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FDP Forum / Home Recording Forum / Need advice for a recorder

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Montreal, Canada

May 31st, 2018 05:59 PM   Edit   Profile  

My wife and I record a high school symphonic orchestra a few times a year. I have been using a Sony minidisk recorder for 20 years but this May, it gave up the ghost.

We use 4 studio microphones into an analog Mackie mixer into an analog compressor into the recorder.

Any advice on a new recorder would be appreciated.

I have two suggestions from a professional store but would like to hear from people here who do serious recording.

Thanks in advance.


U.S. - Virginia

May 31st, 2018 07:28 PM   Edit   Profile  

That is a tough one. If you are looking for a standalone recorder, there are Allen and Heaths, RADAR systems and Tascam digital recorders. I personally have always dragged along a laptop and use the same converters that I use in my studio. I just did a gig earlier this year in April recording an exceptional middle school choir. We used a rig consisting of a friends Lynx Aurora's and a Macbook AIR. So it sort of depends on what you are wanting to do.

Strictly mobile recording might benefit from RADAR type systems and other stand alone recorders that have a drive and ADDA on board.

The new Lynx Aurora (n) has arguably the worlds best ADDA conversion and a micro SD slot for a confidence recording or standalone that works nicely provided you don't need to do overdubs etc. Orchestras are great because you just let them do their thing. No punches all over the place.

I can't vouch for these personally but they are pro and semi pro options.

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U.S. - Virginia

May 31st, 2018 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

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Jun 1st, 2018 05:03 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'd just look at whatever Zoom or Tascam digital recorder met your track count requirements (not sure whether you're summing down to 2 track for recording, I never used a minidisc thing) or need 4 inputs.

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Montreal, Canada

Jun 1st, 2018 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

Tascam is the name of one of the units proposed by the pro shop. I record to two tracks and make CDs for the school from my recordings.

Thanks for the interest and the suggestions.


U.S. - Virginia

Jun 1st, 2018 09:12 AM   Edit   Profile  

2 tracks makes it a whole lot easier. The handheld recorders might be able to take mics, I'm not sure. I'd look into those like rev said.

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