Play That Back…
These days the amount of gear to record and capture a performance is mind blowing. From minidisc to Pro Tools, Garageband to stand alone recorders, technology has made it easier and easier to record audio.
When I started recording my songs, I used a portable cassette recorder. I would record the rhythm tracks into the portable, take the cassette, play it through my home stereo, then with another blank in the portable, add a track with the original blasting behind me. Rinse, repeat until you have a whole pile of sounds on one tape. Yes, it was primitive, but the joy was the unexpected results one would get. True depth of field recording and many surprises.
These days, the element of surprise has been lost with pristine audio and technological advancement.
For the past 10 years I have been using a computer based recording system. What started out as a HP PC running Cool Edit has turned into a Mac G5 running Logic Studio with tube pre’s, software plug-ins, interfaces,…and so list goes on and on.
Lately, however, I have been longing for the simplicity and fun capturing sound was and have been scouring the internet looking for quick, easy tools to write and record.
Before I buy, I have a few prerequisites :
I spent a few weeks reading reviews and checking forums. Browsing all the major online retailers and comparing products. Time to pull the trigger.
Funny, out of all the products I looked at, the most affordable and function friendly ones I found were from the SAME company : ZOOM by Samson
Zoom R24 Recorder : Interface : Controller : Sampler
I absolutely cannot believe how much is in this small footprint of a tool. 24 tracks, built in stereo condenser mic’s, Interface with Phantom Power, Sampler and the the unit can be used as a controller for your DAW – except Pro Tools. I’m running Logic and Garageband so it just works for me.
I’m not going to review the unit, but here is a youtube video of the demo from Summer NAMM 2010 :
Zoom R24 – Summer NAMM 2010
Check it out for yourself – street price of $499.
Talk about simplicity, the Zoom H4n – Handy Recorder is just that. A field recorder with x/y stereo mics, the ability to record four tracks at once, and use it as a computer interface.
I run a line out of my Bose L1 into the H4n, and record my live performances in pristine digital.
Check it out here:
Zoom H4n Handy Recorder
With a street retail of $299 it doesn’t get much better than that.
Vincent Zorn is a professional recording artist/flamenco guitarist that makes a living performing at restaurants and private events in Santa Barbara, California.
To learn more about Vincent and his music, please visit his website at: http://www.vincentzorn.com