Format and media choice

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by microx, Apr 1, 2004.

  1. microx

    microx Active Member

    Sep 5, 2003
    Hi guys,
    I usually post on tech talk but just lately I have become interested in live recording (jazz bands, solo players etc) and would like to know what you guys prefer as a recording format/media ie Mini disc, Dat, tape, cassette. I need portability, but does not have to be batteryonly and four tracks.

  2. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    Of those that you mentioned, DAT is the only one I could recommend, although DAT is dead. You might want to consider other options. For example, NAGRA makes a seriously good line of digital tape recorders (big $$$ though). Also, Sound Devices has just released a new line of portable hard disk recorders that promise to be excellent and overall, a reasonable price. You could always use one of the larger format Hard Disk recorders such as the HD24 or SDR/HDR 24 with a rackmount pre and put it in a portable case. These have an acceptable "out-of-the-box" sound but could always be upgraded later with better AD converters.

  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    A real good solution to the portable issue is a good old ADAT recorder. You can find them on the cheap all over the place and as long as you are only running one (not trying to sync multiple units) they are generally fairly reliable.

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