December 27, 2013
There are a lot of portable recording devices on the market that act as field recorders and double as portable audio interfaces. Portable recorders like the Zoom H4n have become standard amongst independent and mobile videographers and filmmakers, but often times these recorders are built with the musician, producer, or audio engineer in mind. It’s rare that we get a product like this that is tailored specifically for use with HD and DSLR cameras.
This is what sets the Tascam DR-60D apart from its competitors. It has similar functionality when compared to other portable audio recorders on the market, but with a design and features conducive to synchronization with cameras. The big question then becomes, “Why would you choose the Tascam DR-60D over other portable recorders that have the same general functionality?” Well if you are a videographer or an independent filmmaker, there are a whole host of reasons why …
June 28, 2013
There is too much focus on recording programs like DAWs and other music mixing software, but not enough credit goes out to the portable units that actually perform in real life situations. You cannot bring your computer with you everywhere you go, and few of us own a studio – so having a portable recording device is the next best alternative. Recording on a tablet or phone has been a viable option and there are apps that make this transition easier – but in order to have a real recording with proper leveling and control, you need some hardware.
Does this hardware have to be large in size? The answer is no. Portable recorders have gotten much more sophisticated from the days of mini tape recorders and poor quality audio. Zoom makes some impressive recording solutions that are no larger than a hand held camera, yet they contain inputs for …
April 18, 2013
Before the internet and YouTube were even an entity, DJs and other music lovers had to get their information from somewhere else. New news was mainly passed around via word of mouth or from the next edition of your favorite rap magazine – but even this was slow compared to the speed at which we receive information today. The worst part was that the average DJ who wanted to show off his skills or just submit some footage of him had poor technology to do so. Video tapes were very crude and had to be spliced together to form anything resembling a produced video. Audio recordings were forced to be recorded by magnetic tape, which killed the sound quality.
These days, proper recordings – even live recordings; can be made with the touch of a button on a hand held recorder. This isn’t the mini tape recorder that has to …
November 13, 2012
Coming off its predecessor the Zoom Q3HD, Samson Technologies (the company that owns Zoom) has released another portable audio/video recorder with the Zoom Q2HD. Zoom has kept much of the same functionality from the Q3HD intact but has also added some new and useful features that a lot of Q3HD users felt were missing. For an overview of the features on the Q3HD that are also available on the Q2HD, check our our review of the Zoom Q3HD. So what’s new on the Q3HD?
Zoom introduced the mid side recording feature on their portable digital audio recorder the Zoom H2n. Be sure to check out our review of the Zoom H2n if you want to know more. For those of you not familiar with mid side recording this is a recording technique that is especially useful for film and broadcast media where recording ambient noise …
March 14, 2012
New portable digital recorders are coming out faster than I have time to demo them. They always seem to improve upon existing models with new internal menu functions, improvement to the built in condensor microphones, and overall construction. With that said, there is rarely any brand new and exciting features on new product lines. Instead what I have been noticing is a lot of companies that manufacture these portable digital recorders are trying to compete with one another. For this reason you see a lot of portable recorders coming out that try to match or slightly improve on existing technology.
This is the third review I have done for a portable digital audio recording device so I decided to take the time and look over some of the comments you guys have posted on the blog and in the accompanying YouTube video. Sometimes I get questions about specific applications and whether or not a portable recorder …