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Digital rehearsal recording on the cheap?

Discussion in 'Recording/Live Sound' started by PTS, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. PTS

    PTS Member

    Apr 12, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm on a tight budget and don't have a few hundred bucks laying around to buy a nice digital recorder. Any suggestions how I can mono record a band in rehearsal on the cheap, with the option of later USB transfering the files to hard drive?

    I was thinking of an inexpensive pocket digital voice recorder, but was wondering if it's going to distort?

    I'd prefer it not to... :phones
  2. GregoryL

    GregoryL Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2008
    Toronto, ON
    If you have an iPod, our drummer uses a simple Belkin mic attached to his iPod ... actually it sounds quite good.
  3. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 26, 2008
    Southern California
    Personal Voice Recorders are a very affordable alternative. They are mostly mono and they don't record the full frequency spectrum, but they are cheap and portable. The trick is getting the input volume correct since they're normally designed for speech. But, you can find a decent one with USB connectivity for $75-$150.

    Here's a search I did on Musicians Friend that has several viable options:


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