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« Reply #20 on: December 31, 2009, 05:46:50 AM »

I have owned both the zoom H2 and H4, but currently using just the H2.  If you're looking for a straightforward "setup & record" acoustically using the unit's built-in mics, no question the H2 is much easier -- and since I'm not recording via external mics or pickup inputs, the H2 is best for me.  If you want to use your own mics and inputs though, the H4 or H4n would be more appropriate

The H2's simplicity boils down to a very simple menu plus a "mic on a stick" setup (you just sit it on a table, it's ready to go), whereas the H4 has a more complicated interface and also took me a lot more fiddling to get into a good position (could have just been me, though).  All of these can do editing/mixing/effects within the unit -- but why bother editing on a handheld?  I just import the WAV or MP3 files to a laptop and edit with audacity or whatever you like.

Sorry if all that was "already hashed out", since you seem to have pretty well fleshed out a lot of the good items out there
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« Reply #21 on: December 31, 2009, 11:04:27 AM »

Cool. I've always wondered what the difference was. I do A LOT of finger style and high dynamic, so I think that's what I'll go with. What about hardware? What brands would you suggest?

Actually I am myself saving up for a sony pcm-d50.

Here is a sound sample of 12-string guitar recorded with it: http://transom.org/tools/recording_interviewing/200803_sony_pcmd50/audio/D50-12StringTest.mp3

Downside of this one is that it's no good for phantom-powered external mics. But the internal mics seem to be the best for the money.
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« Reply #22 on: February 12, 2010, 12:46:10 PM »

The one that I'm interested in now is the Yamaha POCKETRAK W24 - cool price, same specs as the others on my list, operates on only 1 AA-battery and has a wireless remote, a tuner and a metronome. Another cool feature is its start-up time of 4,5 seconds.
http://www.gearwire.com/yamaha-pocketrakw24-wnamm2010.html


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« Reply #23 on: February 12, 2010, 02:42:53 PM »

The one that I'm interested in now is the Yamaha POCKETRAK W24 - cool price, same specs as the others on my list, operates on only 1 AA-battery and has a wireless remote, a tuner and a metronome. Another cool feature is its start-up time of 4,5 seconds.
http://www.gearwire.com/yamaha-pocketrakw24-wnamm2010.html


Sounds like a lot of the features of the Edirol HR09, I would not be without a remote on any of these field recorders. You will be amazed how quickly the value of that becomes apparent especially when playing out. I can operate my Edirol from across the room in a club, or when I find that sweet spot in my home office/studio. As far as the external mics etc, I guess they are good features but I have not used any of those things, I record in wav. download and mix, then covert to mp3 keeping the wav for messin' with later or playing along with through the monitors. If I want in house recording I use condensers through my M-Audio interface to the computer. All the Fancy's on the pocket recorders are a waste on me other than really high grade mics and that remote.
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