samsonzoomIn recent posts, I’ve discussed the usefulness of hand-held digital recorders and digital video recorders for musicians, music students, and music teachers.

In another sign of the rising popularity of these devices, Music Inc., a trade magazine for music retailers, included an article in its May 2010 issue on the importance of these products for music stores.  This article is good news for musicians.  It means that digital recorders will be available from your local music store, not just from big-box electronics retailers.

The most amazing part of the article was the listing of all of the companies that are manufacturing these recorders.  There is now a huge selection available–more good news for musicians since competition should drive down prices and you should be able to find the device that is just right for your needs. 

Here are the product listings from the article:  olympus_ls-11

HHB Flashmic

Yamaha Pocketrak W24 and C24

Olympus LS-10, LS-11, and WS-500

Sony PCM-D1, PCM-D50, and PCM-M10

Roland Edirol R-09HR and R-05

Marantz PMD620, PMD660, and PMD661

Korg Sound on Sound (SOS)   sony pcm-m10

Samson Zoom H2, H4n, and Q3

Alesis ProTrack, PalmTrack, and VideoTrack

Tascam DR-07, DR-2d, and DR-08

With so many devices to choose from, it will be important to check pricing and product reviews.  As more information becomes available, I’ll include details in this blog.

If you’ve had good or bad experiences with any of these hand-held digital recorders, or have advice to offer your fellow musicians, please leave a comment on this post.

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