While some prefer the trusty iPhone or a small pen-like voice recorder, others prefer the heft and features that a bigger model provides. Two popular audio recorders for broadcasters (and film makers incidently) are the Zoom h4n and the Tascam DR-40. With Zoom’s release of an updated model (the h6) geared more towards film makers, both current generation recorders are listed at a $199.99 price point.
Here is an excellent review from NoFilmSchool.com, of both recorders, plus a bonus entry, the Tascam DR-100mkII. All can both record with their built in microphones, or handle attached mini and/or XLR microphones. These units make them ideal for everything audio, ranging from 1-on-1 interviews, as well as podcasts or panel discussions.
There are a lot of affordable flash recorders that can deliver great audio, but only a few of them have features like XLR inputs and multi-channel recording. Three models stand out: the Zoom H4N Digital Multitrack Recorder – 2015 Version, the TASCAM DR-100mkII 2-Channel Portable Digital Recorder, and more recently, the TASCAM DR-40 4-Track Portable Digital Recorder. How do they stack up in terms of features filmmakers want, and which one delivers the sound you need? I aim to delve into these questions and more, so read on!