We use the Fostex FR2 for documentary recording of live music and
theatre performances, in each case simply taking a feed from the house
mixing desk (which is the extent of our remit in that regard). The
noisefloor from lighting, heating etc is such that preamp performance of
the Fostex hasn't been an issue. That said, at the time we bought them
the only other contender in the price range was the Marantz PMD670,
which had a noticeably noisier preamp, and other features less
appropriate to our needs.


-----Original Message-----
From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of David Lewiston
Sent: 12 October 2005 11:30
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seen at AES NYC

I've read negative comments about the quality of the preamps in this 
recorder, giving the impression that while it might be perfectly
for non-critical recordings (interviews and the like) it isn't suitable
serious music recording.

Salutations, David L

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Prentice, Will" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: October 12, 2005 12:00 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seen at AES NYC

The British Library Sound Archive has had a handful of these for a
little over a year, and has been fairly happy with them. We had a small
number of failures using ATA Flash cards, but since swapping to Compact
Flash I don't think there have been any problems. Note though that
however big the storage medium is, the machine won't generate a file
greater than 4Gb.


-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of andy kolovos
Sent: 11 October 2005 17:07
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Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Seen at AES NYC

Konrad Strauss wrote:
 > Did you look at the Fostex flash recorder? At a list of $1200 it
looked like
 > a great option. With a 5 gig flash card you get 2 hours of 96k 24-bit
 > recording. It also takes the 1.8" PCMCIL hard discs.

I've been enthralled by this thing for a couple of years now, but
neither we (the Vermont Folklife Center) nor I have ventured to buy one

A visitor to the field recording equipment website that I maintain
recently emailed a comment about the unit--that it has been "plagued by
file corruption problems." This note was the first I've heard about any
problems with the unit, and since it came out of the blue I don't know
what to think.

Has anyone else come across this issue?  The one review I've seen of the

FR2 was stellar.


Andy Kolovos
Vermont Folklife Center
P.O. Box 442
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 388-4964
akolovos @


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