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Subject: tapeless recorders
From: Gianni Pavan <>
Date: Thu, 03 Feb 2005 17:42:10 -0800
<pre style="margin: 0em;">Hi all,
         I'd like to add some information to the list of tapeless field
 recorders recently posted.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Other tapeless options available:</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Marantz PMD670
 Selectable sampling rates up to 48 kHz, stereo, 16 bits, records to
 standard uncompressed .wav files or to MP3. Uses compact flash memory
 cards (and microdrives too) and has a pre-record buffer (great in the
 field!) XLR mic inputs with P48 powering, excellent for field use</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Marantz PMD660
 Smaller in size, 44.1 and 48 kHz rates only, unfortunately lacks the
 pre-record buffer feature.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Marantz PMD671 (announced, maybe vaporware)
 Evolution of the PMD670 with sampling capabilities extended to 24
 bits, 96 kHz.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Edirol R1
 44.1 kHz only, no XLR inputs</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Edirol R4
 24 bits, up to 96 kHz, records 2/4 channels to compact flash (CF)
 media, 4 mic preamplifiers with P48 power.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">And now few comments about the other options already 
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">The Fostex FR2 records to CF media.
   According to tests made by Rudy Trubitt, the FR2 is flat up to 90
 kHz, though it is aliasing-free up to 87 kHz (an input signal at 105
 kHz may appear at 87 kHz attenuated by more than 70 dB), but
 practically usable up to 90 kHz (an input signal at 102 kHz may appear
 at 90 kHz attenuated by 36 dB).
   Be aware that not all 192 kHz devices have a so flat response. For
 example the Edirol FA101 computer interface is flat up to 45 kHz only
 and the anti-aliasing filter is not sharp enough: the aliasing free
 bandwidth is limited to 45 kHz!</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">Core Sound Mic2496
   Excellent mic preamplifier with P48 power and an excellent AD
 converter, 24 bits, 44.1/48/88.2/96 kHz, optical and electrical
 digital output.  It can be connected to any digital input or to the
 Core Sound digital input CF card that can be inserted in any PCMCIA
 adapter in a laptop or in a PocketPC.
   PocketPC recording with the Live2496 software made by Gordon
 Gidluck is a great new option for field recordists. Though assembling
 a well working PocketPC recording system requires some work and the
 final assembly may be less robust and more tricky to operate in the
 field than off the shelf recorders.
   Visit the Core Sound website for detailed information.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 0em;">The Sound Devices 722 and 744
   Appear to be state-of-the-art gear with recording capability up to
 192 kHz sampling. The 744 records 4 channels, but only two of them
 have mic preamplifiers with P48 power. Recording 4 mics require an
 additional stereo mic pre, thus further increasing cost and size.</pre><br>
 <pre style="margin: 
 Gianni Pavan
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