JackJ Posted February 5, 2020 Share Posted February 5, 2020 (edited) I just sent in my deposit for the Noel Hill Irish Concertina School in Cincinnati this summer--it'll be my first visit. Back 15 - 20 years ago when I would go to bluegrass/old time music camps (with a guitar) I used a minidisc recorder for the workshops and concerts, but that device died long ago. I'm currently using an iPhone 7 with the built in mic and the Voice Memos app for recording lessons and tunes I want to learn at local sessions. It works ok. Of course the sound isn't great, but I know an external mic could help with that, and there are apps that would no doubt offer lots of advantages over the bare bones Voice Memos. Storage is an issue, since I don't have much space left on the device, but then it's not too hard to move files to and from cloud storage options. But I'm intrigued by the idea of one of the stereo digital recorders from Zoom, Tascam, etc. Some of them are not that much more expensive than a good external iOS mic, and with a suitable SD card, storage space wouldn't be an issue. It would also be nice not to have my phone tied up, and not to worry about battery life. On the downside, having to cable a standalone recorder to a computer in order to move files would be much less convenient, and I expect it's much harder to edit files (e.g., removing unwanted sections, creating file names) on the device itself, compared to using a touchscreen on a phone. It's also just one more piece of equipment to deal with. Curious what other folks think about a dedicated recorder vs. a smartphone+mic? In addition to lessons, workshops, and sessions, I eventually want to try creating multitrack recordings of myself playing different instruments: concertina, flute, whistle, guitar. I'm not looking for professional quality there, but something I can share without cringing about the sound. (My playing will give me more than enough to cringe over.) And for those using either type of device, I'm wondering how you mange the files you create. Do you move them into some sort of digital audio workstation software to clean them up and organize them? Thanks for any tips! Edited February 5, 2020 by JackJ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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