good field-recorder for nature recording.. quiet preamps

Discussion in 'Digital Recorders' started by kevgarlic, Apr 18, 2013.

  1. kevgarlic

    kevgarlic Active Member

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    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 ??

    Kevin

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  2. audiokid

    audiokid Chris Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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 Chris Well-Known Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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