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    Hi folks
    I'm looking for advice on buying a hand held recorder.
    Would like to record,.. say my voice,.. then go in and add whatever. Any advice would be welcome. Thanks

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    Well there are two brands that keep popping up with good reviews and comments for small recorders. Those brands are Tascam and Zoom. I use a Tascam ecause it has plug ins for an external mic. https://www.sweetwater.com/store/det...E&gclsrc=aw.ds Many people like this Zoom
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    I have used the older model Zoom H2 for years. The mics are fantastic - really amazing sound quality, and much better than you would expect from a small recorder like this. It also doubles as a USB mic, and I have been using it for all my work Zoom teleconferences (just noticed the name similarity). The newer H2N is an update - it has a speaker. You can get a used H2 for less than $100.

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    When you talk about "going in and adding whatever.." are you thinking about multitrack recording, overdubbing another layer on to your existing track. I use the Tascam DR-05 and like it a lot, but those small recorders are maybe not so good for multitracking. I believe that some of the more sophisticated models can multitrack, but on the Tascam I will uplod my tracks to my computer and do any mixing, etc from there. Check the specifications of any model you might be thinking about.
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    The Tascam DP-006 sits in a nice sweet spot between the small portables and the larger multi-tracks. The mics are great, and you can export to WAV (for a DAW) or mix and finish in the box. Has a threaded insert for a tri-pod mount, too.

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    I have both Tascams and a Zoom both will produce very good recordings but I think the Zoom recorder is easier to learn to use. If you do your homework online you'll make the right choice. There are a lot of youtube videos on the using the different models.

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    I have an Olympus LS-11 that I got about 10 years ago for recording gigs. It's proven very reliable and I still use it to this day. The built-in mics are good but there is a stereo mic input and line input too. Not multitrack. Output is WAV.

    If you're looking for multitrack, there's tons of free/cheap software options such as Garage Band, Audacity, Ardour, etc...
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    FWIW, a bandmate recently recorded one of our practices with his phone (not sure what model) and he made copies on CDr's for us and it sounded like it was recorded in a studio! All he did was lay his phone on top of a table, no mics or anything special.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Mando View Post
    FWIW, a bandmate recently recorded one of our practices with his phone (not sure what model) and he made copies on CDr's for us and it sounded like it was recorded in a studio! All he did was lay his phone on top of a table, no mics or anything special.
    Thank you everyone for the good and timely advise. I figured I could count on you guys.

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