Best pocket digital recorder for outdoor concerts?

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    princealfie

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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    does that include the concert tickets?
     
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    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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    You'll need mics and a recorder. $80US ain't gonna do it.
     
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    Sony recorder then? :)
     
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    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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    with the right placement and pre-production, yes.
     
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    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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