The new Fostex FR-2 has been designed specifically for location sound recording; high quality sound effects acquisition; TV & radio documentary; in fact any application where quality audio recording is required.
With excellent quality (up to 24-bit / 192KHz recording - a first for a CF recorder), huge feature list and a cost-effective price point, the FR-2 offers users of portable DAT and other formats the opportunity to make the switch to a more flexible, higher quality audio acquisition machine without sacrificing features.
Excellent Audio Compatibility
In adopting the BWF Broadcast WAV file format, the FR-2 offers what is now the most popular choice for professional recording. It can be set to record mono or stereo files with 16 or 24-bit quantisation over a vast range of frequencies from 22.05kHz for extended recording time up to 192kHz for the highest quality audio acquisition. Transferring files for editing and/or backup is fast and simple via a Compact Flash reader attached to a computer; a PCMCIA slot and/or a CF adaptor - ideal for those editing with a laptop; or indeed the on-board USB port.
The FR-2 incorporates a number of features developed through Fostex’s work in location DVD-RAM recording with the PD-6 and DV40.
Automated file/take naming speeds up time spent naming files between takes on location and complies with both US and Euro clapper board standards. In addition, the inclusion of a ‘pre-record’ buffer (user adjustable) means there should never be another missed take or lost soundbite!
The FR-2 can be retrofitted with an optional, fully featured timecode card offering both reader and generator thus turning it into the ideal production and location recorder, whether it be used as a master or backup machine.
All Bases Covered
Excellent audio integrity, fully flexible recording, top quality mic amps, extensive interfacing plus optional timecode prove the Fostex FR-2 has all bases covered.
Recording industry standard, PC-compatible BWF files (stereo/mono) on a FAT32 media format
Up to 24-bit/192kHz uncompressed recording
Includes a unique 22.05kHz sampling frequency setting for extended recording
Records to both Type I & II CompactFlash cards and PCMCIA 1.8” hard disk drives*1
Fostex’s “File per Take” system with auto scene & take naming/increment
Two balanced XLR microphone inputs with switchable phantom power and top quality, high headroom mic pre-amps
132 x 64 dot matrix LCD screen for ease of use & high visibility in the field
Uses AA-sized rechargeable NiMH batteries which are widely available due to the popularity of digital cameras. 8 AA cells will provide approximately 2.5 hours operation when recording to a CF card
Easy file transfer to PC/Mac via PCMCIA, CF adaptor or standard on-board USB connection for data editing and/or backup*2
Quick and easy on-board file naming or via external keyboard through standard USB keyboard port
“Pre-record” loop buffer of approximately 10 seconds*3
Easy software update via CF or PCMCIA card with downloads from the internet
Optional timecode generator / reader card
*1 May require software update for PCMCIA HD operation
*2 Complies with Windows ME/2000/XP, Mac OS 10.2 or higher
*3 Varies depending on sampling frequency\"
Choice of Media
The FR-2 can record to Type I & II CompactFlash cards and the new breed of PCMCIA 1.8-inch hard disk drives (up to fs 96kHz), offering maximum flexibility and choice.
The new 1.8-inch Type II PC Card hard disk drives pack high capacity into a very compact format. Their powerful, lightweight design makes them an ideal acquisition media offering, for example, 289 minutes of stereo recording at 24-bit/48kHz.