Any director, music teacher, or private instructor can tell you that it is impossible to get everything done during rehearsal time. Especially with larger groups, picking up on every small mistake or weakness is far too tall an order. Once that short rehearsal time is over, you are left wracking your brain trying to remember every important point your group needs to practice. But it doesn’t have to be that hard.
A handheld recorder can make your life a lot easier. As a conductor, you can take your ensemble home with you and listen to your entire rehearsal as many times as you need. Music teachers and private instructors can use their recorders and make copies for their students to show them exactly what they need to practice. With that in mind, here are two of the best handheld recorders Pepper has to offer:
The Zoom H2N
The Zoom H2N is great for both solo and ensemble recording, as it features four unique recording modes utilizing its five mic capsules. The device can be placed in the middle of an ensemble and record from all directions, picking up each individual instrument with incredible balance. It can also be adjusted to record only what is directly in front of it, ideal for recording a single player or small group.
The H2N also automatically makes WAV or MP3 files, so that you can make recordings of your students or ensembles and send them out for further review. It can save over 50 minutes of sound at a time, making it possible to record an entire rehearsal to listen to later. The H2N is simple to learn and use. Check out more information here.
The Zoom Q4
The Zoom Q4, in addition to being an excellent recorder, adds another dimension to recording and reviewing rehearsals. It allows users to record video along with audio, giving instructors the ability to review technique at the same time they listen to their rehearsal. Are your singers slouching? Are your second violins up-bowing when they should be down-bowing? Are your trombones even paying attention? Check the tape and see for sure using the Zoom Q4!