Directors' Toolbox

Meet Your New Rehearsal Assistant

September 12, 2014
Handheld Recorders

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!

Click here for more information on our other handheld recorders.


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  • Reply victoria December 27, 2015 at 5:44 am

    After using this hand help mic., how is it download it into the internet for the student’s to learn their part. Is it easy to dot his? How? Thanks!

  • Reply victoria December 27, 2015 at 5:55 am

    I am sorry if I am not making my question clear. I am trying to tape the different parts of the choral music ( soprano, alto etc) and then download it into a site so that the students can learn their parts by just visiting the site. Can this hand held mic. do the job? If yes. How?

    • Reply Jen Tolnay January 4, 2016 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Victoria, yes, the device is capable of recording files that can be shared on the internet.

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