Advertise on ChoralNet 
ChoralNet logo
The mission of the ACDA is to inspire excellence in choral music through education, performance, composition, and advocacy.

Best small recording device for rehearsals

I am looking for something to record rehearsals that is simple and easy to operate.  Honestly, I would prefer something that has no bells and whistles, just "play, record, stop, fast forward and rewind" like the old-fashioned cassette tape recorders.  I don't need anything fancy, just something to record rehearsals with decent sound quality so I can remind myself of certain issues we need to work on when I play back between rehearsals.  I am not  technically oriented and looking at the digital recorders available makes my head swim.  I would like to keep the cost in the  less than $100 range, preferably around $50.  Again, the most important issue for me is that it is easy to figure out how to use it. 
Thanks so much,
Replies (5): Threaded | Chronological
on September 21, 2013 9:15pm
I use this one, and ordered it from Amazon. It's a little more than $100 but the quality is excellent!  I use mine to record in class (and play back for the choir, too) for the same purpose as you suggested, as well as to take the accompaniment and record parts over it. 
on September 22, 2013 6:06am
Catherine, make sure that you read through some of the several recent ChoralNet discussions on this topic.
You'll find more if you use the "Search" function at the top of the page.
In the meantime, Donna's recommendation of that small Sony unit is probably a good one. Brands become household names for a reason... Here's another Sony one that is closer to your price range. This is really designed as a voice recorder, so it will not be ideally suited for music, but for what you're seeking, I bet it would work fine.
on September 22, 2013 3:12pm
Depending how demanding you are, one of the possibilities is "Don't buy one at all, just use your (or someone's) phone".
on September 22, 2013 5:22pm
Another digital recorder option that is right at the $100 is the Zoom h1. It's very light weight, but does a good job, and is pretty fool proof.
Applauded by an audience of 1
on September 23, 2013 4:04am
+1 on the Zoom, but I went for the H2, with which I am very pleased.
Applauded by an audience of 1
  • You must log in or register to be able to reply to this message.