I'm a post-production sound editor, and would like to purchase a portable rig for sound gathering—Nature ambiences, non-sync Foley, FX, etc. My short list is the Korg MR-1000, Tascam HD-P2, and Fostex FR2le. The latter is currently my top contender, as you may have deduced from the Subject line (The Korg looks very sexy, and I like that it records at high sample/bit rates. But how do you edit 1-bit? I called Korg tech-support and their solution was to down-convert, which in my opinion defeats the purpose of recording to 1-bit. May as well record to 96/24, which is the highest res I can edit using Pro Tools LE. The Tascam has Timecode options, but I don't need that, not a location recordist for film). I'm a fan of Rudy Trubitt, and he recommends the Shure VP88 as a good all-round Stereo Mic. It records in mid-side config. I have 2 questions:
• How does the Fostex compare to the other 2 units? Does anyone have any insight?
• If the Shure is recording MS, how does it encode the information. My understanding of MS is that one capsule captures the center information, while the other, figure 8 capsule, captures the side info. When decoding, you need 3 tracks, two for the side info, and one for the center. For mono compatability, one of the side channels can have it's phase reversed, thus collapsing the stereo image to mono. If I'm recording to two tracks, how does that work? Do I not get the option after the fact to work with the stereo image? Should I be looking at other mic options?
Thanks for any and all answers…