Portable Digital Recorders

by Trevor Collins ·Posted
NAMM 2024 has barely commenced and yet a plethora of exciting new products have already been announced. From handheld recorders, streaming mixers, and compact audio interfaces to headphones, microphones, and wireless systems, we’ve assembled some of the most interesting new pro audio products coming out of NAMM this year. And without further ado, let’s jump in. Zoom H-essential Series Zoom’s original H Series revolutionized the portable audio recording landscape by providing users with an on-the-go solution featuring high-quality stereo mic
by Robert Rives ·Posted
Zoom’s original H Series revolutionized the portable audio recording landscape by providing users with an on-the-go solution featuring high-quality stereo mic arrays and easy-to-use recording functions. Not content to rest on its laurels, the company has added three new models to the lineup: the H1essential, the
by Trevor Collins ·Posted
In today’s crowded and fast-paced media landscape, quality portable audio recording has never been more important. Whether you’re interested in podcasting, streaming, content creation, or audio-for-video applications, having a way to record high-quality audio in a lightweight, easily transported package is a must. To answer this call, TASCAM has released its next-generation field recorder, the Portacapture X6, which
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
Did you enjoy the fireworks? After a short break for the summer, we're ready to get back to work. There are quite a few announcements to cover this week. Sony is up first, releasing a new camera, lens, and microphone. These were big-deal releases, too, with a new flagship APS-C mirrorless a6700 joining the lineup, a serious update to the
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It’s clear teenage engineering's TP-7 Digital Tape Recorder has that wow factor. Not only is this digital tape recorder ultra-portable, but it also allows for hours of audio recording and doubles as a USB audio interface. Join Gabe Richards as he presents an overview of the TP-7’s features and how to use it. 0:00 - Introduction 1:02 - Physical Specs and Use 4:26 - How it Works 6:26 - More Complex Setups 7:39 - Final
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TASCAM has announced the DR-10L Pro, an updated version of its popular lavalier microphone and miniature recorder combo. The DR-10L Pro expands the original version's feature set by adding increased microSDXC capacity, extended battery life, optional Bluetooth capabilities, timecode support, and, best of all, 32-bit float recording capability. DR-10L Pro Because the recorder is tiny enough to hide right on your subject,
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Jake Estes takes a quick look at the Tascam Portacapture X8 High-Resolution Multi-Track Handheld Recorder, featuring a large touchscreen, 32-bit float resolution to avoid clipping, and tailored modes for music, field, podcast, ASMR, and other voice-recording applications.  What are some of the feature you appreciate about this handheld recorder? List them in the Comments section, below. 
by Sam Mallery and Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
Nowadays, many people are using portable digital recorders like the Zoom H4n, Zoom H6, or Tascam DR-40X to record the audio during video shoots with DSLR/mirrorless cameras. Now you need some real-world advice about using this
by BH Online Videos ·Posted
The new iZotope Spire Studio is the perfect piece of technology for tracking and recording music or musical ideas while on the go. This mini studio features an omnidirectional mic, a soundcheck feature for adjusting gain, built-in effects, and an easy-to-use mobile app for additional options.
by BH Online Videos ·Posted
In the following video, “AB” demonstrates the Zoom F1 Field Recorder, and how it can be a useful addition to any professional sound engineers inventory. This video explores the functions, controls, and features of the Zoom F1, including the inputs and outputs, signal flow, and peripherals including the SGH-6 shotgun mic module and the LMF-1 omnidirectional lavalier
by Shawn C. Steiner ·Posted
The moment I saw the Zoom F1 Field Recorder, I knew that it was something I would be adding to my everyday bag. Over the years, I have been on set and worked with many audio recorders, from fully featured multi-track recorders like the Sound Devices MixPre-6 to tiny handheld options like the Zoom H1n though, for most shoots, I’ve stuck with something right in the middle—a Zoom H4n. Unfortunately, when I’m paring down my kit to a simple run-
by Phillip Nichol… ·Posted
Sound Devices has been a long-respected name in the world of professional portable mixers and recorders. Extending its MixPre line is the latest and largest of the group, the MixPre-10T, a 10-input, 12-track recorder. Its feature set is designed to appeal to location recordists, production mixers, musicians, or anyone seeking a blend of high-resolution audio, versatile functionality, and modern convenience in a compact and sturdy package.
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
Astell&Kern is pleased to announce a new flagship portable high-resolution player, and we here at B&H are equally proud to carry it. Called the A&ultima SP1000, this high-end, high-resolution music player boasts an Octa-core CPU for a quick user experience. No slow booting time here: The only spinning wheel you’ll be seeing is the one they put on the side of the new 5" HD display—a chicly retro multifunction wheel for upping the volume and more. The unit’s exterior is sleek, solid, fashioned of
by BH Online Videos ·Posted
In this video, Rob Rives demonstrates the Lectrosonics PDR, a portable digital recorder designed for capturing high-quality digital audio that can synchronize with timecode. Recording at industry-standard 24-bit/48 kHz audio in WAV (BWF) format, the PDR is particularly useful in situations when using a wireless microphone is impractical, such as when distance to a wireless receiver is too far. The PDR stores its recordings on
by Nicholas Messitte ·Posted
If you’re looking for something to capture high-quality digital recordings on the go, then the Marantz Professional PMD561 Portable Audio Recorder might just be the item for you. Its dual combination XLR/TRS inputs allow you to record in mono or stereo,