Hi all, nice to have found this group and be part of your community.
Audio recording has been a hobby of mine ever since I was a kid,
recording songs from AM radio on my Sears cassette recorder. Over
the years I have moved through many different recorders, mostly to
record live music (Ampex 440's, TEAC reel to reel decks, even a few
Nagras). A few years ago, I went to a small digital porta-studio for
my musical recordings, and my analog gear largely sits unused, alas.
Now I'd like to acquire a good portable digital recorder, in part for
musical recording, but also to do family history interviews, and my
yet unexplored but often-envisioned passion: field recording of
I have read about many different pieces of gear out there, at all
kinds of prices. I'd like to get something in the $500-700 range, to
start experimenting. In a couple of years, I will be retired from
government work and hope to be able to indulge in such nature
recordings on a more frequent basis. So I would ideally like
whatever recorder setup I acquire to have some future (ie. not become
obsolete in a year or two, the fate of so much digital gear it seems).
A lot of sites recommend the Fostex FR2LE, and I have read some
reviews. I look forward on educating myself on this site about this
and other recorder solutions. Cheers,