1 (edited by Ellie R 11-06-2013 19:52:58)

Topic: Digital Dictaphones / Audio Recorders

Hiya,
Sorry if there has already been a thread about this (couldn't find one), but can anyone recommend a good value for money audio recorder / digital dictaphone? Nothing super-fancy required, I mainly need it for basic recording people talking / interviewing people, but the ability to record gigs would also be a good bonus.

Cheers!

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You can potentially do this on your phone dead cheap with an app. What type of phone do you have?

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yeah, was gonna say, if you've got a smartphone then you've got most of the problem solved. just get a half decent microphone

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If you are after a field recorder though my mate has this has a Tascam DR-05 2 GB and they are only £90 and surprisingly good.

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We use some £50 odd Olympus recorders for doing our interviews at work, no idea how they would be for music stuff though...

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gonna echo the smartphone response above.
i use my the standard voice recorder app on my iphone at practice all the time to record riffs and shit.
you can export to mp3 afterward for minimal fuss.

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What makes it worth using at all for recording music is it's capability to deal with higher SPL (basically amount of sound in the room) so whereas some phones will be ok for recording a little acoustic demo, they would be intelligible for loud punk.

Maybe try and source an old ZOOM H4 range / second hand, they used to fly of the shelves when I worked in audio sales a few years ago?

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depends how good the phone is and what you're doing with the recording. my girlfriend's (LOL) HTC One X sounded surprisingly good when she recorded a few songs at a gig recently, so i think phone tech in this regard is taking big strides.

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Thanks for the responses, my phone is an old crappy one unfortunately (although I like the cheap bills...). I definitely want to invest in a dictaphone as will need it a lot in the future. Think those Zoom ones might be a bit out of my price range. ChrisA, what is that one you got?

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I've always been resistant to expensive phones - but starting to think it might be worth it.  Won't need to lug around a separate camera, ipod, dictaphone or social life.

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Ellie R wrote:

Thanks for the responses, my phone is an old crappy one unfortunately (although I like the cheap bills...). I definitely want to invest in a dictaphone as will need it a lot in the future. Think those Zoom ones might be a bit out of my price range. ChrisA, what is that one you got?

Olympus LS10, very good for recording interviews and gigs as you know.

I think the LS12 is the lowest priced one they do now, not sure how it compares to mine.

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Good place to look for decent ones cheap: Gumtree

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ChrisA wrote:
Ellie R wrote:

Thanks for the responses, my phone is an old crappy one unfortunately (although I like the cheap bills...). I definitely want to invest in a dictaphone as will need it a lot in the future. Think those Zoom ones might be a bit out of my price range. ChrisA, what is that one you got?

Olympus LS10, very good for recording interviews and gigs as you know.

I think the LS12 is the lowest priced one they do now, not sure how it compares to mine.

These are pretty decent recorders for the price. What I've heard from the LS11 is pretty decent too.

The Zoom H1 is the cheapest in that range (about 80 quid) and I reckon would do a decent job.

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I use one a Roland Eridol for everything now, came across it quite by chance, but seems very easy to use.

http://www.amazon.com/Edirol-R-09-WAVE- … B000FPQFKO