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dilruba

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Dear Forum Members,

I would like some advice on recording live Indian Classical Music, eg. lessons. I have an external Sony microphone which I used to use my with my Sony High-MD player, bu t this is not working now.

Does anyone have any recommendations for devices that will record music ? Has anyone used a smart-phone (eg. IPhone, HTC Desire) to do this ? Do they work well ?

Thanks.
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I use my iPhone to record lessons which works well enough for its purpose...modest quality, not great, but not terrible. I wouldn't use it to record music to listen to for music's sake though, the microphone built into the iPhone is good for what it is but I think you'd need something a little bit fancier to get a proper sound (some sort of input rig and a proper microphone).

The app I use is Blue Fire (by the Blue Microphone company). It's free and it works fine, I just set it to Low quality since I have to record an hour at a time.
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lots of people use the Zoom H2 and ZoomH4n portable recorders - they're easy to use and make surprisingly good recordings.
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This is pretty reasonable but I can't vouch for its quality myself. But Blue generally makes nice mics:

http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-2-0-Recording-Microphone/dp/B003Z8WHDC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1317654113&sr=8-3

Clips into iPod/iPhone. Nifty idea!
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I use a Zoom H4 to record my lessons and can say that it offers excellent audio. It is a bit pricey but I lucked out and won mine at work.

The Blue mic hooking up to an Iphone is really cool!!!

Nice find Niceufeld

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The Zoom H2 is great, not quite a solid or as good quality as say an Edirol r-09, but then it is less than 1/2 the price!
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Do yourself a favour and check that whatever you buy can support high bit rates - my suggestion is at least 24/48 WAV. You want to capture the air flows from the instrument being recorded, particularly with ICM


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dilruba

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Thanks a lot for the advice guys. The Zoom H2 Handy Recorder has a lot of very good reviews on Amazon from people who use it for music. Their website is:

http://www.zoom.co.jp/english/products/h2/index.php

Carl, when it says "Choose 24bit/96kHz linear PCM(WAV files)format for the highest audio quality that surpasses CDs."...is that what you meant ?
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Indeed it is, that will you do very,very nicely !!!

It WILL use a lot of recording space at this rate but with such an acoustic source, it will be worth it. I Suspect it will also let you drop down to 24bit / 48khz which is my personal favourite for a compromise between space and quality.

If you are ever in London, give me a shout and I will let you record through my vintage Neumann U87 - now that thing is sweeet

Good luck, Carl.
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