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Lor
10-27-2008, 09:06 AM
Any suggestion on a reasonably priced portable audio recorder? I've been looking at the Sony PCM-D50. The only thing is, if I need to hookup an XLR mide to the unit, I have to by the Sony XLR-1 Mic Adapter which is another four to five hundred dollars. I was also looking at the Tascam DR-1 Portable Stereo Audio Recorder and M-Audio MicroTrack II. My price range is between $100 to $400.

hoarp001
10-27-2008, 09:14 AM
This thing is cool, ive used it afew times. Will accept XLR inputs.

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/15526/r/base

It looks like a stungun haha.

Lor
10-27-2008, 09:19 AM
Thanks for the response. I just checked that same recorder in BH and they sells it for $274 (I think). I didn't see where I can hookup a XLR mic to it. Is it on the bottom?

Capt Quirk
10-27-2008, 09:32 AM
"Audio input is via built-in X-Y true stereo condenser microphones, or 2 XLR-1/4" lline/mic/instrument combo inputs with phantom power for an external pair of microphones."

Lor
10-27-2008, 09:34 AM
You're referring to the Zoom recorder with the two XLR-1/4" at the bottom, correct?

Lor
10-27-2008, 09:35 AM
Okay, I read that this Zoom recorder uses SD card. Can I put in any size SD card in or is there a limit to the size of the card that the Zoom recoder will recognized?

Lor
10-27-2008, 09:43 AM
Any one know what the following are for the Zoom:

Frequency Response
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Dynamic Range

It's not listed in BH site.

ZazaCast
10-27-2008, 09:58 AM
Any one know what the following are for the Zoom:

Frequency Response
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
Dynamic Range

It's not listed in BH site.

Go to the source: http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1901 (http://www.samsontech.com/products/productpage.cfm?prodID=1901)

:beer:

Lor
10-27-2008, 10:20 AM
This thing is cool, ive used it afew times. Will accept XLR inputs.

http://www.dolphinmusic.co.uk/shop/flypage/product_id/15526/r/base

It looks like a stungun haha.

Thanks for your suggestion and many that have contributed to this post. I've just purchased this item from eBay for $219 with free shipping.

Lor
10-27-2008, 10:22 AM
It would nice if in the future or some how I can connect this H4 directly to an external hard drive for recording bypassing a computer.

Lor
10-27-2008, 11:40 AM
Will this SD (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820134617&Tpk=16gb%20SD%20card)card work with the Zoom H4 device? I'm about to purchase this card.

Dick Campbell
10-27-2008, 01:08 PM
I see you made your decision, but in cas eanyone else drops by;

I have a Micrtorack and I've had nothing but trouble with it. It has a firmware glitch that the OEM can't fix, and it stops recording arbitrarily in the middle of a session. Its a shame because it has balanced phantom power inputs, but its just too unreliable.

Alex H.
10-27-2008, 07:15 PM
Will this http://www.jdoqocy.com/image-3136093-10521304SD (http://www.jdoqocy.com/click-3136093-10521304?URL=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.newegg.com%2FProduct %2FProduct.aspx%3FItem%3DN82E16820134617%26Tpk%3D1 6gb%2520SD%2520card)card work with the Zoom H4 device? I'm about to purchase this card.

There's a 2GB card size limit with the H4. Check the manual on that when you get the Zoom, or go to the previously-referred link that will also have a list of compatible SD cards.

I have the Zoom H4, and I use it for double-system with excellent results. The best way to put it to use is to feed 1/4" line (u/bal) into it, and not use the XLR ins.

I made it through two days of shooting an indie film on a 2GB card and the 512MB that came with it, recording at 24-bit 48kHz. If you're going to be shooting a lot each day, you might get two 2GB cards. Dump the cards at the end of each day.

phd
10-27-2008, 08:32 PM
H4 version 2 support 4GB SDHC-card

Lor
10-28-2008, 06:27 AM
Just to update on the size of the card, I just recieved a response from Zoom Corporation that with the latest updates, H4 can handle up to 32GB of SDHC card. That's good news. I already purchased the Kingston 16GB SDHC card. It should be here in a couple of days.

hoarp001
10-28-2008, 06:58 AM
its nice to know someone bought the thing i suggested :-D

RandomHero
10-30-2008, 09:30 AM
Again, I see you've made your choice, but for anyone else out there, I didn't see this one mentioned, the Edirol R-09HR. (http://www.dvcreators.net/edirol-r-09hr-handheld-stereo-recorder/)
It can use a 4GB SD card, has a lot of the same features as one like the PCM-D50 (http://www.dvcreators.net/the-sony-pcm-d50/), is a lot smaller (about the size of a fatter iPhone) and $100 cheaper than the Sony as well. It's a great little recorder, the on board mics are great for what they are, and it's pretty user friendly. Just another suggestion to throw in the mix.

Lor
10-30-2008, 11:15 AM
The Edirol R-09HR is really nice too. Thanks for posting. I hope this thread will help somone else too.

hoarp001
10-30-2008, 06:07 PM
Again, I see you've made your choice, but for anyone else out there, I didn't see this one mentioned, the Edirol R-09HR. (http://www.dvcreators.net/edirol-r-09hr-handheld-stereo-recorder/)
It can use a 4GB SD card, has a lot of the same features as one like the PCM-D50 (http://www.dvcreators.net/the-sony-pcm-d50/), is a lot smaller (about the size of a fatter iPhone) and $100 cheaper than the Sony as well. It's a great little recorder, the on board mics are great for what they are, and it's pretty user friendly. Just another suggestion to throw in the mix.

It must be a lot fatter than an iPhone if it's got two XLR sockets on it....

RandomHero
10-31-2008, 08:46 AM
The R-09HR doesn't have 2 XLR sockets...

DTprod
11-25-2009, 05:05 PM
I am selling my Zoom H4 Handy Recorder on ebay:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=110462069460&ssPageName=ADME:L:LCA:US:1123

Richard Crowley
11-28-2009, 04:19 PM
Any suggestion on a reasonably priced portable audio recorder? I've been looking at the Sony PCM-D50. The only thing is, if I need to hookup an XLR mide to the unit, I have to by the Sony XLR-1 Mic Adapter which is another four to five hundred dollars. I was also looking at the Tascam DR-1 Portable Stereo Audio Recorder and M-Audio MicroTrack II. My price range is between $100 to $400.

I'm probably as big a Sony fan as anybody here (audio, video, and computers). But only Sony could get away with charging $500 for a phantom mic power box like that with a straight face. $50 maybe. I should investigate making and selling phantom power adapters. Looks like a very profitable racket.

DrDave
11-28-2009, 10:02 PM
The Fostex FR2LE has two XLRs and sounds excellent, except for the Headphone output which will not affect your final sound in any way. That will cost you less than the Sony and its adapter. You can also use Toy Car battery packs for extended battery recording.