These devices are built to a budget price
and thus are recommended for non-critical applications such as recording
notes, meetings, rehearsals and similar semi-professional and hobbyist
Handheld Recorders with
Mini-Jack Microphone Input
For when you want to record to a
standard using a handheld portable recorder with good microphone
preamplifiers and internal microphones an all-in-one form factor.
Occasional use with external microphones terminated with a 3.5mm
mini-jack plug is also possible to a reasonably high
standard. (It is also possible to use some external microphones with
some of our notebook recorders above but not with such a high quality of
performance). Overall we would recommend a recorder
with XLR connections when more regular use with external microphones is
Our most popular sector for serious professionals needing a handheld
size recorder. These all have XLR microphone inputs and thus are the
audio equivalent of an SLR camera in that you can connect proper,
superior quality professional microphones (like lenses on an SLR) for
critical applications and more demanding assignments.
These recorders can be remote controlled
by Wi-Fi via an iPhone or Android device (Free App required). They can
also connect and transfer their data via Wi-Fi to other Wi-Fi devices. These functions are of
particular interest to outside broadcasters and those who wish to upload
their work quickly to social media, SoundCloud and similar sharing
Small, compact recorders about the size
of a radio mic belt back transmitter. Designed to plug into the XLR
socket on the bottom of a stick microphone.
Tascam DR-10X £159
Stick Mic Recorders
Sometimes a microphone with an
inconvenient lead connected to a complicated recorder is just a pain. So
we've combined several of our Audio-Technica Reporter, Narration and
Voice-Over mics with Tascam's DR-10X Plug-On Recorder to create
easy-to-use solutions for those quick and simple assignments when you
just need to grab your microphone and go.
These are recorders that have either passcode protection to access the
device or a password protected file encryption facility to secure your
audio files against unauthorised access, or both. These functions are of
particular interest to security and military services, legal
professionals and organisations, courts of law and similar users.
These have been selected by us primarily for their audio capabilities
which are excellent. This is unusual for a video recording device. So if
you need a recorder that will capture good sound as well as HD (1080p)
video, then these are worth considering. Great for teaching and training
when you need to see as well as hear your students' performances. Also
practical and convenient for portable acquisition of AV material for
YouTube and similar online channels.
Recorders that have been specifically designed for use with today's new
breed of Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras which are now capable
of shooting broadcast quality video footage as well has still pictures.
Whilst their HD video quality is outstanding such cameras often lack the
ability to capture anything other than dull, lack-lustre audio. These
recorders are therefore dedicated to overcome this inability by
providing everything the serious videographer needs to complete the
picture with HD sound. And in a form factor which matches the way he
likes to work.
Solid state sound recorders do not usually come with proper
loudspeakers. Headphones are usually preferred. However, there are
applications where recordings need to be made on and presented by the
same portable device. These Recorder/Presenter units are equipped with
two music system sized speakers and are therefore loud enough for
playing recordings to a group of people in, say, a classroom or lecture
room, or in similar situations.
This is probably the most traditional
kind of portable recorder. The kind that usually has more buttons,
controls and connectivity than a handheld. Consequently its form factor
has to be larger and it must be carried over-the-shoulder. The best
choice when more button & switch control and less menu-based control is
The majority of solid state sound
recorders record in stereo and have just two input channels. These
recorders record in stereo but provide more than two input channels.
Thus they can be used in more complex live recording setups when several
microphones need to be deployed to acquire all your sound sources. Not
to be confused with multi-track recorders (below).
Recorders with a multi-track mode as well
as a stereo mode, or with dedicated multi-track credentials. For use
when recording individual sources track by track (track-building) for
eventual mixdown to stereo or surround, or for recording several sources
at a live event for mixdown later.
Stereo solid state sound recorders for fixed installation in
environments where network connection is desirable. If you need to
deliver and access high quality audio data on your network, look no
These devices are for playback of high quality audio in a variety of
situations, be it for pre-recorded announcements in public places like
museums/exhibitions and the like, or for
instant playback of audio tracks, sound effects, etc.
in live productions like sporting/performance events, radio,
television and theatre.