Hi Robert, welcome. Check the archives for discussions of entry level gear.
The FR2LE is a
good choice as would be the Sony PCM D50. As far as buying something that will
become obsolete...there is no way to do this...everything is designed to
current computer technology....thus, everything will at least start to become
obsolete in a
few years. That's just the way it is. You can try to buy something that will
maximum use for the longest period of time...that's the best you can do I'd say.
--- In "rstl99" <> wrote:
> 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,