Mixer or No Mixer?
To learn about connecting recording devices to soundboards and mixers, check out my page, “Audio Cables and Adapters.”
This unit is a serious price bump from the first two I mentioned but long-term, it is a great investment. This is the big brother of the Tascam DR-05 I wrote about above. There are a number of advantages of this unit over the DR-05. It records to four separate tracks and stores them as four separate audio files. It has two built-in microphones that can record while you have external sources plugged in. The levels of all four tracks are independently adjustable. And, it accepts XLR connections and provides phantom power. You won’t need the phantom power if you are connecting straight to a soundboard but it does open up some other possibilities. One of reasons I love his device for the work I do is that it allows redundancy. In a typical setup, I might have an XLR connection coming from the soundboard into channel one. Then, I might have a microphone plugged into channel two powered by the onboard phantom power providing a little room sound to make the recording sound more natural. Then I have channels three and four recording from the built-in mics. This has saved me more times than I can count. Sometimes microphones stop working for no apparent reason. Sometimes connections go bad without warning. With four tracks of audio, I can usually salvage something. It may not sound as good as I have originally planned but sometimes, “okay” audio is better than no audio.
Cost: $299 (Amazon)
Connection: XLR, 1/8″
Once you have decided on equipment, you will need to hook it all up. For help, read “Audio Cables and Adapters for Recording Church Sermon Audio.”
Once you have your audio captured, you will need to edit and prepare it for upload. To get started with that, check out “Church Sermon Audio Software.”
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