"Danny Meltzer" wrote:
>I've handled one in person, and I actually like the size.
The D50's solid construction is very appealing. The D50 has an
"artifact from the future" appearance, while the Fostex FR-2LE looks
like a child's lunch box!
My problem was in controlling the recorder while holding a mic or
parabola in the other hand. The recorder is a little broad and heavy
to hold securely and operate with your thumb, like a cell phone. I
almost dropped the D50 a couple of times when holding it like this.
One alternative is to carry the D50 in a belt pouch, and operate it
via Sony's optional RM-PCM1 remote control. However, you need to
watch the LCD meters pretty closely, at least for a while, to make
sure the level is not too high. The RM-PCM1 has no meters or peak
LED. So you have to hold the D50 or rest it on something so you can
see the main LCD screen.
The FR-2LE, on the other hand, is designed to hang from the shoulder
while recording. Carried in this manner, the FR-2LE's record, pause,
volume controls and LED meters face up along the top edge. You can
easily control the FR-2LE with one hand while holding a parabola in
If you can set up the D50 so it's mounted on a tripod or resting on a
desktop, then it's very easy to use. I do prefer XLR inputs, however,
and the D50 only has a 1/8-inch (3.5mm) TRS jack.
> My concern was the automatic gain control/limiter.
I never turned it on. It's activated by an external switch.