Whether you're recording a demo tape, mastering tracks in the studio or even just taking a memo, an audio recorder is great when you need to capture sound of all kinds. With a number of different sizes and types of recorder available, you can find one that's designed to handle exactly the tasks you need it for. The biggest recorders are studio models, with multi-track capability and a range of level adjustments and EQ controls, depending on the unit. A studio recorder can record to CDs or cassettes, digitally or a combination of ways, so you'll want to be sure you're looking at one that supports the type of recording you plan to use it for. There are also some rack-mounted recorders for permanent studio installations, as well as tabletop models at different levels of portability. A recorder designed to be portable may feature battery power and built-in microphones for easier setup and standalone recording.
If you're looking for the most convenient portable recorder, check out the handheld models. These don't have the robust control layouts of the bigger studio units, but their small size makes them great for capturing spur-of-the-moment song or lyric ideas when you're on the go. From simple voice recorders to high-end models with dual microphones to record in stereo, handheld recorders come in a few different varieties to suit your needs. Read More >