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Handheld Digital Recorders – A recording studio in the palm of your hand – SPECIAL OFFER!

Digital Recording has been around for quite some time now. It has largely replaced tape as the main medium for recording except for some professional applications. What has become more prolific in the past couple of years though is the handheld digital recorder- being able to record anywhere, anytime and with practically no hassle or set up time. Many manufacturers feature products that give you what is the equivalent of a complete recording studio in the palm of your hand. The stereo sound qaulity is pristine, and since everything is digital the files can quickly be transferred to a computer to be saved or edited. There are many to choose from, and while most of them share many features, each has its own unique niche that lets it stand out from the bunch. Like many poeple, you may find that once you have one, you’ll never leave home without it!

 

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9 Responses

  1. Gary Logan

    As a songwriter, I have been looking for the best way to record song ideas, licks, etc. and transfer them to my Mac computer. A fellow musician recorded a jam I attended last week on an M-Audio MicroTrack II Mobile Digital Recorder and the quality blew me away! I am checking & comparing it with other handheld digital recorder choices, but they would have to go a long way to beat the quality of the sound I heard with this unit. He used it again when we got together over the weekend to practice for an upcoming gig — and I was blown away with the pristine quality again.

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  3. Brian

    I am a worship leader for my local church. We currently record our services directly to CD using a Tascam CD recorder. We are planning on using this device to capture the entire service, receiving it’s mix/output from an Aviom mixing unit. This will allow us to then do some post-recording editing on the audio. (ie – cutting up songs and adding fade ins / fade outs, etc.)

    Also potentially use to record worship team meetings with.

  4. Ken

    I got the ZOom H2 and have used it to do some recordings, both acoustic, and though a PA, and it does quite a good job! For stereo PA, just aim the speakers at a 90 degree angle and put the H2 where they intersect.

    I would like to try and get some nature sounds with it in 4-channel mode.

  5. Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  6. jeff

    I have the Zoom PS-04 recorder. It works great. I love the mixdown after I record and try the different mastering stereo mixes, but I can’t get that exact sound transferred to the PC. I’m coming out of the headphone jack 1/8″ plug and going into the 1/8″ on the PC then putting that in Reaper program. I don’t get the same sound with all the effects of the mastering when I transfer that to the PC.

    Any ideas???????????

  7. abesofmaine

    Hi Jeffery,

    The PS-04 is a discontinued product but there should still be plenty of literature out there to get support on the product. If you don’t have the manual for the product you can still get it online. Go to http://www.samsontech.com and click on the Zoom tab. Go to the products page and at the bottom click on the Discontinued Products button. You’ll see the PS-04 there. Click on it and at the bottom you will be able to download the manual.

    Have you tried bouncing the mixes down after you apply the effects? It looks like that might be the correct thing to do in order to have the effects applied.

  8. I am a performing musician. Not a week goes by that I’m not somewhere where “I wish I had recorded that”. I have Pro Tools LE for home studio work. My portable 2 track recording gear is straight out of the 90′s. 2 Shure SM-81′s to stereo tube pre-amp to stereo tube compressor/limiter straight to DAT. It is a chore to set up for recording (in addition to the PA and my own instruments and amplification). I bought a Boss Micro BR for recording ideas on the run. I admire and am jonesing for the Zoom H4 so I can record more and easier. I have a friend who has one. I’m looking real hard at them.

  9. Brian

    I am currently using a portable DAT with external mics to capture environmental sounds for sampling and to record my band’s practices and concerts. I’d like to get one of the new recorders for ease of setup and transfer of data to the computer for further editing.

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