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Recording Music on Location, 2nd Edition by Bruce Bartlett

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1Gear for Live Recording

Whether you are a musician, concert recordist, live sound engineer, or studio engineer, your first step is choosing the equipment that suits your recording style.

The simplest option is to record with a portable stereo recorder. The process is easy and the required gear costs around $150 and up. A recording made this way may not offer the sound quality of a professional multitrack recording. But it may be good enough—especially if the recording is just for yourself or your friends.

Other options for stereo recording include an iPad with a recording app, or a laptop computer with recording software. These setups cost about $350 and up. We’ll look at the pros and cons of these options in a minute.

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