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Portable Recording Buying Guide

From microphones to recorders to headphones, this guide has all the gear you'll need to build a field kit that can take on any sonic situation. Quickly becoming standards in the modern musician's arsenal, portable recording setups let you track your demo or next show, grab sounds to sample, and capture audio for film. Made to withstand the hardship of the field, all the gear featured below is durable and compact, so you can depend on it for quality sound in any environment.

Every recorder in this guide has the ability to record in MP3 or WAV, and can plug in directly to your computer via USB. This lets you easily pull hours of audio from them within minutes.
Portable Recorders with Built-in Microphones
The best recorder is the one you can always carry with you. These portable recorders are designed to fit in your hand or backpack, so you're always just a few seconds from being able to score that once-in-a-lifetime take. All of these recorders have built-in stereo condenser microphones, so no external gear is required for you to start tracking hours of high-resolution 96 kHz/24-bit audio.
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iOS Attachable Microphones
Don't be stuck with just the audio from your phone's built-in microphone. Plug the AmpRidge MightyMic S or IK Multimedia iRig Mic directly into your headphone jack for instantly improved sound-- no batteries required! Need to track something in stereo? The Rode iXY is pair of condenser microphones.-- choose the original iXY for iPhones and iPads with a 30-pin connector, or the iXY-L for iOS devices with a Lightning connector.
IK Multimedia iRig Mic Microphone for iPhone and iPad
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Portable Recorders with External Inputs
Need more control of your source than what built-in microphones can give you? These recorders feature mic/line inputs for added versatility. Pick a mic that best fits the situation, attach via the XLR or 1/4-inch, and you're ready to go. Either with their built-in microphones or additional inputs, these recorders can record more than just a stereo pair simultaneously. This means you can pull a stereo feed off the board at a show and use your other tracks for ambience in order to give your final recording a full, realistic sound.
Tascam DR-40 Portable Digital Recorder
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Boss BR-800 Multi-Track Digital Recorder
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Shotgun Microphones
Recording dialogue or voiceover? Make your final recording cleaner and more professional with a shotgun microphone. With their tight pickup pattern, shotgun microphones let you pinpoint the sound you want and lessen the amount of background noise on a track, even if you're recording at a distance
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Headphones
Getting a good recording takes more than just reading the signal levels on a display. You need to clearly hear what you're recording while you're tracking so that you can quickly adjust your technique to your environment. With their flat frequency response and passive noise reduction, these headphones were designed to give you a truer understanding of what you're capturing.
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Boom Poles
If you're recording sound on set for a narrative film, a microphone boom pole, or "fishpole," is a must. Boom poles let you get your mic close to the sound source -- the actor -- while remaining out of frame. Choose a lightweight, telescoping boom pole that you can hold up and out of the way of the action. You'll also need XLR cable to plug your microphone into your recorder -- and gaff tape to attach the cable to your boom pole.
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