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Looking for a handheld recorder? Then you've found the only resource that you need. Here, you can listen to the most popular, best rated models - right now - to see how they compare head to head. You can also watch video reviews, explore features and specs to make sure that you choose the best device for you. Whether you need a handheld recorder to capture a brilliant idea, live performance, band rehearsal, interview, or audio for video - we’ve got you covered. Enjoy!
Handheld Recorder Comparison Part 1 - Recording Music
Handheld Recorder Comparison Part 2 - Audio for Video
We brought Gang Forward, an up-and-coming Colorado-based power rock trio, into our live room and set up the 9 recorder tree along with a pair of Rode NT-5 microphones in X/Y and our good friend “Fritz,” the Neumann KU 100 dummy head microphone watching over the whole thing. Check out the video above to hear audio comparisons of the Zoom H5, Zoom H6, Zoom H4n, Tascam DR-40, and Roland R-26 portable recorders. We set it all up again in our studio when local singer/songwriter and all around good dude, Andy Sydow, came in with with his Taylor acoustic and Hohner harp to serenade us for another round of comparisons.
Headphone Listening Online, Really???
In the spirit of providing opportunities for the Sonic Sense community to “hear” products online in the closest approximation to actually “being here” as possible, we have established some unique recording processes. We can now provide the opportunity to compare equipment against a source track to get a sense of what the product introduces in the signal path. These recordings present an experience very similar to what we observe and measure first-hand in our listening and recording environments. While nothing compares to listening to a pair of headphones on your own head, listening to audio comparisons over the internet may help narrow down the search from hundreds of models to maybe just a few.
We call it, “Creating the in-store experience online.”
Are you learning how to mix your own music? Check out this list of our top 20 mixing tips and tricks for some helpful hints that'll get you mixing in no time.
If you're looking to start a home studio or a project studio, there are plenty of things you'll need to know. Check out our list of what we believe are the 20 most important tips and tricks for the beginning recording engineer.
Here at Sonic Sense, we have a wealth of information available on PA systems and live sound in general. Since gathering all the live sound info you need can get complicated, we've compiled this comprehensive list. It’s a sort of “greatest hits” of our informational content. We cover everything from digital consoles to advanced room calibration to setting up a PA system.
Classic Neumann and Sennheiser Microphones - U47, M147, KM 183, BCM 104, BCM 705, TLM 103, MD 421-ii, ME 67, ME 66
Timeless sound is a quality that every microphone manufacturer hopes to achieve, but few actually do. Two such brands that can boast that their products have achieved such a distinction are Neumann and Sennheiser. Their microphones have been used on countless iconic albums that have become enshrined in history. We currently have a selection of some classic Neumann and Sennheiser microphones used for recording the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. All of the microphones you see here have been kept in great condition. Even though these microphones are used, it’d be hard to tell. So watch away and learn about our selection of these great microphones. If you have any more questions, check out these microphones on our website.
Zoom revolutionized the portable handheld digital recorder market nearly 10 years ago with the release of the H4. Now, the newest addition to their portable recorder line, the Zoom H5, takes all the popular aspects of previous models, including the H4n, and adds some new features for a wider range of recording capabilities and improved recording quality. An onboard set of intuitive controls including transport and record-arm make recording easier than ever. The H5 is a recorder for creators of all kinds.
Listen to the Full Handheld Recorder Comparison