[linux-audio-user] Advice needed: portable audio recorder?

Cesare cesare at poeticstudios.com
Wed Aug 24 17:51:54 EDT 2005

Jan Depner wrote:

>On Wed, 2005-08-24 at 15:54, October wrote:
>>Hey all,
>>I need some advice...  I want to buy a device for
>>making high quality recordings "in the field" via a
>>MIC of enviromental sounds and also small jam sessions
>>in enclosed spaces and the like.  It would also be
>>nice (but not required) to have the capability to just
>>plug a guitar or keyboard into it and record as well. 
>>Being linux friendly, preferably via a USB cable (both
>>read and write) is highly desired!
>>I am, however, on a limited budget! So basically I
>>need the most bang for the buck ;)
>>Top end of my budget might include the Edirol R-1, at
>>around $400USD.  This device uses compact flash cards
>>for storage but I'm worried about propietary (windoze)
>>software being required for file transfer.
>>I've also been reading up on something called the Zoom
>>PS04 which is aparantly a fairly popular digital
>>4-track recorder.  Seems to have lots of bells and
>>whistles, is half the price of the Edirol, but has no
>>USB.  This means buying a smartmedia card reader and
>>hoping I find a way to convert the proprietary ".aud"
>>files to waves or something with linux.
>>Then there is MiniDisc and even some harddrive based
>>music players with record features.  Too many to even
>>sort through!
>>Is anyone using anything like this with linux that can
>>help me out with a recommendation or two?
>Neuros.  Built in mic - not too good but you can use a tiny battery
>powered mixer and decent mics via the line in.  It records in a number
>of mp3 resolutions or 16 bit wav up to 48KHz.  Supports ogg, mp3, flac,
>wav, wma, aac, ...  Uses USB2 to sync with Linux.  I use an app called
>Sorune.  With a 30GB hard drive it's about $250.
I've got a R-1 recently. It sounds amazing and works under linux (as a 
usb mass storage device). I just hate those rubber buttons.


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