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  • Recording industry standard, PC-compatible BWF files 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 II Compact Flash cards and PCMCIA 1.8” hard disk drives

  • 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 (widely available)

  • 8 AA cells will provide approximately 2.5 hours operation

  • Easy file transfer to PC/Mac via PCMCIA, CF adaptor or standard on-board USB connection for data editing and/or backup

  • Quick, easy on-board file naming or via external keyboard through standard USB keyboard port

  • "Pre-record" loop buffer of approximately 10 seconds

  • Easy software update via CF or PCMCIA card with downloads from the internet

  • Optional timecode generator/reader card

Fostex FR-2 - Front Panel


Fostex FR2 external flash card slot

Type II CompactFlash Cards or PCMCIA HD Drives





High Resolution Solid State Recorder for Location Sound Recording


The 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.

A solid state recorder with a traditional "over the shoulder" form factor.



• 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. You can also download audio data via the on-board USB port.

• Professional Features

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.

• Easy to use Controls

Taking its cue from Fostex's PD-6 timecode DVD location recorder and their excellent pedigree in portable timecode DAT recording, the FR-2 is ergonomically designed so that all controls fall easily to hand. The large 132 x 64 dot matrix display provides clear and concise information at all times, while innovative features such as automated file/take naming enhance still further the usability.


• Choice of Media

The FR-2 can record to Type 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.

• Interfacing

The FR-2 is very well connected: the two analogue inputs switchable between mic & line on XLR connections link to top quality microphone pre-amps with selectable phantom power, while analogue out is offered on RCA connectors. Digital I/O is selectable between AES/EBU and S/P-DIF, again on balanced XLR connections.
The USB ports allow direct connection to PC and MAC with an additional port allowing for an external keyboard to be used to aid file naming and operation.

• Robust Design, Tough Construction

Designed from the ground up to withstand the rigours of in-the-field use, the FR-2 is constructed out of high-grade materials and tried & tested components.

• Timecode

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.

Fostex FR-2 - Left & Right Side Panels

Fostex FR-2 - Top Panel

FOSTEX FR-2 SPECIFICATIONS | info | pdf | manual | buy accessories | buy |

• General
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)

• Performance
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 Ratio: (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
THD: (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)

• In/Out Connectors
Analogue Audio Input: L/R
Connector XLR-3-31 type (Pin2: Hot)
Line Input Impedance: >6kohm
Reference Input Level: +4dBu
Maximum Input Level: +24dBu (Trim: +4dBu, at the prefader stage)
Mic Input Impedance: >6kohm
Input Level: -60dBu
Maximum Input Level: -40dBu (Trim: +4dBu, at the prefader stage)
Phantom Power: P48

• Analogue Audio Output

onnector; RCA pin type phono
Output Load Impedance: >10k- ohm
Nominal Output Level: +4dBu
Headphone Output: 50 + 50mW (32 ohm)
Max Speaker Output Level: 1W

• Digital Input/Output
  (except for 176.4, 192kHz)

Connector: XLR
Input Format: S/P DIF / AES/EBU automatic
Output Format: SPDIF or AES/EBU switchable
USB x 2 (keyboard / PC only)

• Physical
Power Requirement: 8 x AA type dry cell (NiMH recommended);
AC adaptor (optional), DC 12V
Power Consumption: approx. 5W
Dimensions: 250(W) x 77(H) x 220(D) mm
Weight: 1.5kg (w/out battery)

• Timecode Card Option
LTC Input/Output: Phono
Frame Rates: 23.976/24/25/29.97DF/






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