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In this video we take a look at the new Røde iXY Stereo Recording Microphone for iPhone and iPad. Used in conjunction with the Røde Rec app available on iTunes, the iXY is the first mic to deliver stereo recordings for iOS devices at resolutions of up to 24-bit/96 kHz. A foam windshield and protective zip case are included, making it easy to turn your iPhone or iPad into a portable audio recorder at a moment’s notice.
Software isn’t always the most convenient way to make a recording. If you’re on the road or just trying to document a performance, all the necessary accessories to utilize a DAW can be overwhelming and delicate. A portable multi-track recorder, on the other hand, provides an all-in-one solution.
Two new portable digital recorders from Olympus do an excellent job of spanning the gap between being useful voice recorders (for recording memos and lectures), and high-resolution audio recorders (for recording music and detailed ambient sounds).
Olympus knows a thing or two about making portable recorders, and its new LS-100 has the distinction of being the highest-quality model the company has ever produced. It features an excellent-sounding pair of built-in stereo condenser microphones, as well as a pair of XLR combo inputs.
The original Tascam DR-100 stood out from the pack for being an extremely well equipped, compact portable digital recorder laden with useful features, like its dual XLR inputs and thumb-friendly level-adjustment dials. Even though it was a popular and well-regarded model, Tascam decided to push things further.
Portable digital recorders that feature dual XLR inputs are popular among musicians and audio engineers and they’re also the tool of choice for recording the sound for video productions. Until recently, there were only a few handheld digital recorders with XLR inputs available, but the announcement of the Olympus LS-100 adds an attractive new option to the menu.
The new Tascam iM2 is a compact and convenient accessory that dramatically improves the quality of the microphones for recording into an Apple iPad, iPhone, or a 4th generation iPod touch. The iM2 plugs into your Apple iOS device of choice and outfits it with a pair of stereo condenser microphones that can be swiveled over 180 degrees.
If you’re on the hunt for the ultimate handheld portable digital recorder, the new Roland R-26 should be on your radar. It’s capable of recording up to six channels of high-resolution audio and supplies you with an army of high quality, built-in microphones and audio inputs to get the job done.
When the Zoom Q3 was announced last year, it was the world's first high-resolution portable digital recorder with high quality, built-in stereo microphones and an integrated video camera. A software update was recently announced that adds a camera-setting option that makes it easier to capture a good-looking picture in bright environments. Check out this post for more information about the Q3, and a link to the new update.
There are many options in the portable digital recorder market today, but there aren't too many choices that promise a solidly built device designed specifically for broadcast professionals. One such recorder is the Marantz PMD661, and it's packed with many useful features that may not be immediately apparent.