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Picking the best microphone

Now that you have the best voice recorder… usually most buyer’s attention goes to the next piece of kit in any producers arsenal – the microphone (or microphones).  There are so many options when it comes to picking the right microphone for the job.  Is it for a studio?  Is is for in the field?  Are you connecting it to a computer, or are you just connecting it to your recording device?  What is the difference between uni-directional, omni-directional, cardioid or dynamic?  USB or XLR?  Shotgun or Lavalier?

So many questions that you need to answer, and so many choices to sift through to find the best microphone for the job.

To help you navigate the microphone market, we have set up a sister product review site just for microphones.  The Best Microphone is all about helping you find exactly that – the best microphone for the job.

Check them out once you have picked the best voice recorder for your job!

Portable Digital Voice Recorder Buyers Guide 2017

A portable recording device is useful for on the go recordings of any kind. These are usually handheld devices that can be used to record music, cialis sounds of any kind, pilule conversations, buy and thoughts – just about anything. Of course professionals require it to tape interviews or to record their music. So what are the top three essential things which you should be looking out for when buying these digital recorders?

  1. Internal or external microphone: Do you want an internal microphone or an external one is more appealing to you? Take a closer look at your work field and find out which one your nature of job requires more. Some devices have both internal and external microphone while some have only one. Others have built in microphones so you don’t have to worry about carying additional gear.
  2. Memory: How much memory do you need? Do you use and store a lot in your device? Again, assess your requirement to come to a conclusion about it. Pay attention while buying though, because many come with microSD or SD card support, while others do not. It is always good to have some additional features. Not having a microSD or SD slot may be a disadvantage.
  3. Accessories: Do you need a tripod, a Pop Filter or windscreens for better recording? Make sure all your necessary accessories are present in your device before purchasing it. If you need only one accessory then pick any one that has it, but we suggest you always pick the ones which come in a wide range of accessories.

Top 3 voice recorders which have these features:

  • Etekcity Dictaphone/Pen: This device is on the lower budget end and has all the basic features including 8GB memory drive. If you want a simple voice recorder with just plug and play feature, then this is the best one. It costs only 16 USD.

 

 

  • Zoom H4: The Zoom H4 is our favourite portable recording devices in the 200 USD price range.  and comes with prominent features such as noise cancellation, windscreen, etc.

Transfering recordings from your Zoom H4n to your computer

Transfering files from the Zoom H4n

The Zoom H4n makes it easy to record the sounds of people and places – wherever you are in the world.  But there is no point keeping those recordings them on the device – you are recording that audio to share with the world.

For example, unhealthy last week I was recording some interviews for my University Research.  There were two interviews that I recorded that day and I wanted to transfer them to my computer so I could then transcribe the audio.

Removing SD Card from Zoom H4n Handy RecorderWhilst you could use the USB cable that comes with the Zoom H4n to transfer recordings from the device to your PC or Mac, cialis I found it easier to use a SD Card reader.  The process is pretty simple:

  1. Power down your Zoom H4n (hold the power switch down for a few seconds before the device turns off)
  2. Open the cover with the SD HC logo on it – be careful as if you open it to violently it could break off
  3. Push your SD card in slightly with your finger, it will pop out making it easier to remove from the device
  4. Remove the SD card from your voice recorder
  5. SD Card in USB Card ReaderInsert the SD card into your USB SD Card Reader… and assuming it is plugged into your PC …
  6. Your audio files will appear.  Navigate down through the file hierarchy to find your recent recordings, and then simply drag and drop them to a folder that you want to store them in.

Once on your PC you can simply store them (boring), or you could use a tool like Audacity or Adobe Audition
to produce your raw recordings into masterpieces!

Storing your Zoom H4n

Zoom H4n Voice Recorder

I must admit I am a bit clumsy when it comes to handling electronic equipment.  Usually if I get a new phone my screen will have a crack in it within about 3 months!  Which is why when I was purchasing the Zoom H4n I was interested in what case it came with.  Unfortunately there were not many good reviews of the case that came with it – my favourite comments were found in this forum!

Zoom H4n in case - built in microphoneWhilst there are a number of Zoom H4n cases available on Amazon.com, I wanted to see what the plastic case was like that shipped with the product.  Well, I’ll be honest, I had to chose between a 2nd microphone and a new case – and my new Audio-Technica Dynamic Microphone
won out in the end!

The standard case has not been too bad so far.  It is good enough to protect the Zoom H4n recorder from small knocks and bumps.  It certainly isn’t water proof, and it wont survive a drop from a great height – but for some minor protection from the elements the voice recorder may face in a back pack or satchel, it does the job.

Zoom H4n case clipUnlike other reviews which suggested the tab on the case breaks easily, I haven’t seen that happen yet.  But I can imagine due to the amount of use my Zoom is getting at the moment that the clip will break sometime soon.

So – should you invest in a 3rd party case or storage solution for your Zoom H4n?  To be honest, if you are nice to your equipment and are not traveling around much with it, you don’t need to make the additional investment.  But who am I kidding!!!  If you are buying the Zoom H4n voice recorder you are out on the street doing vox pops, you are podcasting from your friends garage (or a bar, or a sports field), you are in weird and wonderful places recording interviews for your research, in the office doing a new voice over, or you are recording sounds in the middle of a wildlife reserve.  A sturdier case that can hold your Zoom, as well as your other accessories like your microphones, wind shields and XLR cables is important.

I’ll be buying one soon, and I am sure you will see a review about it as soon as I can post one.

Welcome to your Zoom H4n resource

Hi There!

Welcome to The Best Voice Recorder – a resource dedicated to helping you get as much out of your Zoom H4n as possible.  Whether you are setting up a podcast, prostate conducting research interviews, or simply wanting to record some vocals – the Zoom H4n is a very capable device.  As I use the digital audio recorder to capture moments within my work, academic and personal life, I will share with you the tips, tricks and best practices I pick up along the way.  You can learn more about why I started to capture and share this information on the about page.

Thanks for popping by – I hope you learn something, and if you have something to share please do so via the comments!

Paul W

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