Today I talk about when you are first starting out, you can record directly into your computer – if it sounds OK. You don't NEED a portable recorder, but most people WANT a portable recorder as it sounds better. The models I mentioned are:

Edirol R-09HR $283
Edirol R-09HR High-Resolution WAVE/MP3 Recorder

Zoom Hn4 $299
Zoom H4n Handy Portable Digital Recorder

Zoom H2 $145
Zoom H2 Handy Portable Stereo Recorder

Zoom h1 $95
Zoom H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder

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2 comments on “Do I Really Need A Portable Recorder?
  1. Dave, Great episode. When you were talking about the Zoom H4n, You said that the inputs were only XLR. This isn’t true. The XLR jacks are a multi style that accept XLR or 1/4 inch inputs. The H4n also has a stereo 1/8 inch mini jack that accepts a Microphone (like a lapel lav) input that mutes the on board stereo condensers.

    As I’m sure you know, the real benefits of this recorder is that you can record from both mic inputs and the on board condensers all at the same time for a four track recording. This is great for live events were I can give two speakers hand held or lapel mics, and use the on boards to record questions from the audience.

    I’m thinking of experimenting and seeing I can record from a stereo source like a laptop or iPod into the mini jack, and then two mics into the XLRs for a mobile podcast rig with no need for a mixer.

    I really enjoy your Podcast.

  2. Dave Jackson says:

    Gary you are so true. I forget they are multiple types as I only use them as XLR. Thanks for the heads up.

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