Best (cheapish) handheld/small recorder?

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  1. Jupa3

    Jupa3 Member

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    Hello all, I don't have a laptop, and my stack can't come to my apartment, so I want a relatively inexpensive ($120 or less preferably) way to record my set up just for myself, maybe some band practices too.

    I know Zoom and Tascam make products in this price range, I was wondering if anyone here had an personal experiences of recommendations?
     
  2. OldBlack

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    Just use your iPhone, maybe add something like the taascam im2
     
  3. Jupa3

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    I've seen those products......... I have Android.
     
  4. Jupa3

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    .... whoops, can a mod move this to Recording/Live Sound? My bad.
     
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    My older zoom unit (audio only) does better than my newer audio/vid unit (forget the brand) and my phone does as well as either and is easier to move the files around. The older zoom unit should be pretty cheap these days. Maybe 5 years old.
     
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    I've used a Yamaha PocketTrak CX for several years now & love it.
    Retails about $150, but you can probably get 15-20% off somewhere.

    It's got all the bells & whistles, including limiter, folders, and zip drive functionality. USB rechargeable battery that'll record for about 12 hours.

    I do have to put on my glasses to read the display.

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    Zoom H2 or H2N; awesome products.
     
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    B&H had these on sale for $80. I got GC to price match. If you want to be able to do overdubbing, it's a nice unit. It's fun to build up sound on sound songs... even if you have to essentially do a full mix down every step of the way. Check it out! (I did end up buying a Sennheisser e385 for vocals, but it works great with the unit!)

    https://reverb.com/item/359007-tasc...id=pla&pla=1&gclid=CMWh0Pr6q8UCFQwLaQod23AA3w
     
  10. Squatch57

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    My Sony has never let me down...go analog!

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    I've had a Zoom H2 for a long time. It is very accurate and versatile. I am concerned it will outlive the SD memory card tech life. The screen is a little small.
    The problem with phone is the mic is so small that the sound needs to be greatly compressed in order to be useable.
     
  12. OOG

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    I had one of those for years
    Got a record deal with a cassette made with it
    Great recorder!
     
  13. 0xeneye

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    Exactly.
     
  14. mac jones

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    That picture of the Sony is curious.

    Could you elaborate on it's use?

    thanks
     
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    I mainly kept the Sony so I could run off some old cassettes
    But recently I realised it's usefulness for recording Soundcloud type stuff away from the PC
    I'm thinking it might also be good as a mic pre to feed into the PC, the pre's in it are pretty good

    I haven't loaded any recordings into Soundcloud yet, but they should have a nice analog sound
    I just haven't bothered getting a PC interface yet, but I will soon
    I've been away from the recording scene for a while playing bluegrass music, but now I'm going ambient psychedelic heh
     

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