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Fostex FR-2 High Definition Portable 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder

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About the Fostex FR-2

The Fostex FR-2 High Definition 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder 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.

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 quantization 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 is used as a master or backup machine. Excellent audio integrity, fully flexible recording, top quality mic amps, extensive interfacing plus optional timecode prove the Fostex FR-2 has all bases covered.

Fostex FR-2 Includes

  • Fostex FR-2 High Definition 2-Channel Compact Flash Field Recorder
  • Carrying Belt
  • Operation Manual
  • Fostex Warranty

Fostex FR-2 Features

  • 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 drives1
  • 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 backup2
  • Quick and easy on-board file naming or via external keyboard through standard USB keyboard port
  • "Pre-record" loop buffer of approximately 10 seconds3
  • Easy software update via CF or PCMCIA card with downloads from the internet

Fostex FR-2 Specifications

Recording Media CompactFlash card, PCMCIA HD
Recording Format BWF
Number of Channels Stereo / Mono
Sampling Frequency 22.05 / 44.1 / 48 / 88.2 / 96 / 176.4 / 192kHz
Quantization 16 bit (22.05 - 48kHz), 24 bit (44.1 - 192kHz
Power Requirement 8 x AA type dry cell (NiMH recommended)
AC adaptor (optional)
DC 12V
Power Consumption Approx. 5W
R/P Frequency Response 20Hz to 10kHz +/-1dB (fs: 22.05kHz)
20Hz to 20kHz +/-1dB (fs: 44.1 / 48kHz)
20Hz to 40kHz +/-2dB (fs: 88.2 / 96kHz)
20Hz to 80kHz +/-3dB (fs: 176.4 / 192kHz)
S/N (ADC-DAC, 24-bit, ref: -20dB, fs:48kHz)
Line (input gain: +4dBu): 100dB (typical)
Mic: (input gain: -60dBu): 87dB (typical)
Dynamic Range 100dB (ADC-DAC, 24bit, ref:-20dB, fs:48kHz) typical
T.H.D. (ADC-DAC, 24-bit, ref:-20dB, fs:48kHz)
Line (input gain: +4dBu): Less than 0.005% (at 1kHz, -1dB typical)
Mic (input gain: -60dBu): Less than 0.008% (at 1kHz, -1dB typical)
Power Life Approx. 2 hours 30 min. (8 x AA NiMH type/2300mAH)
Analog Audio Input L/R
Analog Audio Input: Connector XLR-3-31 type (Pin2: Hot)
Line: Input Impedance More than 6k ohm
Line: Reference Input Level +4dBu
Line: Maximum Input Level +24dBu (Trim: +4dBu, at the prefader stage)
Mic: Input Impedance More than 6k ohm
Mic: Input Level -60dBu
Mic: Maximum Input Level -40dBu (Trim: +4dBu, at the prefader stage)
Mic: Phantom Power P48
Analog Audio Output L(Mono)/R
Analog Audio Output: Connector RCA pin type
Output Load Impedance More than 10k ohm
Nominal Output Level +4dBu
Headphone Output 50 + 50mW (32 ohm)
Max Speaker Output Level 1W
Digital I/P & O/P: Connector XLR
Digital I/P & O/P: Input Format S/P DIF / AES/EBU automatic
Digital I/P & O/P: Output Format S/P DIF / AES/EBU switchable
Digital I/P & O/P: USB x 2 (keyboard / PC only)
Dimensions (WxHxD) 250x77x220mm / 9.84x3.03x8.66"
Weight 1.5kg / 3.3lbs (w/out battery)
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