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Portable recording solutions for modular level audio?
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Author Portable recording solutions for modular level audio?
Hi there,

So i've been experimenting with taking my modular out for a spin ala annannie modular field trip style, and because I don't want to have to lug my laptop and audio interface with me everywhere, i was wondering if anybody had any luck with portable line level recorders like this Zoom recorder?

I'm willing to dish out up to 300 or so dollars if it means i can have a decent quality recording!
I have heard good things about those Zoom things.

There are a few that have 2x line inputs on big jacks, that should work fine with an adapter cable.

you should turn gain all the way DOWN, your modular is likely going to have enough level on it´s own.

If it is still clipping, get an output module or simply any attenuator to bring down your levels so it won´t clip.

(I once used 2x RYO Airtenuators to simply go to a recorder, that worked out 100% fine.)

There are also a few "Record-to-SD-Card" Modules planned/announced for Eurorack, but I think none of them are available yet, but maybe check out these companies for news on them:
Noisy Mark
I've been using the Zoom R16 for a few years and it has been great. It's very light but well built so perfect for being taken around the place. I think they make a smaller version if you don't need that many inputs.
The built in effects and tuner can come in pretty handy on occasion but I wouldn't rely on them too much.
Thanks guys! That's good to hear, i think i'll be proceeding with said zoom recorder.

Now all I have to do is figure out a portable battery solution...
I’m gonna try some live recording using an older smaller Zoom.
My case has an output module in it that makes it easy to patch into the recorder.
The little recorder will do up to 96/24 and sounds pretty good.
I hope to be able to release a little album based on the recordings w00t
I've been using a Edirol R-09HR (Roland) for a long time. No complaints. Works well. Some others have fancier microphone arrangements but I'm always plugging in. The weak point of all these devices is the case and buttons wearing out. For that reason I'd be a bit wary of used ones. You just never know if the seller is a button masher.
Best thing I've used is the korg mr1 - they can be had for not too much cash now on eBay and the internal battery issues (short life) can be worked around with an external battery pack (designed for mobile charging - I use an anker powercore).

Recording quality is excellent via the line ins - I've done a variety of stuff (live accoustic recording with external mics as well as electronic) with mine over the (10+!) years Ive had one and it's held up in all situations. I've even had positive feedback from some masters I did for someone where it was used as the DA a while back. I made the mistake of selling one a while back but have since bought a couple more- it's a a fantastic little device, especially for the price they can found for now.
Zoom h6 is solid and popular choice if you need more inputs. Battery life is amazing
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