There are a lot of incredibly good audio recorders on the market right now. They are compact and handheld with built-in stereo microphones. Having one in your gear arsenal is very important for a number of reasons.
I’ve written before about how important it is to record your live performances. You can learn so much from hearing your gigs back on a recording. Having a recorder like the
Olympus LS-10 Linear PCM Recorder can make recording your live shows as easy as setting the recorder up in the back of the room and letting it record. Since it’s all digital you can edit out dead spaces later. Making a back of the room recording is a good idea because it really lets you hear what the audience is hearing. You can also capture the audience reaction to your performance. If you get good at placing the recorder where it picks up well, you could end up with an excellent live recording that you could use as a demo in your bands marketing kit.
Another reason to have a portable recorder is to capture song ideas. It’s great to have one handy when you’re practicing your instrument and you come up with a great riff. You can record the song idea with a minimum of hassle. Sometimes when I’m in the car driving I have a great idea for a song. I usually have some sort of simple handheld recording device with me so it’s easy to record my song idea.
You’d also be surprised at how popular you get with your friends if you take a good portable recorder to their gigs and make a recording of their shows. I am friends with several local bands and none of them usually take the extra time to record their gigs. So from time to time I’ll take a little recorder along and tape at least some of their show. They’re always extremely grateful. You just want to make sure it’s okay to record before you start recording other peoples shows.
So that’s today’s tip. Get a good quality, easy to use stereo recorder and start putting it to use. You’ll be glad you did!