Handheld digital recording device opinions.

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Administrator Since: Apr 03, 2002

So, I am looking for a decent handheld recording device...just for catching practices to try to catch those occasional magic moments and give ourselves some takes to practice along with at home on our own.

Does anyone else do this, if so, what devices are you using?

The features I am wanting are:

- recording to a common compressed format, such as mp3
- easy interfacing with computers to drag files back and forth
- stereo at least

nice to haves would be:

- a ton of memory, or better yet, additional flash card slot
- in addition to stereo mics, maybe an RCA line in...

I see quite a few at various pawn shops in the area, even see an 8 track tascam device for a little over $100...but while it's a great price, seems a bit overkill.

Any thoughts that could help? Of course, the less expensive the better since this isn't for production...

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Since: Dec 04, 2007

Nov 27, 2011 11:58 am

While not my area of knowledge, at that price range, you'll probably be looking at Tascam or Zoom devices.

Looks like the Zoom recorders are pretty popular/favorable.

Just skimming through zzounds, it looks like the Zoom H2 would be worth looking at (judging by the 175 ratings and 9/10 overall rating) might be able to find one in a blowout deal somewhere online, otherwise it's about $150 @ retail cost.

I think some of the Tascam DR08 and the like can be found for aroune $100 some places, and they've gotten okay reviews, just not the same sheer number of reviews/ratings. I don't know if it's about the same as the Zoom, or better. Some of the Zoom devices also get lower numbers/ratings, but I'd say they're probably comparable to the Tascams overall.

But yeah, not really my area of expertise.

Since: Feb 07, 2005

Nov 28, 2011 12:56 pm

Hey! I can help with this! I looked into this a lot before i bought my Zoom H4N

Here are some samples etc


Since: Apr 03, 2002

Nov 28, 2011 09:25 pm

Thanks, I'll look into that one as I shop around.

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