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Choosing a Digital Recorder for Podcasting | The Podcraft Podcast

In this episode I'll cover why you might want to use a digital recorder in your podcasting efforts, and how to choose the best one for you.

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I've discussed Digital recorders in the past, and in fact you can find my current definitive guide here: The Best Digital Podcast Recorders on the Market. This episode discusses the very same stuff with a little extra detail.

Digital Recorder for PodcastingHere's a summary of what I'm covering:

Why Might you Need a Digital Recorder for Podcasting?

  • Mobile recording – capture an interview any time, any place
  • Risk mitigation – avoid recording to a computer and the crash risk that poses
  • Backup – Record to Digitial Recorder PLUS PC for the best of both worlds

What Digital Recorder Should I Buy?

Well, I wont repeat myself, just pop over to The Best Digital Podcast Recorders on the Market and you can read all the recommendations I give on the Podcast, plus links to them around the web incase you're looking to get more details.

I think the key thing is to just in at a level that you're comfortable with – if you think this is just for very seldom use, just to have on you incase you bump into someone interesting at an event, then go for a Zoom H1. If, however, you think you might be using this device often to capture group interviews at events, or co-host recorded shows at various locations, then it might even be worth investing in a Zoom H4n and a couple of really good XLR microphones.

Whatever you end up going for, learn how to use it well and it'll serve you a lifetime of great recording.

A Question for You: What Recorder Do You Use?

I want to know, do you use a digital recorder? What do you use? Please tell me in the comments below. I'll follow up the best comments on the next Podcast.

Thanks again for listening and I look forward to hearing from you!


  1. Matthew says:

    They are great pieces of kit Bob, how are you getting on with yours?

  2. Bob R says:

    Just picked up a Zoom H5. Very nice quality sound and build. Love the physical gain knobs and speaking of gain, it has enough to power the Heil PR-40.

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