Hey Mick, I just bought the Tascam but yet to put it through its paces. I was inspired after recording a LoFi couch version of "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry" on my cellphone then importing it into Pro Tools. I did try a quick test with the Tascam in the same manner and what I found was the fidelity was much better but due to placement of the Tascam the acoustic guitar over powered my vocal. I won't likely get another shot in the next few months but think it'll work with a little experimentation. Be forewarned that the Tascam doesn't ship with a Mini SD card (at least mine didn't) so there is another purchase.
As someone who has had both the Tascam DR-07 and the Tascam DR-05 version 2, I would try the Zoom H1N or the Olympus LS4. The Zoom I am simply curious about and the Olympus has memory on it that does not require SD cards.
Between the 2 you want, I would try the Zoom first.
I bought a Zoom H2N about a year ago to record practices and gigs. The accessory pack is helpful (mic stand adapter, etc.). It's a lower end Zoom but I am beyond happy with it...sound quality FAR exceeds what I expected from it. Good stereo separation even at a distance.
1. I notice that it records somewhat differently when using battery power vs. AC power. I prefer using AC (lower gain result from identical settings IMO). 2. There is some emphasis on very high end (cymbals and hi-hats, some guitar). It's not irritating but is a bit forward. All other freqs are well represented. 3. I highly recommend just turning it on before a gig, and shutting it off at the end of the night (don't ask me why... ). It seamlessly ends a 2G recording and starts up a new recording that you can easily splice in Audacity.
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If you plan to rely on the built in stereo mic setup, find out what type mics those Tascam models have. In the past some Tascam hand-helds had a built-in pair of uni/cardioid type mics while others had built-in omni mics. Unidirectional mics have a narrow pick up pattern. Omni mics by their nature have a wider pickup pattern and therefore will not give as good a stereo image when used side by side on a hand held.
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As someone who has had both the Tascam DR-07 and the Tascam DR-05 version 2, I would try the Zoom H1N or the Olympus LS4.
What is it about the Tascams that you don't like?
I'll have a look the Olympus and Marantz before I check back. Thanks again!
One reason is that I am simply curious with other makers.
Another is that the DR-05 seems less intuitive than the DR-07. Attempting to access some of the features through the menu on the DR-05 is...fun. I was curious enough about the DR-08 that I wished I would have picked that one up.
IIRC, the Olympus LS-P4 had something along the lines of 8 hours of memory built in that did not require a SD card. The sound also seems to be at least decent if not excellent.
Truthfully, I use my recorder for both recording my band and recording concerts. My Tascam DR-07 started eating batteries faster than it used to so it was time for a new recorder. I have not had a chance to give the DR-05 a real test. I have used it once, and will do so again in about a month.
With what you have mentioned, I would try the Zoom first. Good luck.
I used the Zoom H2 for years, it was fairly intuitive. It died last year. I usually record rehearsals. I purchased a Tascam DR-05X soon after. It does what I need, it seems a little less friendly than the Zoom. I don’t use all it’s functions just on, record, pause and off.