At 09:15 AM 2010-03-18, Jones, Randye wrote:
>I'm looking for a small digital recorder that will a good job of
>capturing the singing voice. Most I've seen are more suited to
>recording speech. Any suggestions? BTW, price *is* an object.
The price-performance continuum presents difficult choices because
adequate performance for one person may be inadequate for another.
The digital "voice" recorders fall off the curve and into the "bit
bucket" as far as I'm concerned. You really want an "audio" recorder,
not a "voice" recorder.
I think the lowest price recorder on the market--at least the one
that I have used--is the Zoom H2 and, for the price, it's amazing. I
think it's around $140 in the US these days. My other digital
recording system is a pair of DPA 4006TL mics and Sound Devices 722
recorder. The DPAs/SD blow away the Zoom, but they should as the
price difference is around 50x.
There is an interesting series of blog posts here:
I would only purchase ONE of any of the recorders straight away so
you can be sure it meets your needs. The Zoom H2 met my needs for
several applications and one of the needs was lowest cost acceptable
option, but as they say, your mileage may vary.
How you plan on operating may influence your choice.
One of the things I like about the H2 is that it is a true
four-channel recorder with four directional mics under the grille
which provides me with lots of options for oral histories and other
applications. It does surprisingly well for the price on music. I
have successfully intermixed Zoom recordings with those from my
high-end rig and they did NOT stand out like sore thumbs.
One other question you did not ask: How are you going to store the
files. I record at 44.1 ks/s, 24 bits on the Zoom H2s most of the
time. That's about 1 GB per hour. Depending on where you are going
with this, you might want to use 48 ks/s which will produce a
slightly larger file. You probably should use 24 bits and set levels
Recording to MP3s is an option for saving storage space, but at a
loss of quality.
Good luck -- please let us know how you slice this pie.
Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask]
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