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what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« on: June 01, 2016, 10:29:51 PM »
just wondering......hypothetically ... if you had to strip down to a single deck...and you had really good mics for the assumed XLRs that make two of the four channels ....
what's your choice?
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2016, 11:26:45 PM »
I like the/my R44 better than anything else I've seen in person. Easy menus, transparent sound, inputs are XLR/TRS combos. AA batteries are a downside, but it's easy to externally power.
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #2 on: June 02, 2016, 07:47:49 AM »
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #3 on: June 02, 2016, 09:23:01 AM »
The 744 is an absolute beast. Even with all the newer Sound Devices recorders out today, the 744 still gets tons of respect in the location sound/film world. I have one in excellent/almost mint condition for sale if you want it lol.
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #4 on: June 02, 2016, 09:26:52 AM »
^ 744 if $ not a problem.

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #5 on: June 02, 2016, 09:46:54 AM »
The 744 is an absolute beast. Even with all the newer Sound Devices recorders out today, the 744 still gets tons of respect in the location sound/film world. I have one in excellent/almost mint condition for sale if you want it lol.

Love my 744 but you only get 2 XLR inputs with pres.

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #6 on: June 02, 2016, 10:17:49 AM »
The 744 is an absolute beast. Even with all the newer Sound Devices recorders out today, the 744 still gets tons of respect in the location sound/film world. I have one in excellent/almost mint condition for sale if you want it lol.

Love my 744 but you only get 2 XLR inputs with pres.

Yes, only two pre's but the TA3-F connectors are basically "mini xlr's", so 4 xlr inputs, with the adapters. Plus he said...


"...and you had really good mics for the assumed XLRs that make two of the four channels ...."
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2016, 10:47:33 AM »
The 744 is an absolute beast. Even with all the newer Sound Devices recorders out today, the 744 still gets tons of respect in the location sound/film world. I have one in excellent/almost mint condition for sale if you want it lol.

Love my 744 but you only get 2 XLR inputs with pres.

Yes, only two pre's but the TAF-3 connectors are basically "mini xlr's", so 4 xlr inputs, with the adapters. Plus he said...


"...and you had really good mics for the assumed XLRs that make two of the four channels ...."

Missed that, then yes...744!

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #8 on: June 02, 2016, 05:06:36 PM »
744 is a great value for less than 2Gs.

But if price isn't an issue...SX-R4+
« Last Edit: June 02, 2016, 05:15:07 PM by tonedeaf »

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #9 on: June 02, 2016, 05:48:20 PM »
^ 744 if $ not a problem.

Or the lack of a hold button.  :facepalm:
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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2016, 03:55:25 AM »
^ 744 if $ not a problem.

Or the lack of a hold button.  :facepalm:

You've mentioned this before. Don't know where you are getting your info from, but you're dead wrong. The 7xx series *does* indeed have a hold function. I can power on the deck, hit record, and lock it in about 5 seconds. Another 10-20 seconds to set levels. The rest of the show I just chill near the bag to make sure no one dumps a rack of suds on it or tackles the stand.



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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #12 on: June 03, 2016, 08:02:58 AM »
^ 744 if $ not a problem.

Or the lack of a hold button.  :facepalm:

You've mentioned this before. Don't know where you are getting your info from, but you're dead wrong. The 7xx series *does* indeed have a hold function. I can power on the deck, hit record, and lock it in about 5 seconds. Another 10-20 seconds to set levels. The rest of the show I just chill near the bag to make sure no one dumps a rack of suds on it or tackles the stand.

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2016, 08:37:12 AM »
^ 744 if $ not a problem.

Or the lack of a hold button.  :facepalm:

You've mentioned this before. Don't know where you are getting your info from, but you're dead wrong. The 7xx series *does* indeed have a hold function. I can power on the deck, hit record, and lock it in about 5 seconds. Another 10-20 seconds to set levels. The rest of the show I just chill near the bag to make sure no one dumps a rack of suds on it or tackles the stand.

bingo!!

yes, the hold functionality most definitely works on the 7xx's. I have used it hundreds of times in stealth situations and wouldn't use a 7xx without this feature.

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Re: what do you think the best current 4ch deck is?
« Reply #14 on: June 03, 2016, 09:01:38 AM »
Not to mention the clean gain and excellent metering. 

 

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