Handheld Recorder Recommendation?

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  1. Poodlesrule

    Poodlesrule Well-Known Member

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    I attend three music festivals a year, with easy access close to stage, and it would be nice to have a few "clean" recordings, other than DSLR videos.

    Handheld recorder recommendation?
    Personal use only.
    I think most are quite good. User interface breaking ties?
     
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    I wonder how many folks really use recorders these days?
     
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    What would you think would be the tool of choice for my purpose, other than a Tascam or Zoom unit?
     

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    I had a good experience with one of those little dual mic tascam handhelds, I think it was the mid range one they offered a few years back, I'm sure they've only gotten better.
     
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    Ditto on the Tascam recommendation. I once used mine to record our band at a gig and was really pleasantly surprised. The only thing I don't like is that the USB connector is the old mini-B type, but I bet the newer ones have newer connectors.
     
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    I've had a Zoom H2 for a number of years. It's pretty easy to use and makes good recordings, but eats batteries pretty fast.
     
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    I was just reading a review on the H6 (or H5?). Battery issue was mentioned.

    I gotta look for some sale, GC or such.
     
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    Tascam. I've owned 2. One was a fancy version and the other, comparatively cheap. Both are solid choices.
     
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    Hey @Poodlesrule ,

    I’ll say, I recently grabbed an H6 for both my office (media production) and some music stuff, and it has been pretty overwhelmingly cool. Have used it both as essentially a standalone multi-channel mixer for a few mic inputs along with just a standalone stereo recorder. Was pretty impressed with the quality and flexibility. I can even just mount it on top of my DSLR and use it as the camera mic, which is nice on the go. More straightforward interface than some of the past Zoom products I had used, as well.

    But maybe a bit overkill for what you’re looking for? (By that I mean.. $$$$$).

    If you’re into having something flexible for other semi-studio uses in addition to getting clean audio at those festival recordings, then I definitely recommend it.
     
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    Ahem... still not decided on which recorder to get.
    Size is an issue, festival crowd, etc. and I do not need fancy features.
    Seems like when you go down in size, you also go down in sound quality (per reviews), and the built-in mics are fixed, quite directional... but units are small.
     
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    I had a Tascam that had the two mics on top, it was around $150 at the time. I recorded a few tracks of Devo at Hollywood Park in 2012. Sound was amazing! I can only imagine they have got better.
     
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    Settled on the Zoom H2n, as reviewers thought it was quite good for my purpose, live music at festivals.


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    There are a number of mics under the hood, and a wheel on top to select combos.
    Dimensions, important to me: 2.7 x 4.5 x 1.7" -- would have loved to get the H5, but it is significantly bigger, offers way more options like XLR inputs though.

    May also be useful for lectures and such, as I haven't fixed my hearing yet.
     
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    I left you a PM. Didn't see you had purchased something. Congrats!
     
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    The Tascam dr-05 directions read: press record button once to arm, press record button again to begin recording.

    It should read: PRESS THE RED BUTTON TWICE OR YOU WILL LOSE YOUR SHIT WHEN YOU GET HOME!
     
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