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Fostex FR-2LE Stereo Field Memory Recorder
Compact design & pro features at an attractive pricepoint
By Robert Morton
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Once a very expensive addition to any field recording kit, the portable digital recorder has now become an affordable, must have item for any serious ENG/ location sound or music recording professional. The new FR-2LE is the little brother to Fostex’s popular FR-2 digital field recorder. Fostex provided B&H with a prototype FR-2LE for its demo booth at the 2006 NAB show in Las Vegas. Attendees loved its rugged, compact design and were very impressed with its powerful features.
The FR2-LE records Broadcast Wave Format (BWF) or MP3 files to affordable type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards, at up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. It features powerful on-board editing functions and a USB 2.0 port for high-speed file transfers to PC editing suites. Time stamping of .wav or MP3 files is provided; allowing for easy time alignment of audio files in Audio/Video software workstations.

This easy-to-use unit is equipped with two Mic/Line inputs (with phantom power) on Neutrik combo jacks, stereo RCA analog outputs and a 1/8" stereo headphone output with level control. The FR-2LEs flexible powering options include: (4) "AA" batteries or a 12V DC input. The top panel has a large LCD display and transport and menu keys, & the front panel adds Rec/Standby controls, LED Metering and input trims. A wired remote control comes standard with every unit.

The Fostex FR-2LEs combination of pro features and low $499.00 price makes this versatile recorder a top choice for Electronic News Gathering, location sound and live music applications.

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