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Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby Johnny Stecchino » Sat Feb 09, 2008 12:03 am

Hello all,

As John Willet purpose the Edirol R-44 device in one of the topics, I would like to ask:
1.What are the real diferences between this device and the R-4 and which one is better?
2. I would need a good audio card (thought of the RME 400 FF) and need a good field recorder for etnomusicologic work.
PROBLEM: don't have money to buy both.
THINK:
Will it be wise to buy a device like the R-44, use it for home recordings too and use my old Terratec EWX 24/96 when I need to deal with ASIO issues?

Will the SONY PCM-D50 be good enough for a pro. field work?
(with the Edirol need some mics too...)
Seems like it's time to ask a friend from the USA to do me a favour ;)

Thnx in advance
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Re: Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby John Willett » Sat Feb 09, 2008 1:37 pm

johnny Stecchino wrote:
1.What are the real differences between this device and the R-4 and which one is better?
I would say that the R-44 is better than the R-4 as it has the improved mic. inputs of the R-4 Pro. I expect the R-4 will be discontinued very quickly - but *not* the R-4 Pro as it has timecode (the R-44 doesn't).



johnny Stecchino wrote:
Will the SONY PCM-D50 be good enough for a pro. field work?
(with the Edirol need some mics too...)
Seems like it's time to ask a friend from the USA to do me a favour ;)
The R-44 and the PCM-D50 are quite different beasties - the R-44 is a 4-track machine and the D-50 is 2-track.

The D-50 has the better in-built mics. The D-50 should be in the UK within a week or two as I understand at a price of about £270, so I would not bother getting it from the USA.

Personally - if you want a good inexpensive portable machine it is a toss-up between these two and the Fostex FR-2LE.

Choose the one that has the facilities you want.
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Re: Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby Johnny Stecchino » Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:58 pm

John Willett wrote:
johnny Stecchino wrote:
Will the SONY PCM-D50 be good enough for a pro. field work?
(with the Edirol need some mics too...)

...The D-50 has the better in-built mics...

Hi John, thanks for the reply (I expected actually that you will be the one to reply :) )

An idea came to my mind and please correct me if I'm wrong:
Will the fact that you can cross the mic's of the D-50 brings the possibility to make a near binarual kind of recordings, if one finds the right angle of crosing to simulate the distance of a human head???

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Re: Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby John Willett » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:35 pm

johnny Stecchino wrote:
An idea came to my mind and please correct me if I'm wrong:
Will the fact that you can cross the mic's of the D-50 brings the possibility to make a near binarual kind of recordings, if one finds the right angle of crossing to simulate the distance of a human head???

I don't think so - the mics are cardioid (I think) and are closer together than the ears, even when in the "out" position.
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Re: Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby Djoniba » Mon May 05, 2008 12:01 pm

Hello. My first post in this forum :)

I am going to Tanzania to do field recordings for a cultural centre. I am looking around for a recorder now and need to know if you have used the R-44 and if this is a machine I can rely on. I was thinking of using my Oktave MK012 pair as ambience and get a Rode stereo mic for the main recording (record all four channels at once and mix on my Powerbook later) Is this a decent choice? Will the result be better this way than if I just use a stereo mic?

I have also been looking at the Marantz 660 (stereo). Do you have experience with this one?
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Re: Edirol R-44: some questions,

Postby John Willett » Mon May 05, 2008 12:21 pm

Hi Djoniba, welcome to the forum.

No, I have not user the R-44 yet as it's only just been put on the market.

I saw it at a pro exhibition and was discussing it in detail with the manufacturers.

If you want stereo, I (personally) would look first at the new Sony PCM-D50 and the new Edirol R-9HR (the HR is better than the standard model).

I hope this helps.
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