Excerpt: I use this recorder for production sound on short narrative films. I upgraded from a handheld 2-channel recorder (Marantz PMD-661). The preamps are quiet enough for location work. Though no match for Sound Devices, you don't hear any noise until boosting to +44dB or higher.
Summary: I do not own this Item, so I can't rate it's quality or reliability. The 5 stars I rated this Item was because Amazon gave me no choice but to rate it. Although I did talk to a professional sound man who owns this system and said for the price it is an excellent, reliable and accurate,...
Excerpt: I've been using R-44 mostly for small film sound recording gigs for the past year. I think it really is the best option at $1K price point - sensible set of features, good build quality, relatively easy to operate, and most-importantly good sound quality (if you have a high-output mic!
Excerpt: Granted, 4 channels is a factor that almost deterred me, but realistically, it's great for 99% of my needs. The preamps are very clean and the functionality is clear, simple, but sophisticated where you want it to be. I don't love the shape or the placement of the buttons (esp.
Pros: Compact, Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Versatile
Excerpt: I had another, less expensive 8(really six) channel field recorder. The sound quality of the r-44 blows it away. The build is excellent and the form factor/size is perfect for me. Very easy to use. Very nice sounding preamps with plenty of headroom.
Excerpt: This is my first sound recorder, so I can't give any comparison to other devices, but I can say this: the R-44 is very easy to use, and it sounds great. I am using it on an indie film, and it has a joy to work with every step of the way.