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. There should be better functionality in the menu so you dont have to press so much buttons. It is also starving batteries (8) so rechargeable ones are a must. I would have wanted to have better preamps, they are not powerful.
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. Took only a couple of hours to get familiar with the menus and methods it uses to do the recordings.
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 other microphones, even at the highest setting.
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. Construction is not as solid as a Zoom H4n or Sound Devices. A Sound Devices mixer is a must on the front end. Keep the Tascam gain on the floor. Push the levels from the SD, not the Tascam.
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.