TASCAM recently released (October 2016) new firmware for their HS-P82 multi-track timecode location recorder. Firmware build v2.00 is the first update for the HS-P82 since a couple of years, and marks TASCAM's re-dedication to supporting and improving this product.
A common mistake when using a multi-track field recorder is to only arm the exact number of tracks that you need. Although this may work out fine if you are only recording one session on one day, it can create chaos on a film shot over several days.
Note: This article by Fred Ginsburg was originally written for and published in the 2015 Anniversary & NAB issue of Student Filmmakers Magazine.
The answer to the questions, “How loud should my dialogue be recorded? What should it read on the meter?” depends mostly on what type of meter you are looking at.
Essentially, there are three types of professional audio meters that you are likely to encounter, not counting the cryptic “idiot meters” filled with random symbols that often take up space in video viewfinders. (More about these “idiot” meters later in the article.)