I bet the the Korg MR-2 is a good one one though, just how much I don't know.
  3. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    Have you check the Tascam DR-60D, it has 2 XLR with 48v phantom power. Install 2 good mics on this, I bet I'll give good results. (i'd invest in better mics with the price difference)
  4. audiokid

    audiokid Staff

    FWIW, I've been noticing Full Compass having much better prices than Sweetwater lately. Check this out!

    Korg MR2 Mobile Recorder, SDHC | Full Compass
    Korg MR-2 | Sweetwater.com

    $200 difference!

    I see it doesn't have the option for standard outboard mics. Looks cool though.
  5. kevgarlic

    kevgarlic Active Member

    Yes, I just checked out Full Compass, and I did not realize that they do have better pricing....THANKS audiokid
  6. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    Kev, have you considered continuing to use the H4N but with a low-noise battery-powered pre-amplifier in front? There are several stereo battery pre-amps available, some of which either generate or pass on phantom power for use with external condenser microphones. An example unit is the Prefer MB-22.
  7. kevgarlic

    kevgarlic Active Member

    Hey Boswell, actually, no...good suggestion, I'll try that...THANKS!

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