Fostex FR-2 LE - 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder

Fostex FR-2 LE - 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder

Fostex FR-2 LE - 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder

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The Fostex FR-2 LE is a 2-channel compact field recorder that records stereo or mono BWF or MP3 files to Type II CompactFlash or Microdrive cards with up to 24-bit/96kHz resolution. The unit features built-in phantom powering, editing functionality, and USB 2.0, allowing high-speed transfer to Mac or PC computers. A pre-record buffer ensures full-take recording with no inadvertant loss.

2-channel field recorder in Stereo or Mono on Compact Flash or Micro drive cards
Maps in the standardized, PC-compatible BWF file format FAT32 file system
Large bright back lit display and built-in phantom power for condenser microphones
Linear data recording with 24 Bit/96 kHz and compressed MP3 recording formats supported
Two-hour capacity on 4GB CF card with Stereo 24 Bit/96 kHz resolution
Pre-record buffer ensures full take recording with no inadvertant loss
USB data transfer to Mac or PC computers for further editing and post-production
Ultra-lightweight and compact for convenient field use
In the Box
Fostex FR-2 LE - 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder
  • 256MB CF Card
  • AC Adapter
  • Remote Control
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Carrying Pouch
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Fostex FR-2 LE specs

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    Package Weight 4.65 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 12.4 x 11.0 x 5.0"

    Fostex FR-2 LE reviews

    FR-2 LE - 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from You get more than what you pay for! I use the FR-2LE with a RODE NTG-2 primarly for dialogue. It works really well outdoors, but also indoors, if the mic is close enough, (about one foot away). The volume of the recorded audio is a bit low but I can hear almost no hiss. When I import the audio file to my editing program and do some basic noise reduction, trix with the EQ, the result is extremely good. Now I can hear NO hiss, and the audio is louder and sounds way better than the original. It can get a bit tricky to get an idea of how the audio is going to sound like while recording, because the headphone amp is noisy. But, the end results are very good, much better than my previously Marantz PMD 660.
    Date published: 2010-02-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great piece of gear I have owned this for over a year and a half and it still works great. The quality is pristine with my rode nt4 and my audio-technica stereo shotgun. I record urban and natural ambiance, birdsong, small ensemble performances, etc. I also own a zoom h4 and this recorder is miles above that one in terms of noise and sound quality. I agree the headphone and the monitor outs are noisy which is annoying but the recording quality is what really counts and that is great. I find the interface to be easy, others not so much.
    Date published: 2010-03-29
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Questionable Build Quality I have used this as a multi-purpose field recorder for 18 months or so, usually connected to decent Sennheiser microphone(s). Now that several newer portable recorders have hit the market, I'm not sure this box is worth the price I paid. Never been happy with the build quality -- the whole thing is plastic and seems at risk anytime you swing it over your shoulder and take it outdoors. Plugging in to AC power adds a noticable hum to the input signal, which is a avoidable while toting it with batteries, but adds to the sense of inferior quality. Interface is not intuitive, although I suspect that those familiar with the long history of Fostex machines would have fewer problems than I did. Manual is cludgy. Yes, it works. But it also seems like a device built by a company still stuck in a previous era.
    Date published: 2010-01-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from OK as a backup recorder I originally bought this recorder as my main field recorder because I was on a budget. If this is all you can afford, then you'll be fine. It's a little flimsy but works perfectly ok. No Timecode on this thing so if that's a must, look elsewhere. I decided to send this back and get the Sound Devices 702t. Granted, it's like $2,000 more than this recorder, but I can tell you this: I will always be happy I made that choice. This thing will work just fine as a back-up recorder but I wouldn't really use it as your main one. If you're going to get a Fostex, atleast get the big brother, the FR-2
    Date published: 2012-02-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent sound quality, some small issues with monitoring I bought this item for use with some core binauralmicrophones. My main interest is ambient recording ofsources such as natural sounds, urban sounds, soundwalks,etc. For this particular purpose, in most situations i haveto really turn the trim controls up all the way (though itend not to go beyond 3/4 full gain) and then the overallrecording level close to full. In quieter environments thelevels are a little low at these settings, but in general Iam very pleased with the results. Battery life is very goodwith a pair of high mah nimh, i find the menu system andrecording controls very easy to use, and the product seemsreasonably sturdy - don't be fooled by the metal look in thepicture however - it's mostly plastic! Expertise: Multimedia and experimental audio artist Problems Encountered: My biggest complaint is the headphone amplification - Itried it with a pair of sennheiser hd202's and some cheapin-ear mics (that i received with some mp3 player) -monitoring is then tainted by a significant amount of hissnoise. In fact, while the monitoring level was still atzero, i put the headphones on and turned the unit on -immediately there was a strong hiss, meaning that the noiseis not even due to excessive levels on the headphone - it'salways present. This makes it very difficult to monitor thequality of the sound - i can only use the headphone forjudging the sound level...Strangely enough, I then tried ona pair of ancient KOSS headphones (K/125 - a model from the70's) - and with these phones I get a lot less hiss withoutlosing any level. It might be because the koss has a higherimpedance, or maybe less frequency range on the high end?I'm not too sure. Still the phone amp is an irritating issue...Once transferred to the computer though all my tests so faris brilliant quality - I am very pleased overall. Items I Recommend: niMH batteries, a better carry bag with extra pockets, big memory card (4GB or higher)
    Date published: 2007-08-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from User friendly and well designed. As soon as I pulled the FR-2 out of the packaging I was ready to use it. It is a very user friendly system that is more or less ready to go when you pull it out the first time. There are many different recording options including file types and sample rates. The mixer is simple to run, audio preview, one button press to record and stop. New files are created each time you hit record and numbered in sequence. Possibly the coolest feature that I didn't expect was a scrub feature when rewinding. If you record a file and then hit STOP, it is possible to hold the rewind button and listen to the sound file backwards as it rewinds, just like a tape player. This feature is very useful when trying to find a specific point in the audio file for quick playback. It takes four AA batteries that fit into a special battery case that is then inserted into the device. I went and purchased two RC style battery packs with a charger that are meant to fit into the device. Now I can recharge larger batteries and not burn through my wallet on AA batteries. This is possibly one of the best aspects of the FR-2 design. This device is excellent for field recordings, location sound, videography sound, sample recordings or even patching into an out from a mixer board. I highly recommend this item.
    Date published: 2011-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT RECORDER The preamps on this are super quiet, even with the gain turned up high. I use Rode NT-1A mics, recording 16bit wavs, from guitar/vocal to pipe organs, and the results are pristine. The unit is plastic to the max, but very light. It's very intuitive, and over 5 years into having mine, I can't complain. It's dead-on accurate.
    Date published: 2014-02-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great recorder! I use this for mobile stereo recordings. Just used it last weekend on a string quartet with a pair of josephson microphones, and it came out great! Not quiteas good in terms of sound quality as something like sound devices, and the build quality feels cheap, but for half the price of a 702 , this is a great unit!
    Date published: 2013-05-05
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