Technology has changed the way we do everything. We now have an office in the palm of our hands. We are truly in the age of an on-the-go life. The ability have the tools we need wherever we are is becoming more essential every day. As a podcaster, you may have the need to be remote with your prodcasts. Whether it’s interviewing guests where they are or being on location at the subject of your episode. In this guide, we’ll look at some really cool portable recording technology and how it can allow you to create quality podcasts on the go. The following devices are some of the best I’ve seen on the market. I am not, however, endorsing these brands specifically. Rather their useful features. Use this guide as a starting point for some of the portable options available for today’s remote podcaster.
The Izotope Spire Studio
First up is the Izotope Spire Studio. This is one of the slickest portable recorders I have ever seen. This powerful recording interface allows you to connect two microphones through XLR cables. It communicates wirelessly through your android, iphone, or ipad to deliver rich 24bit 48k sound that you can control from your phone. What I love about this recorder is it has a Digital Audio Workstation built into the app that allows you to record up to 8 tracks and even add effects. It has phantom power if you have a condenser microphone. One the best features is that it has a 4 hour rechargeable battery, so you don’t have to search for wall outlets when trying to get down to business.
Zoom H4N Pro Handy Recorder
Next up is the Pro Handy Recorder from Zoom. Sometimes called field recorders, these audio devices are probably the most simple way to record quality audio on the go. No need to plug in microphones or mess with wires. This is a all-in-one hand held recorder. A really unique feature is that while it does have on board “XY” microphones built in, that capture great quality audio, it also has two microphone preamps that allow you to connect two external microphones via XLR, in other words you can connect almost any microphone into this recorder. One amazing bonus, the Zoom H4N doubles up as a audio interface, meaning you can plug it directly into your PC or Mac and use it to capture high quality audio from your microphone directly into your favorite audio editing software. If you want to get up and running quick without the hassle of packing and unpacking equipment this is a great option to look into.
Presonus Audiobox USB
Finally, while it’s definitely not considered a “Portable Recorder”, this audio interface is worth mentioning. While some audio interfaces require a plugin outlet to work, the Audiobox USB runs entirely from the USB power on your PC or Mac. This is a great solution for those that love to bring their laptop with them when remote recording their podcast. You can stick with the familiarity of your recording software while utilizing the 24 bit quality that comes with this interface. It has two XLR microphone channels so you can plug in the same microphones you might already be using in your podcast studio. For the price (in most cases under $100) this audio interface is the ultimate bang for your buck.
There are many options today for portable recording. Because technology has come very far in terms of quality it’s hard to go wrong when selecting an option to fit your needs. As I mentioned in the beginning of the article, it’s not so much about the brand, as much as it is the features that will serve you for capturing good quality audio on the go.