MP3 recorder for live band recording?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by Tim Cole, Nov 28, 2005.

  1. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Looking at getting a mp3 recorder to take board mixes of live gigs if possible. I've done the minidisc route in the past with decent results, but it is too much of a pain to dump MD format onto the computer in real time to do all the editing/etc. Would be much easier to dump it already in mp3 format.

    Anyone experienced with a MP3 recorder for this use? Any suggestions on a model to get?
  2. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio

    I used to record some of our came out nice, even with my lame Philips MP3 player/recorder. I highly recommend you NOT get a Philips HD MP3 player/recorder...the software and firmware really suck.

  3. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    Not looking to spend an arm and a leg, just looking for something to get some decent recordings with. NJL, do you have any suggestions?
  4. Minger


    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I say Iriver - many of their stuff has Line in Support, and some of em go up to 320 kbps MP3...
  5. patrickj


    Aug 13, 2001
    Baltimore, MD
    Yep, iRiver paired with a good mic or a mixer + a few good mics.
  6. NJL


    Apr 12, 2002
    San Antonio
    If I had a budget, I would go with an iPod, but I don't have a budget. :(
  7. Tim Cole

    Tim Cole

    Jun 12, 2002
    Findlay, Ohio
    I have an ipod I am really happy with for playback, but looking for something to use exclusively for live recordings.....
  8., don't use the iPod (no flames please). Somebody correct me if I'm mistaken, but the iPod is just not working. The input is just not able to handle signals. There is a gadget out there, the ikey, with this you should be able to connect any USB storage (even the iPod) device and record your stuff directly into mp3 format, but the iPod is just not doing the job....... damn, but I loves me pod....


    BTW, for questioners, we allready tried the belkin and griffin input solutions, not worth the bucks! Good for voice recordings, no singing though, only memo's. Any new ideas, glad to listen...
  9. +1 for the M-Audio! 24 bit 96 kHz... excellent!
  10. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    I'm really liking the iFP-799. Works great for recording MP3 straight off the board. Actually I just use a splitter on my headphone feed and run the other stereo line into the iFP-799, works like a charm and it only cost $140. The quality is better than I expected. I can get over 8 hours of recording at 256kbps quality.

    Here's a link where I talk a bit more about it (post 24 & 26):

    If you want to spend more, and be able to record in WAV format, and have level control on-the-fly, that M-Audio one looks really good.
  11. My guitarist has an iRiver H140 (I think thats the model anyway), and we used to plug into the aux output of the mixer (phono to 1/8th stereo cable was used), we could play with the panning on the mixer and have a proper sounding stereo recording, was really good quality aswell :)

    Im looking into an iRiver H340, it should be able to do the same, but its quite pricey