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Old Mar 21, 2007, 05:14 PM   #1
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Best pocket digital recorder for outdoor concerts?

What is the best outdoor digital recorder (stereo preferred) to capture live, outdoors concerts? It has to be pocketable of course.
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 05:19 PM   #2
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Old Mar 21, 2007, 05:36 PM   #3
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i'd say use a flash drive, not a minidisc. there are many flash recorders that'll do uncompressed audio.
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I've been thinking about getting a little flash recorder for a while now but have beeb hesitant because I don't know what the quality would be like.

How would it fair when having to record a *very loud* live performance?
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i'd say use a flash drive, not a minidisc. there are many flash recorders that'll do uncompressed audio.
The price/performance ratio on flash-based recorders over MD just doesn't make sense to me for for casual use.
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How would it fair when having to record a *very loud* live performance?
You clearly have a specific task in mind.

Try posting your budget and goals. We can help ... we just need enough info to do so.
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You clearly have a specific task in mind.

Try posting your budget and goals. We can help ... we just need enough info to do so.
Budget is <40. My goals are simply to get the best/clearest possible recording quality of a live band (drums, bass, guitars, vocals) in a crowded indoor venue.
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Budget is <40.
does that include the concert tickets?
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does that include the concert tickets?
No, gigs I go to cost in the 5 - 15 regions. I don't with to record at these gigs though, I want to record university bands that play live shows on campus.
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anything approaching a decent recording starts w/ mic placement, up near the instruments and away from the crowds. if you're doing a kind of engineering thing for the band (i.e. with their permission), 40 quid will get you a couple mic cables and not much else.

if you're planning on recording on the sly from the crowd, save your money and borrow a video camera to try out as a recording device. that's what a handheld recorder from the crowd will sound like.
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Budget is <40. My goals are simply to get the best/clearest possible recording quality of a live band (drums, bass, guitars, vocals) in a crowded indoor venue.
You'll need mics and a recorder. $80US ain't gonna do it.
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anything approaching a decent recording starts w/ mic placement, up near the instruments and away from the crowds. if you're doing a kind of engineering thing for the band (i.e. with their permission), 40 quid will get you a couple mic cables and not much else.

if you're planning on recording on the sly from the crowd, save your money and borrow a video camera to try out as a recording device. that's what a handheld recorder from the crowd will sound like.
Sony recorder then?
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Sony recorder then?
http://www.sweetwater.com/feature/ha...ders/pcmd1.php $$$
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M-Audio, Zoom and Edirol also have flash recorders but you're looking at $300 $400 and up, plus microphones if the built in ones don't cut it.
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anything approaching a decent recording starts w/ mic placement, up near the instruments and away from the crowds. if you're doing a kind of engineering thing for the band (i.e. with their permission), 40 quid will get you a couple mic cables and not much else.

if you're planning on recording on the sly from the crowd, save your money and borrow a video camera to try out as a recording device. that's what a handheld recorder from the crowd will sound like.
I know that this is the best way to record a band, but I was simply wondering if you can get a sound that is anywhere near acceptable using just a handheld recorder. I'm a Music and Sound Technologu undergraduate, I swear I'm not completely ignorant in this topic, I've just had no experience whatsoever with handheld recorders
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I was simply wondering if you can get a sound that is anywhere near acceptable using just a handheld recorder.
with the right placement and pre-production, yes.
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with the right placement and pre-production, yes.
Okay thanks, I'll do a bit of research and try it out in a couple of weeks, I'm sure I can borrow a Minidisk recorder from someone. Thanks for the help.
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Yeah there's a cheaper copy of the Sony device above. One that is only like $300, but looks and operates similarly. Works quite well I've heard. I cannot recall the manufacturer.

Edit: I think it's the Zoom one. Someone mentioned how it works pretty good.

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Go to www.taperssection.com and browse around there. Lots of options here, but very few in that low price range.
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