Good quality recording machine for catching ideas?

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  1. Jackangus

    Jackangus Senior Member

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    Hi there fellas,
    I'm after buying a reasonable sounding recorder for catching ideas.
    A budget of around $250 max.
    I'm using my mobile phone at the moment, and the sound really sucks and it's filling up fast.

    Just need something I can press record and have a strum and sing, and have it sounding decent.

    Cheers guys.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    EDIT: Sorry, my mind skipped over the part where you wanted to catch your vocals.
     
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    Who I'm back. Back in the New York groove.

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    How portable do you need it? Is it just for capturing ideas, or do you want to do a little more with the recording?

    For capturing ideas, the phone in your pocket probably can do an excellent job.
     
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    John Scrip Senior Member

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    The Zoom (H4N Pro?) is a pretty capable little box...
     
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    Would be nice to do other things as well.
    Does not have to be portable.
     
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    I have an H6 for mobile recording (video mostly) and it is CRAZY how much that little machine can do. Looking at the H4N Pro, that thing is killer too!!!

    https://www.zoom-na.com/products/field-video-recording/field-recording/zoom-h4n-pro-handy-recorder

    Aside from going the interface/DAW/computer direction, this seems to be a nice solution....

    Here are some other options:

    https://www.sweetwater.com/c1008--D...ms=eyJmYWNldCI6eyJQcmljZSBSYW5nZSI6WyI1Il19fQ

    Just kind of pick your feature set for the price and go for it!!
     
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    Jackangus Senior Member

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    Thanks for the great recommendations.
    The Zoom H4N looks great.
    The fact is can be a 4 track would be very handy indeed.
    Would the remote control be something to get? I can buy it with or without the remote.
    Costs more with the remote of course.

    What is the sound quality like?
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    I have an H6 and the clarity is amazing. However, the sound is only as good as what you give it...if that makes sense.

    The remote might be useful. Zoom sells any and all accessories separate.
     
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    Is it a half decent 4 track recorder?
    So I don't really need the remote then?
     
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    DarrellV About as sharp as a bowlin' ball! -NPM Silver Supporter Premium Member

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    Beat me to it! :thumb:
     
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    mmd Senior Member

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    Based on my H6, yeah it should be a cool little device. I don't use the H6 very often, but I am always pleased. I have never multitracked with it because I have a ProTools HD system. I use the X/Y Mic for live recording and the H6 as the audio input for my gopro camera.

    As far as the remote...I have not seen a need for it.
     
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  12. northernguitarguy

    northernguitarguy SWeAT hOg

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    What computer do you use? If it's a Mac, garageband works like a charm, you just need an interface. I can only imagine that Windows has similar programs available.
     
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    I use a Boss BR 80. 8 track or straight forward recorder. Loads of features and compact enough to slip into a gig bag.
     
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    +1 on the Zoom H6. I use it all the time to record gigs and rehearsals. Great device. Great sound, XLR inputs with an optional extension to add two more for a total of six. Can also be either a storage device or an audio interface when plugged in to a computer's USB. Really flexible, really handy and outstanding sound quality.
     
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    Beat me to it. I had the Boss BR-80 for a while and it was pretty nice for just putting down multitrack ideas. Has built-in drum patterns and decent built-in guitar effects as you might expect from Boss.
     
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    Is there a certain type of memory card you need for the Zoom H4 pro? I have just ordered the Zoom and it takes SD/SDHC cards but there are a lot of different SD/SDHC cards to buy.
    I don't want to buy one that is too slow or something like that.
    Any ideas?
     
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    I use a Boss BR80. Has built in stereo mic and a guitar input. Can record 8 tracks. Has built in drum patterns and Boss amp sims and fx. Perfect for quiet practice and getting ideas down. It has built in backing tracks which are actually pretty useful for just noodling, didn't think I'd use them but I do.
     
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