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Discuss pocket/portable recorders: brands, usage, settings, etc. Share recorded samples, tips, tricks, advice.

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Latest Activity: Jan 11, 2014

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Zoom H6

Do I need another portable recorder? No, I don't.Did I order up the new Zoom H6 the first week it was available ... yes, I did (head hung in shame).I unpacked it very carefully so I could hopefully…Continue

Started by Fran Guidry Aug 18, 2013.

Zoom Q3HD for Acoustic Recording for YouTube 5 Replies

Anyone using the Q3HD for recording acoustic for YouTube? I found a few YouTube reviews of the product. just wondering what this group thinks about it.

Tags: video, acoustic, Recording

Started by Bill Sovitsky. Last reply by Fran Guidry Dec 23, 2012.

Anyone know GarageBand well? 7 Replies

I've been using GB for quite a while for simple tweaking of songs I record. Nothing heavy handed just a little reverb, etc.Yesterday I brought a song from my Zoom H2 into GB, started playing it back…Continue

Tags: GarageBand

Started by Terry Angelli. Last reply by Terry Angelli Dec 28, 2011.

Video recorder advice? 20 Replies

I'm interested in purchasing a portable video recorder that will do a respectable job of recording live performances. I've been advised that there are two leading units, each with their own…Continue

Tags: live, recorder, Video

Started by Matt Richards. Last reply by Fran Guidry Mar 5, 2011.

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Comment by nick g on January 11, 2014 at 8:59am

I'll have to check out that Q3HD. Looks pretty good from the quick searches I did. 

Comment by Iain Gillespie Brennan on January 8, 2014 at 2:12pm
Hi Nick,my first recorder,was the H2, I couldn't believe the simplicity and quality,of that little recorder,my only criticism,was that it's controls were fiddly to use,but worth the trouble,I gave it away to a young fella,starting out playing guitar and recording himself,I later bought the Q3HD,-which I still have and use,best piece of equipment for recording,I've ever owned,I'm not a techno freak, I like to play guitar,with minimum fuss,this does it for me.
Comment by nick g on January 6, 2014 at 12:30pm

I have home recording gear, both computer-based and stand-alone, but was looking for a smaller, more portable unit that was fast to start up when I had ideas. It didn't need to be amazing quality, but very good, and possibly something I could use on certain final tracks, if wanted. I was looking at digital classroom recorders online, but they weren't exactly what I needed. 

After reading a few articles, I picked up a Zoom H2 surround sound recorder. I love that thing, and have used it for quick ideas that I want to keep a record of, to full acoustic jam sessions. Placing in the middle of a group of players is perfect, and the channel separate is amazing when listened to on good headphones. I'll also use it for various ambient audio, Fall forest walks, rain storms, and foley work for video and indie films. My only gripe is that I wish it would more sturdy, but some of the new units seems to have addressed that.

For most ideas today, I actually just use an MP3 recording app on my phone. Works great, and there's not need to transfer the files. I can go right from an idea to emailing it within seconds, or posting it to my SoundCloud account so I can collaborate with my band or other collaborators. 

Not having to sit down, churn up a computer, set up the interfaces, mics, and all that makes it much faster and easier to get ideas down, and makes the creative process much more fluid, being less of a hindrance. 

Comment by Don Lawson on July 27, 2013 at 12:01pm

I am looking at the Zoom R24 Multitrack Recorder/Interface/Controller ... has any one used or have feedback on... or have compared this unit ti similar units... it retails in Canada for about $500... i need to ensure that it will interface with an early 2008 imac... thanks for the feedback in advance... 
I'm looking to record my wife and i guitars - mics / also few friends will join us at times... I'm looking first for a clean track(s) and then add other instruments (i.e. banjo, uke, mandolin, cello) including a keyboard later... 

Comment by Terry Angelli on December 26, 2012 at 5:44pm
Great tips from all and I thank you for them. I plan on trying all of the techniques once I get my little studio set up. And I was "shocked" to see shock mounts in the $250.00 range on music equipment sites. :-)
Comment by Rick Heenan on December 26, 2012 at 7:42am

There is a technique called "working the mic" that the folks in radio use. Just like mic'ing an amp, move your head around the mic to find the optimum spot.  Where the P's don't pop.  Angled to one side or the other works best, so the energy of the pop doesn't slam full force into the diaphragm.  JMHO

Comment by Fran Guidry on December 25, 2012 at 9:16pm

I've been experimenting with vocals lately, in the past most of my recording has been exclusively instrumental but I'm branching out a bit. I'm a Pretty BaD PoPPer so that's something I'm addressing. I've found that moving the mic out of the direct air stream can be more effective than a screen. Either above the mouth or off to one side about 45 degrees or so really goes a long way toward cleaning up the sound.

Shock mounts - good ones are expensive and not good ones are not much good.


Comment by Phil Manuel on December 25, 2012 at 6:28pm

Happy Holidays to you too Terry!

As for both of those items, yes they are good to have, especially the pop filter.  The shock mount is nice, but if you are careful not to bang around too much while you play, you can get by without one.  The pop filters aren't that expensive, I got mine from Amazon for about $20 or less on sale.  If your lady has a pair of panty hose with a run, save them, and you can fashion one using it and an old wire hanger.  Take a look at them and you can see there's really nothing that much too them.  Some kind of thin foam, prolly find some packing foam like in something you've bought.

The pop filter is nice because it gets rid of those harsh 'shuhs' and 'tuhs' and 'peas' and protects the mic from overloading your recording with spikes.  Again, it depends on your mic placement.  The closer you place your mouth to the mic while recording the more you will need it.  If you are 8" or more, shouldn't be much of a problem. 

Comment by Terry Angelli on December 25, 2012 at 5:03pm
Fran & Phil,
Happy holidays to you too and thanks for the condenser mic info. I got a large diaphragm Sterling brand mic I just cant remember the model. I was aware that the condensers are much more sensitive but having never used one I had no idea just how much.

Since we're on the subject is a shock mount a necessity? And what about a pop screen? My guess is that it wouldn't hurt to have them but right now the budget is stretched due to the holidays. What do you think?
Comment by Phil Manuel on December 24, 2012 at 2:34pm

 I've got a MXL v67g large condensor type mic and a v67n small condenser.  Not trashnig these mics, just havent found a way to get the presense and warmth I'm looking to get out of the small condenser.  I don't have very expensive gear or software to help in the mixing, which may improve my results.  Through all of my recordings, I've grown to appreciate folks who have the talent to engineer and record sound. 


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