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Portable Recorder / Mics

Hi -

I'm trying to figure out the best option for purchasing a portable recorder and mics. I'm mainly looking to record solo piano right now, but I will probably also use it in other situations down the road, such as jazz combo.

I've been looking at the zoom H5 and H6, as well as the zoom F4 and F6 and the Sound Devices MixPre-3 II. For mics, I'm mainly looking at the zoom capsules, the Audio-Technica AT2022 X/Y Stereo Microphone, and 2 RØDE NT5 mics with additional omni capsules. I've also considered the Tascam DR-100mkIII.

Comparing Two Portable Recorders

Here I compare two currently available digital mobile audio recorders, one called R1 and the other R2, to avoid being influenced by brand prejudices.

Please comment which one you like better on this application.

For the techies:
Both recorders have two condenser microphones. The recording was done simultaneously with both, one sitting on top of the other about 45cm from the guitar top, to have them as closly as possible in the same position relatively to the guitar.

Best Portable Mono Mic for Vocals?

Hello guys and girls.
This year I am travelling around and I want to record vocals from time to time. Thats why I need a portable handy microphone that I can carry around and of course is able to record Mono (I have a RØDE at home but its too much luggage, as I would need a Recording device too).
It does not have to be an ultra professional Mic, but good quality and Handy.

Portable tracking booth

Portable Vocal Tracking System.

I'm thinking about a portable tracking booth to take "wherever" I can for the purpose of recording the gifted solo artists around my area.
Just like many of us who can sing and play rhythm to their original songs, there are hundreds of people like this who want to record themselves (better than they can) and possibly have professionals like me and my group of international "collaborators" build songs for them.

Should I go portable?

I've already bought a Focusrite Scarlett 18i20 (4 preamps and USB) for £250 off amazon. I am still within my return window. Should I instead return that and get a Focusrite Saffire Pro 40, second hand, off eBay for around £200, although it works out at around the same price due to the cost of a FireWire cable and the £25 FireWire to Thunderbolt adapter? The Saffire is an interface with 8 preamps that are extremely similar to the Scarlett, but it's rackmount.

Portable recorder

Good morning,

I need your consultation: my Tascam HD-P2 is in assistance and probably I'll need to buy a new recorder.
I made a list of devices may fit my demands, of course you can suggest something else:

Tascam HD-P2 Portable Stereo CF Recorder
Edirol / Roland R-44 Solid-State Four-Channel Portable Field Recorder
Tascam DR-100mkII - Portable 2-Channel Linear PCM Recorder

Tascam DR-680MKII Portable Multichannel Recorder