If one has a Mac to record, does it make sense to have ...?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by igmolinav, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    I just met a guy. He was very sad. He went to a folfk rock concert and apparently there was also slam-dancing. While "dancing", he lost either this:

    or this:

    I had always thought on having such a product. He said, he liked using it to record all kind of sounds during his travels. He mentioned the device could be very sensitive, (if desired), in order to record very imperceptive sounds.

    We shifted our conversation to photography after he told me that unknowingly during the slam-dance the recorder fell out of his pocket and got lost. The device was only two weeks old, and therefore he was a bit sad because of the loss!

    Anyways, I don't have a recorder like that, but you may. I wonder how practical is it to have one. I am tempted to have one. I usually record voice, (interviews), with my laptop. I am a grad student, I use an ibook.

    Any thoughts or comments are very welcome.

    Thank you very much, very kind regards,

  2. model citizen macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2009
    The Zooms are really great but hold out for a couple of months if you can because they're about to update the line and the Zoom H4 will be made smaller, lighter and significantly cheaper.
  3. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your message : ) !!!

    So, you mean, this model, the Zoom H4n will be cheaper, and the new model that replaces it may be a bit cheaper ?? Cool : ) !!!

    For when are more or less do you think that they will do the updates ??

    Thank you again, kind regards,

  4. MowingDevil macrumors 68000


    Jul 30, 2008
    Vancouver, BC & Sydney, NSW
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    "If one has a Mac to record, does it make sense to have ...?"

    Of course it makes sense.

    Different tools for different jobs.

    The "handheld" recorders can go places a Mac _couldn't_ go to.

    And the recorded output of those devices is easily transferred into DAW software on the Mac, for editing/processing, etc.
  6. deej999 macrumors regular

    Apr 1, 2009

    The zooms are good. Lots more pro portable recorders around now also. If you have an iPhone you can get a device to turn it into a good quality portable recorder too. It all comes down to what and why you are recording.
  7. Leddy macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hi Igmolinav,

    I have a Zoom H4N and it is quite reasonable depending on what you are wishing to record.

    The only issues I have with mine are:

    1) It chews through batteries very fast - I made an external battery pack for mine that lasts significantly longer than the two AA batteries.

    2) It has quite a high noise floor when used with an external mixer and mic - by this I mean depending on the way you use it, you will hear audible hiss when you play your recordings back. I'm not sure if this is an issue when it is used with the in-built XY mics, and it may not be, but I'd recommend trying one out in a store somewhere to determine whether it meets your requirements.

    I hope this information is of use to you.

  8. bassjunky macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    What device(s) is that?
  9. Leddy macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2008
    Hi Bassjunky,

    Alesis make a device called the ProTrack which enables you to record straight into your iPhone or iPod Touch. That's the only one I know of though there may be others.

  10. nesuser2 macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2004
    NW Ohio
    I have to agree...looks like a neat toy. However, with it's price tag...it would have to remain a toy that somebody else has, maybe after a while it will come down. Sure would be interesting to take one for a spin...
  11. TwoBytes macrumors 68030


    Jun 2, 2008
  12. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you to all of you for your answers : ) !!!

    @ Model Citizen - Yes, I'll wait : ) !!!

    @ Mowing Devil - I think I would get the H2 instead of the H4.

    @ Fishrrman & deej999 - Portability is important for me!

    @ Leddy - Yes, I am trying to avoid hiss as much as possible.

    @ Musio - How is the recording quality of an iPhone compared to a zoom ??

    Very kind regards,

  13. horiveira macrumors newbie

    Mar 4, 2010
    The Tascam DR-07 is a really great device for recording audio. I use it to record concerts and some interviews. Tascam has quite a few handheld recorders to select from, ranging from ultra-slim to ones with XLR inputs.

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