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Best Portable Recorders for Musicians on Reverb

A useful tool in the arsenal of any musician, a portable recorder is one of those Swiss army pieces of gear that offers many useful applications. From the pocket-sized, point-and-record ease of the Tascam DR-100 Digital Recorder to the multi-track versatility of the Boss BR-800, a bevy of the best portable recorders for musicians is here on Reverb.

Able to fulfill roles from pinning down field recordings for new samples to straightforward synth tracks with the fan-favorite Zoom H Series, Reverb has a broad range of portable audio recorder options and the best prices to get you inspired for your next song.

What to Consider When Buying a Portable Recorder

Though portable recorders share the traits of being relatively lightweight and easy to transport, especially handheld recorders, there are a few key differences to consider in your hunt.

  • Application: Just need something to record ideas during practice or a solo jam in your room? If so, the more affordable models that favor ease of use over audio fidelity are right up your alley. If you're after pristine clips for use in samples or songs, it's worth the extra money to go for a higher-end option.
  • Tracks: Headed out into the world to capture that next inspiring sound? You'll probably want a single-track recorder that can just slip into your pocket and move. For tracking multiple instruments or creating layers, a bit-larger-but-still-portable unit you can take and leave at the practice space would be a solid option.
  • Microphone: Depending on the model you select, the onboard mic will either be internal or external, with external mics often interchangeable. If you want more versatility in your recording tone/quality, the external option is for you. If you want to point and record, just go internal.
  • Added Features: Finally, there are points to consider like amount of memory, onboard effects, and even a video recording component. Give some thought to what you want to do now and what you might want to do when you have more experience.

Portable Recorders Near Me

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