Good choice on the TASCAM! I got the DR-100's li'l brother (the DR-40) a few years ago and it has some great features, like recording a second "safety" pair of audio tracks at lower volume level in case your main tracks exceed 0dB.I haven't done any field recording since ~1977, but I figure a basic rig would be
- stereo mic pair
- shotgun mic
- contact/piezo mic
I'm thinking the TASCAM DR-100mkIII can handle the first two well enough, but I'm clueless about specialty mics. Any thoughts?
As for external mics, Schoepes is highly rated but very expensive...
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For stealth tapers on a budget (like me!) Core Sound filled the bill....
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I got their Low Cost Stealthy Mics to go with my M-Audio MicroTrack II 10 years ago and was very pleased with the results.
Their higher end mics with DPA 4060/4061 capsules are supposed to be top-notch.
P.S. Best wishes for your retirement!