AUDIO RECORDERS AND MIXERS

This section describes all the equipment needed for field recording, what recorders I use for sound capture, their qualities and what are the strong and weak points.


Earsight microphone + F6

ZOOM F6

Zoom F6 is a new addition to my gear, with 32bits capability, this is the real plus vs Tascam DR100 MkIII because the sound quality improvement is not noticeable. The 6 inputs allows me to plug my main stereo microphone (BP4025) and keep connected my EarSight pair for larger stereo field.

Powering solutions of this tiny recorder are also very interesting.

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Tascam DR100

TASCAM DR100 MKIII

The Tascam DR100 mk3 is the last version of Tascam’s portable recorders, a brand that has been established for a long time in the world of studio and portable recording, since the first portastudio that made multitrack accessible to the largest number of people.

The recording quality of the DR100 is incredible, the sound is clear, fine and full of detail, with low background noise, all in a portable format.

It gives the best of itself thanks to its XLR inputs (48V Phantom) which open the possibility to use high-end professional microphones. It is also equipped with a large capacity internal battery, it can also be used with 2 AA batteries and it can work in usb connected to a phone charger or via a powerbank.
A device made to last which, with its metal shell, will follow you formany years. This is one of the recorders I use for sound capture.

best equipment used for field recording

OLYMPUS LS-14

I use the Olympus LS14 mainly for binaural recordings with the Roland WPM10 microphones I mentioned below. The advantage is its size, it fits in my pocket and I always carry it with me just in case.

The integrated microphones are not at the standard of Tascam and the functionalities are basic but it allows uncompressed 24 bit/96 kHz PCM recordings with absolute discretion.

Another quality, apart from its price, its endurance which allows you to record for several hours with only 2 AA batteries

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SQN mixer – SQN 3M & SQN 4S IVe

3 channel mixer with mono output created for the Nagra tape recorder, the SQN mixer has been used by countless journalists around the world and movie sound engineers… you’ve probably heard the SQN sound without even suspecting it!

Designed to withstand the worst treatment, its incredible quality preamps are an ideal complement to the DR100 when you’re looking for a special flavor. They also have the ability to handle heavy peaks without overloading, and the built-in analog limiter is often considered one of the best on portable equipment.

SQN 4s IVe is a Recent addition to my gear, this mixer work in stereo with all the qualities of SQN can bring to the sound. Now that’s open the door to Audio technica BP4025 and LOM Usi with top notch quality.


A few of the links that I propose on this page are links affiliated with Thomann.de, the principle is that if you buy the equipment by clicking on the link, I get a very small commission that allows me to keep the website on the go, so you don’t pay more.

You are free not to buy via this link or to buy where you want, I encourage you to check the prices on several websites to be sure to get the best price. I chose the Thomann affiliate program because I bought a major part of my equipment on this site and I never had any problems.

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