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!)There are a few cons though, most of which are mentioned in the 3-star review by user named Wizard below. - You need 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. in the bag when some of the buttons (like power) can be a little hard to get to). Other than that, I'm extremely happy.
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. The interface is easy to navigate, the screen is clear and easy to read, and the sound recordings I've gotten from this machine have sounded wonderful through every aspect of the process - even while I was still learning to optimize the...
Excerpt: I use the R44 to record depositions. The sound quality is superb! Much better than the sound I get from my AG-HMC40. The batter backup works flawlessly, and the effects are really helpful to enhance the voice for our transcribers. The only thing I wish was different is that it would keep the configuration after a reboot. Other than that, great unit.
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Low Distortion, Powerful, Versatile
Excerpt: I wanted to write a review to share some information that I found hard to find before I bought this recorder. This info pertains to people using this device for video work. I haven't field tested this yet, so I can't speak to the sound quality (although my early tests have yielded very good results, to my ears). One important function for me is that you can mix down all four channels to a single line out channel (select this by pushing the monitor dial).
Pros: Easy To Use, Excellent Sound, Powerful, Versatile