13 Best Portable Studio Recorders

List Updated October 2021

Bestselling Portable Studio Recorders in 2021


Zoom ZH1 H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder (Black)

Zoom ZH1 H1 Handy Portable Digital Recorder (Black)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2021
  • Stereo X/Y mic configuration captures perfect stereo images
  • Same frequency and SPL handling as popular Zoom H2
  • Records Broadcast WAV (BWF) at 96kHz/48kHz/44.1kHz at 16-bit or 24-bit
  • Records MP3 from 48 to 320kbps for maximum recording time
  • Hi-Speed USB 2.0 port

Tascam DP-006 Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder

Tascam DP-006 Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2021
  • 6-track Portable Multi-track Recorder
  • CD-Quality Recording (44.1kHz/16-bit)
  • 2G SD Card and AA Batteries included, record to SD/SDHC card up to 32GB
  • Up to six tracks recording 2mono tracks+ 2mono/stereo switchable tracks
  • Built-in high quality stereo condenser microphone, two mic/line inputs

Professional Condenser Microphone Recording with Stand for PC Computer iPhone Phone Android Ipad Podcasting, Online Chatting Mini Microphones by XIAOKOA (K10Sliver)

Professional Condenser Microphone Recording with Stand for PC Computer iPhone Phone Android Ipad Podcasting, Online Chatting Mini Microphones by XIAOKOA (K10Sliver)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2021

Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder

Zoom H6 Six-Track Portable Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2021
  • Direct recording to SD cards up to 128GB.Display 2.0-inch full color LCD (320 x 240 pixels)
  • Gain knobs, pads, and phantom power for each input. Maximum Sound Pressure Input: 122 dB SPL
  • Newly redesigned preamps with an ultra-low noise floor, up to 24-bit/96kHz audio in wav or MP3 format
  • Mountable directly to dslr or camcorder with optional hs-01 hot shoe mount adapter. Multichannel and stereo usb audio interface for pc/mac/ipad
  • Includes: owners manual, XYH-6 X/Y capsule, MSH-6 MS capsule, AA size LR6 battery x4, USB cable, sponge windscreen, cubase LE software, case

Tascam DP-008EX Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder

Tascam DP-008EX Digital Portastudio Multitrack Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2021
  • 8-track Portable Multi-track Recorder
  • CD-Quality Recording (44.1kHz/16-bit)
  • Built-in High-quality Stereo Condenser Microphone
  • Two XLR mic/line with +48V Phantom Power
  • 2G SD Card and AA Batteries Included

Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone

Tascam DR-10L Digital Audio Recorder with Lavalier Microphone
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2021
  • Includes high performance lavaliere microphone
  • Records to 48kHz/24-bit mono BWAV (Broadcast WAV) file format
  • Records to microSD or microSDHC media (up to 32GB)
  • microUSB input for external power or file transfer. Input impedance: 33kohm (mic bias off) / 2kohm (mic bias on)
  • TASCAM-Exclusive Dual Recording mode captures a lower-level (up to -12dB) safety track to prevent distorted takes

Tascam DR-05 Stereo Portable Digital Recorder

Tascam DR-05 Stereo Portable Digital Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2021
  • Built-in omni-directional microphones
  • Stereo mini headphone jack for external stereo microphones (provides plug-in power) / External line input
  • Tempo change (VSA) function for adjusting the speed from 0.5 to 1.5 times (in 0.1 increments)
  • Chromatic tuner, Powered by 2 AA batteries, USB power or optional AC adapter (Tascam PS-P515U), MicroSD 4GB card
  • included Refer page 17 of user manual below for trouble shooting volume issues

Tascam DP-24SD Digital Portastudio 24-Track SD Card Recorder

Tascam DP-24SD Digital Portastudio 24-Track SD Card Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2021
  • Eighteen track faders and one master fader allows instant access to any track without selecting pages or banks of faders.
  • 3.5" LCD screen and select, self-illuminated buttons - make it easy to keep an eye on your entire creative process.
  • Records to SD/SDHC cards to provide fast, secure and reliable capture of every vocal line, guitar lick and drum hit.
  • Built-in multi effects processor and mastering tools make it easy to go from demo to finished product.
  • Remote connector for optional RC-3F footswitch. OS :Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Mac OS X Snow Leopard(V10.6), OS X Lion(V10.7), OS X Mountain Lion(V10.8), OS X Mavericks(V10.9)

Digital Voice Recorder,Professional Audio Sound Recorder Dictaphone for Lectures,V3 Voice Activated Recorder with Playback Variable Speed MP3, FM Radio by Milaloko

Digital Voice Recorder,Professional Audio Sound Recorder Dictaphone for Lectures,V3 Voice Activated Recorder with Playback Variable Speed MP3, FM Radio by Milaloko
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2021
  • [Great Voice Quality] It features Noise reduction/cancellation. And with its dual external microphones, this MILALOKO V3 recorder can pick up more detailed, crystal clear voice. With a built-in powerful loudspeaker on the back. Recording formats MP3,WMA.
  • [Feature-rich] Records any cellphone, landline call and FM radio recording. A-B repeat during the playback, Rewind/Fast forward, Bookmark/Track-mark function, Auto files-saving before running out of battery. USB cable to transfer files to Mac/PC. Rapid USB cable charging(3.5hrs).
  • [Practical] Sturdy aluminum construction. Large TFT display screen. Big buttons, intuitive design for easy operation. Start recording immediately (at any interface) by pressing the [REC] button. Small enough to fit into any pocket. Perfect for meetings, lectures or interviews.
  • [Numerous Functions] Files editing. Key hold Feature. Voice activated mode (VOX mode). Password settings for important privacy. Sleep timer. Alarm clock. 8GB capacity of flash memory, with microSD expansion memory slot(Maximum 32GB but SD card is not included).
  • [COMPLETELY risk-free] With Customer Service Support. 30 Day Hassle-Free Return Policy! 1 Year Warranty.

T Power Ac Dc Adapter Charger Compatible with Tascam PS-P520 DP-008 DP-004 MPGT1 CDGT2 DR1 DR-07 Recorder GT-R1 Guitar Bass Reer MP-BT1 Trainer MP-GT1 MP3 CD-BT2 CD-GT2 CD-VT2 Trainer Power Supply

T Power Ac Dc Adapter Charger Compatible with Tascam PS-P520 DP-008 DP-004 MPGT1 CDGT2 DR1 DR-07 Recorder GT-R1 Guitar Bass Reer MP-BT1 Trainer MP-GT1 MP3 CD-BT2 CD-GT2 CD-VT2 Trainer Power Supply
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2021

Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder

Roland R-05 Studio WAVE/MP3 Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2021
  • High-quality stereo recording (24-bit / 96kHz) with the built-in stereo mic or external input.
  • Strong, attractive metallic exterior. Music-practice features (change tempo without changing pitch, loop playback, etc.). Onboard editing functions; built-in reverb
  • Auto record start, auto song split, auto level adjustPre Record function (captures 2 seconds of audio that precedes pressing REC)Use as a high-quality portable audio player (plays WAV and MP3 files)Includes windscreen and built-in tripod mounting socket

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder

Zoom H4N PRO Digital Multitrack Recorder
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2021

Tascam DP-32SD Pack Digital 32-Track SD Portastudio Portable Studio Recorder with Cables and Headphones

Tascam DP-32SD Pack Digital 32-Track SD Portastudio Portable Studio Recorder with Cables and Headphones
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2021
  • Package Includes: Studio Headphones, (2) XLR Cables, SD Card, TMS Polishing Cloth
  • 8 mono tracks + 12 mono/stereo selectable tracks
  • Simultaneous 32 track playback
  • Integrated 40-input mixer to mixdown the 32 playback tracks with the 8 inputs or for bouncing
  • 16 or 24 bit, 44.1 or 48 kHz recording

In-Home Makeshift Recording Studio for Under $2000

How-to Guide on how to make an in home studio for under $2000.

Now if it's just going to be you recording nothing but a guitar, the Line 6 GX USB Recording Interface is just for you. It will only cost you $69.99 for the GX. A guitar cord will cost somewhere around $12. Possibly less, possibly more depending on length.

The GX comes with the easy-to-use GearBox recording software. The GearBox has over 75 guitar amp models, 30 bass amp models, almost 100 stompbox and studio effects, and 6 mic preamp models. The GX is USB powered and is great if all you want is one guitar. The bad part is that is all you can have, no vocals unless you have an adapter which could run you around $20, and you'd need a XLR cable which would cost around $12. Plus you'd need a microphone so add $50 for that. With just a guitar and cord, this will only run you only about $82 but if you want vocals, the price could easily climb to $175.

If you want vocals, you'll want to upgrade to the Line 6 TonePort UX1 USB Recording/Modeling Interface. It'll run you $129.99 but it comes with a XLR input which saves you $20. You'll still need a microphone though, and for $50 bucks but worth every penny, I recommend an Audio Technica Pro 63 Cardioid Dynamic Instrument Mic. It can be used to mic instruments that don't plug in and it can be used for vocals. This will make your total around $200 including a XLR cable for your microphone, and a guitar cord. The UX1 also comes with Ableton Live Lite 6, which allows you to completely edit your song, plus add bass and drum tracks. This program is not include with the GX.

Let's say you have a friend that you play music with, and like you he needs an instrument input and a vocal input. The Line 6 TonePort UX2 USB Recording/Modeling Interface is just like the UX1 but doubling your inputs. It costs $199.99. Plus you'll need 2 vocal mics with XLR cords. That'll be another $75 bringing your total to about $275. There are also outputs for footswitches (sold seperatley) that allow you to start and stop recording from a distance, and outputs for monitors, allowing you to hear yourself better. A good monitor (I suggest the Yamaha A12 12" 2-Way Floor Monitor) will run you $169.99 each. But you will also need a power amp to power the monitor which will cost you $319.99 (QSC RMX 850 Power Amp price). So adding a monitor each plus a power amp will bring your total to $935.

There is also the Line 6 TonePort KB37 Audio Interface and MIDI Controller. This is basically the UX2 but includes a 37-note full-sized keyboard. Odds are if you're interested in this, you've played a piano or keyboard before. And for an extra $100, it'd just be easier to plug in a keyboard to the instrument input. It includes everything the UX2 does just add $100 to make it $1135.

Now if you want more than just 2 vocals, 2 instruments, and a keyboard, you are going to need a few things. You will want the Line 6 UX1. This will now be used as a converter basically. You will need a mixer with more than 6 channels. I use the discontinued Samson Mixpad 12, but I would recommend the Yamaha MG16/4 4 Bus Mixer which costs $229.99. So far with the mixer and the UX1 your total comes to around $360. You will also need a power amp which again is $319.99 bringing your total to around $680. For 4 microphones it will cost about $200 bringing your total to $880. You don't absolutely have to have monitors but I highly recommend it, so 4 monitors ($680) would bring your total to $1560. You will also have to mic each guitar, so for 2 mics (Sennheiser E609 Silver Dynamic Guitar Microphones) it will cost $220 but you can use the Audio Technicas ($100 for 2) bringing your total to $1660 with the Audio Technicas. That is a total of 6 mic cables (4 vocals, 2 guitars). Plus 1 for the bass amp. You do not need a mic for the bass amp, it will plug into the head directly. So a total of 7 mic cords. You can purchase 10 for $40, which is a good idea to have back-ups. This brings your total to $1700. If you are going to be using a keyboard you will most likely need a direct box. I suggest a Radial ProDI Passive Direct Box ($79.99) but a Behringer ULTRA-DI DI100 Direct Box will work fine ($39.99) bringing your grand total to $1740. So with about $260 left over, I'd say that's a pretty good makeshift recording studio. And if you know people who are interested in recording, you can make your money back in no time.

All prices are based on musician's friend prices.

If you actually do take my advice and make this studio, I am more than willing to help you pick out what is best for you so feel free to leave me a comment or message.

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