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Old 2015-07-14, 09:31 AM
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splumer splumer is offline
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Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Re: Looking to record audio

What Jack said. Though first, it might help if we knew if you were planning on recording taper-friendly artists or not. Regardless, the recorder is the place to start. The consensus on is the Sony PCM-M10. It's $245 and comes in fashion colors:

Also, every taper worth his salt will tell you that internal mics should be avoided, even on a great recorder like the M10. Church Audio, Naiant, and Sound Professionals make great stealth-able mics that a lot of folks also use for non-stealth situations. My stealth mics are Naiant U-C's that I got used in the Yard Sale at TS for about $60. I plug those into a Tascam Dr-05, which, sadly, does NOT come in fashion colors, but at $70 is a bit cheaper:

The battery life is phenomenal on the DR-05, too, but many tapers have said it's not as good quality.

My open taping rig features a Marantz PMD660, which is no longer available.

Most tapers will also recommend, with the Church Audio mics, that you get either a preamp or a battery box to power them. I don't use one, and I've had decent results, but a preamp would improve them. A preamp boosts the mic signal to line level, which, for most recorders, sounds better and prevents the signal from being overdriven at loud shows.

Church Audio:
Sound Professionals:

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