Excerpt: First off let me say that after sound mixing over 100 films and close to 500 Television Episodes, I have not found a better 2 track digital recorder with all of the features that the HD-P2 has for such a FABULOUS price. In addition, it is ruggad and works in pretty much any weather condition.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Excerpt: Works well until it fails. If you have it outside US be aware that Tascam service is not good. I have 15 of those HD-P2 and when one of it fails, it is better for me to use it as spare parts back up for others instead sending to repair.
Excerpt: I use this recorder with a Red Scarlet for remote audio record. Use the SB-3 to Jam sync camera (picture), iPad (slate), iPhone (slate control) and then connect SMPTE & word clock to HD-P2. Ready to record at an afordable price.
Excerpt: Don't use the PREs on the unit - prefer to use a Focusrite or a SD field mixer. Doing this yields very good results (mostly for voice over work). I bought this to replace a Fostex FR-2, which I found next to impossible to get repaired. So far, I'm pretty happy with the unit.
If you were looking at the Zoom H4n, save a little bit more for this HD-P2!
10 July 2011
Summary: Sound quality and features are really good for those that are just starting out in filmmaking. For people on a budget, I recommend saving a little bit extra to get a used HD-P2 instead of a brand new Zoom H4n and bypass Zoom altogether because their preamp is extremely weak for most shotguns and...
Excerpt: ...IF you know what you are doing. If you are stepping up from the Zoom H4n the audio quality will amaze you but the learning curve will baffle you. I've used mine on 6 film projects now. Workflow is difficult on the run. Timecode is a pain. Retake button is a joke.
Pros: Battery Life, Excellent Sound, Time code input
Cons: Limiters, Production work flow, Prosumer connections, Prosumer construction, Time code workflow, Unnecessary Functions
Summary: Will keep it short. Awesome recorder with great features. If you're considering one against an H4N; take the p2 for sure. It's 1000 times more functional in the field. Only suggestion I'd make is to get a rechargeable battery pack for the unit.