As far as recent portable digital audio recorders go, there has been quite a buzz around the Tascam DR-60D Portable Recorder + Field Recorder. The Tascam proves to have good quality sound as a preamp, but when compared to something like a Zoom H4n, the Tascam does not offer a single built in microphone. Besides having to carry around a separate microphone, the form factor is a bit on the large side (so does that still qualify as a portable recorder?).
Samson's Zoom line of portable recorders have always included a set of microphones, but the new Zoom H6 Portable Digital Audio Recorder takes it to the next level by offering a very modular Mic and Input system among other new advanced features. The Zoom H6 basic kit includes includes an XY Microphone, Module, Includes Mid-side Microphone Module, Four XLR/TRS Inputs, Record Up to 6 Simultaneous Channels, Record Up to 24-bit/96kHz Audio, Doubles as USB Audio Interface, Uses SDXC Memory Cards. Add-ons will be available such as a Shotgun Mic, XLR/TRS Inputs Module, and Hot Shoe Mount. The brand new Zoom H6 Portable Digital Recorder is available for pre-order now via (B&H) Click here.
Samson Zoom H6 Modular Mic Input Portable Digital Audio Recorder
That is pretty cool. However I have been dissapointed in the past for what passes for "Crystal clear audio" from both zoom and tascam.
Also, I would imagine batteries to drain pretty fast, with all the phantom power and bright screen.
Definitely worth a pick up and test though.
Nevermind - just found the line out at the bottom of the unit...
there is a line out and a separate headphone out... neat
The H6 looks nice and all, but I can not help but think about what kind of mess would be created with all those cables plus the connection to the camera and the tripod.
In addition to better preamps than were on the H4N, I think the best innovation/differentiator they could have/should have had was to include on-board wifi for file transfer.
Ha! I had subscribed on B&H to let me know when available, turns out cheesycam update is faster than B&H itself 🙂 yet to get any mail from them. But will wait for a few reviews for the pre-amp results.
Um, take a look at the Tascam DR-40, which is a closer competitor to the Zoom H4 and includes built-in XY mics like the H4. The H6 does look like a nice upgrade, between the dials and the 4 XLR inputs, it's a significant upgrade. (But I'm curious, raise your hand if you need 4 XLR inputs in a field recorder?)
This looks promising. Love how they have included actual dials for gain control. The modular system is kinda neat although I'm not too sure about the shotgun mic. For run and gun solutions might be too much on top of the camera shoe without an actual rig. Speaking of which anyone know how much those flash shoes can support?
All those cool features, yet still no dedicated line out feed...