I am at the moment pretty much just recording SFX, though I very occasionally get a gig doing live recording.
So here’s what I have for field recording: Rode NTG-3 and NT-4 into an H4n
Also a PCM-M10
I’ve been kinda okay with recording into the H4n and RX-ing away the noise from the preamps but I’d love to switch to a mixer recording into the m10.
Ideally, I’d go for something from Sound Devices because they’re awesome. As always though, they’re very expensive.
So, is it worth buying, say, a used FP-33 on eBay and spending that (at the moment hypothetical) money on something else for now? (More, better mics? Something to add/use some metadata? So many choices!) Or, should I continue waiting and RXing until I actually have Sound Devices money set aside?
Unhappy with my H4n, I upgraded to the Sound Devices 702. It was a pretty steep price point, but it is amazing! You can even find some pretty good deals on used ones if you are patient. I have also heard good things about pairing a Sound Devices MixPre with the Sony M10 as the recorder and you can save some cash there as well since you already have one. Sound Devices (and other great recorders for that matter) also have benefits that range beyond the pre amp quality and low noise floor. It has great limiters, easy to use (although sometimes I fight with the menu) and a solid build! you will probably have it for the rest of your life. I would suggest giving Paul Virosteks blog a good read! Lots of good advice from some spectacular field recordists, I learned a lot about what gear I wanted to invest in.
René Coronado has a write up he did a few years ago about pairing a Denecke PS-2 with a Sony PCM-D50. I imagine the setup would likely work just as well with the M10. You might want to check that out.
I’ve been using a Tascam DR-60D mkII for a while now whenever I’m recording outdoors. I’ve had a Zoom H4n and I’d say the preamp noise is much much better on this Tascam. If you look around you can get one for about £150-160. It has two inputs, phantom power which you can set individually, it’s small, sturdy, etc.
You have a nice shotgun, a nice stereo mic and an M10. I’d say round up the package and get a mixpre or a mixpre-D! In my opinion that’ll make your rig pretty nicely rounded. I’ve had my m10 for a while and recently got a Mixpre-D and a shotgun to record into the m10 and I’ve been blown away by the results, love the combo!