Best Recorders for Podcasting

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The RØDECaster Pro II is the  ultimate podcasting mixer, recorder, and interface all in one! Connect up to 4 XLR microphones, easily mix-minus with calls through multiple devices, and adjust volume individually for up to four headphones! Connect up to 2 computers, tablets, or smartphones via USB; and 1 of these via Bluetooth. Plus, record in split multitrack to the microSD card or to your PC via USB.

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Or consider the first-generation for less!

Zoom Podtrak series

When you need portability, the Zoom Podtrak series offers the best features in the smallest packages! They're even battery-powered!

Both the P4 and P8 offer TRRS for connecting to a mobile device, or add a Bluetooth adapter (sold separately) for wireless connectivity.

Podtrak P4

  • 4 XLR inputs
  • 4 headphone outputs
  • Up to 3 hours of use from 2 AA batteries (or power via USB)
  • 4 sound pads

Podtrak P8

  • Touchscreen interface
  • Onboard audio-editing
  • 6 XLR inputs
  • 6 headphone outputs
  • Up to 1.5 hours of use from 4 AA batteries (or power via included AC adapter)
  • 9 sound pads with 4 banks

Zoom H1n

Zoom H1n Portable Recorder, Onboard Stereo Microphones, Camera Mountable, Records to SD Card, Compact, USB Microphone, Overdubbing, Dictation, For Recording Music, Audio for Video, and Interviews

For ultra small, portable, and convenient recording, I use and recommend the Zoom H1n. It’s small enough to fit in your pocket for recording from a wired lavalier microphone, and it’s built-in condenser microphones are good enough for remote recording.

Where to buy the Zoom H1n

Zoom H6

Zoom H6 6-Track Portable Recorder, Stereo Microphones, 4 XLR/TRS Inputs, Records to SD Card, USB Audio Interface, Battery Powered, for Stereo/Multitrack Audio for Video, Podcasting, and Music

The Zoom H6 is a six-channel portable recorder and practically an entire studio in a single unit! Its built-in XLR preamps are great for directly connecting microphones (up to six, with an additional accessory!), and it’s X/Y condenser microphones perform well for simple, remote recording.

The top X/Y capsule can be replaced with any of Zoom’s six interchangeable interfaces for different uses, including two more XLR inputs.

The Zoom H6 can also function as a 6-channel USB audio interface.

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