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Hey All,

I’m looking for a cheap/reliable/easy-to-use soudn recorder. Anything you’d recommend?



by Daniel Etter at 2006-07-29 15:25:24 UTC (ed. Mar 12 2008 ) Paris , France | Bookmark | | Report spam→

I recently bought the Microtrack 24/96 at www.m-audio.com (Je l’ai achete a Tokyo et m’a coute environ 350 USD) on their website it is more expensive.
It is an outstanding recording little gadget and the mic included is just perfect.

A +

by [former member] | 29 Jul 2006 15:07 | Rome, Italy | | Report spam→
Ditto on the 24/96, just got one myself and it’s been outstanding so far. I paid about the same as Tomas from powermax.com – they were great, as it was on back order when I ordered it but they called and emailed to keep me updated. Not sure what it costs to ship from PowerMax (in Oregon) to France.

by Brendan Hoffman | 29 Jul 2006 17:07 | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
You might wanna look at the Edirol R-09 also… though I have no personal experience of it, but reviews seem good.


Rgds, Ben

by Ben Curtis | 29 Jul 2006 17:07 | Beirut, Lebanon | | Report spam→
Try this one. The price is more than good.

by [former member] | 29 Jul 2006 21:07 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
Edirol R-09 is great. Small (so small it’s hard to to take seriously…) , AA batteries, easy interface. I’m happy…

by [former member] | 29 Jul 2006 22:07 | Phnom Penh, Cambodia | | Report spam→
Thanks. Unfortunately, Edirol and Microtrack are a bit out of my price range. Do you feel that sound recording distracts you from shooting?

by Daniel Etter | 29 Jul 2006 23:07 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
We probe, with a couple of friends, that actually sound recording distract you from shooting. In the next assignment, we will use a sound guy (I hope a journo) capable to get good sound and good interviews.

by [former member] | 29 Jul 2006 23:07 | Santiago, Chile | | Report spam→
If you do consider the Micro-Track, keep in mind that it has a built-in battery which cannot be swapped out, and does not have the longest battery life in the world. See if eBay has any available for a less-than-street price.

by ABC | 30 Jul 2006 00:07 | San Francisco, CA, United States | | Report spam→
Recently I bought mp3 player, no bland name here in Bangkok, it’s quite small but it has all I needed, mp3 player, recording, FM radio, telephone book and storage.

This one below here!

I’m using it for interview. It can record through internal microphone with 32K wav file and could transport to the computer with USB port, works either Mac or PC. The one I have is 256MB and could save a recording up to 17 hours. It’s enough for me.
I also enjoy listening to Thai classic pop music with FM radio with it and it can be recorded as well so that can play favorite tune from FM again.. It costs about US$30 or so here.
You may not be able to find it in Paris though!

If you have iPod? then you could also think iPod recording with microphone adapter.



by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 00:07 (ed. Jul 30 2006) | Bangkok, Thailand | | Report spam→
i use a pod microphone with my i-pod. Works fantastic and great on clarity as well.

by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 05:07 | Darjeeling, India | | Report spam→
Daniel, if you need it only for interviews, then you don’t need the m-audio Microtrack, but if you are considering working with sound and multimedia, then I’d certainly recommend you get one. Mike has a point though, the only drawback is the battery life. But..so far I have made sure to charge it every time I am going to use it. Et voila.


by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 06:07 | Rome, Italy | | Report spam→
What about Fostex FR-2LE:


Anyone had experience with it? How does it compare to micro-track and/or Edirol?

by Antoine Jean-Marie | 30 Jul 2006 10:07 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Review of Microtrack 24/96 on digital media:


by Antoine Jean-Marie | 30 Jul 2006 10:07 | Brussels, Belgium | | Report spam→
Has someone used a MiniDisc recorder (I have a Sony )?
I used it for interviews and ground noises-sounds (mostly of work must be supported by a good microphone…).

Any suggestion about?

by [former member] | 30 Jul 2006 13:07 | hot torino, Italy | | Report spam→
I’m currently using a Sony RH-910 Hi-MD minidisk and I really like it. Unlike the M-Audio unit, it has batteries that are swappable in the field. It’s sound quality is equal to the M-Audio and Edirol but it’s 1/2 the price.

by Jonathan Castner | 30 Jul 2006 14:07 | Denver, United States | | Report spam→
I just got done editing work I recorded with a mini disc, and it was a nighmare! I bought one since you can pick them up used on craig’s list or e-bay – I didn’t have the $450 for a digital recorder, so that was a short term fix.
The problem is the feeding of the audio into the computer in real time. Since I didn’t have the turn-around time to feed in all of my interviews as complete pieces – some were as long as 50, 60 minutes – I ended up going just for the edited bits according to my time logs. It took forever, and was insanely annoying, to try to cue up the MD to the desired point in the recording. It took me about 16 hours or more to prep a rough cut of a 10 minute multi-media piece/. I guess the lesson is, if you think you may need to edit in this way, make sure to chop your pieces into lots of short tracks as you record.
I liked the technology fine when doing short interviews, and the sound quality is great with a good mic, but I have also heard from several friends about erasing recordings accidentally. Plus, my first MD died on me when I tried to use it outside in the winter – in which case you’re screwed, and lose the last thing you recorded, because the thing doesn’t save the track until after you hit the stop button.
So, lots of draw backs. I wouldn’t recommend it.

by Katja Heinemann | 31 Jul 2006 14:07 (ed. Jul 31 2006) | Brooklyn, United States | | Report spam→
I just got a Sony MZ-M10 mini disc with the HD 1GB mini-discs along with a Audio-Technica AT822 microphone for recording ambient sound and folk music. The MZ-M10 is USB and works with Macs as well.

by Davin Ellicson | 31 Jul 2006 21:07 | Great Barrington, Massachusett, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve had good luck with a marantz pmd 660 and an akg c1000s mic, both can be had at B&H. This is really better for getting audio for multimedia, a little more than is needed for just recording for memory, although I’ve used it for that as well. It does take a little knowledge to run one (about ten minutes explanation was all I needed, but I’d have been struggling for a long while with the manual otherwise), though. I usually interview separately from the photography, because the one gets in the way of the other. hope this helps- Matt

by Matthew Mills | 01 Aug 2006 09:08 (ed. Aug 1 2006) | Santa Fe, NM, United States | | Report spam→
Thanks for your replies. In the face of my finacial limits I went for a good (hopefully) mic to go with my MD. Hope that works. I see the question of audio editing (Flash?) coming up in about ten days, but I do not want to worry about it now. Now it is time for some photography, finally.

by Daniel Etter | 01 Aug 2006 15:08 | Paris, France | | Report spam→

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