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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Gadget Bag: Field Audio Recorders

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Tascam DR-100
Tascam DR-100
With four internal microphones, a 1/8-inch jack and two XLR inputs with phantom power, the Tascam DR-100 gives you plenty of recording options. There are two internal cardioid and two internal omnidirectional mics, which is all most of us will ever need in the field. Having the XLR inputs makes this a portable recorder that you won’t soon outgrow. The DR-100 records in WAV or MP3 formats, and it takes SD/SDHC cards. The estimated street price is $309.

Zoom H4n
Zoom H4n
Among independent filmmakers, the Zoom H4n has gained quite a following. It has some 50 built-in DSP effects, a pair of built-in stereo condenser mics and two XLR inputs with phantom power. If you’re trekking into the backcountry, you’ll especially appreciate the Stamina Mode, which can give you up to 11 hours of recording time. Using the internal mics and two external mics, you can record in full four-track mode, or you can just use the internals for “point-and-shoot” simplicity. The H4n doesn’t break the bank, with an estimated street price of $299. It records up to 24-bit/96 kHz on SD/SDHC cards.


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