I recently bought a Tascam DR-05 after much research looking at
everything from DR100's, Sony D50's and even in a mild bout of madness, the Fostex FR2...
phew. In the end it all came down to money (I have a mortgage, food to put on the table
etc etc) and I plumped for the DR-05. I needn't have worried it would be a turkey at all.
It's great. Sound wise it's absolutely fine - I record at 24bit, it's VERY easy to use,
the screen is clear, the batteries last for ages and it powers up ready to record in no
time at all. I've just done a whole days recording using mainly contact mics (from a great
guy - Jez Riley French - just google him, I minefield of info) just plugged into the top
and it's worked very well.
So a thumbs up for that one. incidentally I have used a
friends Edirol HR-09 (very good) and a Zoom H... something (not the 4 though) and thought
it was rubbish.
Good luck and welcome to a world of secret sounds but be warned, it's
addictive. You'll be recording all sorts of things.
Logic studio, Pianoteq, FM8, ARP2600v, Novation 61SL MkII, Tascam DR05 and... never enough time!