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Small handheld portible recorder for military wives choir
My sister sings in a devision of the military wives choir and they are looking at buying a small portable recorder similar to the Zoom H2?
this is just to record and listen back to rehearsals and possible upload to there website. they are looking to spend up to £150
the only features they really need is to record stereo then preferably a line out to plug into there rehearsal PA to listen back. also there are not the most technically minded people so as simple as possible to work and get audio files off is the best.
they currently using an Ipad but are worried the lady whose ipad they use may get reposted ...
I am a where there are dozens of units like this but having only ever used a tascam DR-100 which is way out of budget was just after some guidance
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1) Can the recorder be fastened to a mic-stand or tripod easily? Many amateur recordings I hear are marred by almost constant handling noise or being placed inappropriately on a table or something as it was the only satisfactory means of supporting the recorder - but in a dire position for getting a useful, balanced recording.
2) How 'stereo' are the mics? Sometimes, although there are two mics, they are omnidirectional. Now I love spaced-omnis for recording choirs, but the stero effect with mics about an inch apart would be virtually non-existent. Look for cardioid mics in an X/Y configuration - ie mics at 45 degrees and facing inwards.
Don't know if you've found a good site to compare machines. If not, check-out SOLID STATE SOUND . A great range of products, with good descriptions, and at competitive prices. (I have no connection with them.)
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They have a small camera-style threaded attachment for tripods etc, rather than a mic stand-compatible one but that's what all the hand held recorders I've seen have, and you get a little plastic handle to screw into it free which goes some way to reducing handling noise.
If I needed another similiar thing, I'd go for the same again.
I have a Sony D50, which is probably the most well-used thing I have, but that is a step up, budget wise.
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Also the Tascam range is good.
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