A Superb Little Machine
The Tascam DR-08 is a pocket full of audio capture capability with a simple user interface that makes it a pleasure to use. I own the Sony PCM design grand daddy field recorder that this only imitates visually. But sonically, this little thing holds its own in terms of sensitivity, audio quality control and file type selection. For less than a quarter of the price of the big daddy PCM recorders, this is a steal. I'll warn you, Its a battery-muncher, and you'll leave a trail of alkaline AAA batteries that Hansel and Gretel would appreciate. So go get yourself some rechargeable NiMH AAA's, and flip the DR-08's digital switch on the system menu for battery type. It comes with a 2GB micro SD, so be prepared to run to COSTCO or SAMS and get yourself a 16GB micro SD for the big files it will generate if you're recording *.wav and you can record pretty much record all day. (But carry extra batteries with you...they last about 2 hours, maybe.) The transfer to computer is a snap. The boot up makes you wait for a bit before you can start recording, so don't wait until your subject is about to start to turn it on, because you'll lose the first 10 seconds or more. But don't leave it on long afterward, either, so you can preserve that battery life. All-in-all this is a superb piece of equipment to own, as long as all you need is good quality sound without a lot of bells and whistles, and maybe have a good DAW you can run it through to bring it up to peak.