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Title: What kind of recorder should I buy? (DAT, MD, Hi-MD, JB3)
Post by: Brian Skalinder on October 28, 2004, 04:50:29 PM
What kind of recorder should I buy?  How do I decide?  What are my options?  What are the pros and cons of the different recorder options  -  DAT (Digital Audio Tape), MD (Mini-Disc), Hi-MD (new Sony MD recorder), JB3 (Creative Labs Nomad Jukebox 3), laptop, other hard drive or compact flash device?

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Hi-MD

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Creative Nomad Jukebox 3 (Hard Drive recorder)*

*See Nomad JB3 Tapers FAQ (http://www.taperssection.com/index.php?topic=16338.0) and Operating FAQ (http://www.taperssection.com/index.php?topic=16341.0) in the Archival Info forum for more information.[/list][/color]

Miscellaneous

Laptop

There are plenty of people using laptops as their recording device.  Some folks they're a hassle:  finicky to configure, PITA to power, not terribly robust, etc.  But, others love 'em.  For more information on laptop recording, check out the Yahoo Laptop Tapers Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/laptop-tapers/).

Other hard drive / compact flash recorders

Neuros (http://www.neurosaudio.com) HDxx (xx = the hard drive size, e.g. 20, 40, 60, etc)

Edirol (http://www.edirol.com/) R1

Sound Devices (http://www.sounddevices.com) 722 and 744

Marantz (http://www.marantz.com/) PMD-660 / PMD-670

Fostex (http://www.fostex.com/) FR-2

Core-Sound PDAudio-CF (http://www.core-sound.com/)

Title: Re: What kind of recorder should I buy? (DAT, MD, Hi-MD, JB3)
Post by: sygdwm on November 06, 2004, 04:15:45 AM
re: laptops

pros:

-easy transfers
-24bit/??? possibilities (depending on front-end)
-can check email, surf and whatnot when not taping
-looks cool
-costs vary

cons:

-software/OS crashes
-battery solutions
-firewire/usb debacle
-costs vary
Title: Re: What kind of recorder should I buy? (DAT, MD, Hi-MD, JB3)
Post by: Brian Skalinder on November 06, 2004, 05:33:14 AM
pros:

-easy transfers
-24bit/??? possibilities (depending on front-end)
-can check email, surf and whatnot when not taping
-looks cool
-costs vary


Gotta be more pros than this...anyone else wanna chime in?

cons:

-software/OS crashes
-battery solutions
-firewire/usb debacle
-costs vary


Some additional questions:


Certainly some of the media (or lack thereof) pros/cons from the JB3 make sense here as well, I'll add 'em in.

Sorry for all the questions, I've never taped laptop before so I don't really know the ins and outs.  Thanks for the starter list.


Thanks to surf1div1 for the following on 24 bit PDA Recording:

OK, I'm probably in a minority here, but this is beggining to finally make inroads as far as dependability. That has been the primary issue when trying for 24 bit recording. If 24 bit isn't an issue, then some of the other recording options like the nomad are probably superior for cost, etc. But, from my field tests, and I have no alligence or financial gain, this set up does have some advantages- the stealth aspect using a PDA is one. While the ADC that core uses does have to be stealthed, it's no larger then the PDA with the expansion pack that I currently use. With media costs dropping, and the speed of the media(SD cards) the ability to use it will further increase my options as I work towards a 24/96 recording option. Check out the yahoo group for more discussion from others using it:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/PenComputingAudio/

BTW, stay away from Core sounds recommendation for the Pocco software- it sucks. Also, the live 2496 software developer is very hands on- to the point of having your own personal software designer. He support is excellent. I'm using the CORE sound HEB with the ipaq 5555 and the HP dual expansion slot's to hold the PD-Audio card in one slot and the Toshiba 5 gig portabel hard drive for storage.

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