I think i'll be able to carry 2 mics (asuming both aren't large LDCs), 1 fuzzy windscreen, and maybe a mini tripod with me, but that's about all (maybe, just maybe, I can pack in something like the porta-booth if i can figure out a way to make it tiny and it makes a noticeable difference). Small, light, and rugged are probably the most important things. I hope to record all sorts of things, street performers, various live (soft and loud) music i encounter, people and musicians i meet, nature... really anything I happen to come across that I find interesting. But I'd like to get the cleanest recordings I can get. Budget for mic(s): ~$350 (although I'm more than happy to spend as little as possible).
Anybody have any suggestions on what mic or mics I should bring with me on my adventures? I think I'd like to stick with condensers, as supposedly the mic pre's on the M-Audio Microtrack (the recorder I plan on getting) don't have much gain, and aren't the greatest when you have to crank them up. Also any non-self powered condensers will need to be able to run on only 30V of phantom power.
I'm thinking about something like an AT825 to get stereo in one nice package that is self powered (so it'll save batteries). This would be my entire mic budget, so my only mic.
But I'm open to whatever ideas you guys can think of.
I imagine since there will be no multi-tracking, that I should pretty much record everything in stereo? Anybody out there with some field recording experience wanna give me some suggestions (both about mics, and just about field recording in general)?