firebox vs. sony pcm-d50
Posted 21 May 2008 - 01:05 AM
My other concern is the practicality of using a laptop/interface to record sound on my 16mm shoots. My laptop is usually quiet and since the microphones used on a set are very directional I am supposing that laptop noise will not be an issue. The other concern is that of portability. In hot, bright conditions it seems that it may be hard to carry around a laptop/interface and read the meters, although I could see how this may also be true of the sony pcm. Thanks for looking this over. Any help is immensely appreciated.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 08:20 AM
In the top circles of professional recording it's common to find people using dedicated mike preamp/mixers like the Benchmark Pre420 which costs $2750 for 4 channels. Really good preamps are not cheap.
Posted 21 May 2008 - 04:33 PM
I'd get a fieldrecorder, it will be much less hassle, most of them work with standard batteries you get in every supermarket or shop around the world. They are made for field-use, a computer might get hurt in ruff shooting conditions.
Since you have already some mics you don't need one with build in mics like the sony. For me the most important feature would be smooth going and accessible volume-pods. Pots have to be accessible and the VU-meter visible while the device is its carrying pouch around your neck. XLR-inputs with phantompower are an evidence.
I have a fostex fr-2 and I am very happy with it, only pain in the ... are the coupled volume pods and the ridiculous high powerdraw when phantom is on.
The fostex FR-2 LE is in the same price range like the sony. I guess it's similar to the FR-2, this would make it a good deal.
The marantz pmd660 seems nice too, although I never used it...
Edited by Bernhard Zitz, 21 May 2008 - 04:36 PM.