#1
Hey all,

I plan on recording a couple of my high-gain amps while capturing more of a 'live' tone (staying away from my existing Shure SM57, Sennheiser e609/MD421, Suhr Reactive Load, etc).

I tried the iPhone 6 route... until I finally admitted to myself the sound quality is severely lacking! Today I've narrowed my choices to the Zoom H5, Zoom H6, Tascam DR-22WL, Tascam DR-44WL, Roland R26, and Olympus LS-14. There's a good chance I'd purchase all 6 from Guitar Center / Sweetwater, compare the overall audio quality for each, then return all except 1.

Does anyone here have experience with the above? Any suggestions?

Thanks,
Nick
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#2
Live tone?
You mean you want to record what you hear in the room?

Get a good mic and place it in the rooms.
I'd suggest a C414 for this application.

You may want to get a good sounding room first, and that will set you back of more than the 414.
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#3
Not sure what you mean, do you mean recording yourself while you play in a club?

For home recording I'd also suggest doing it the current way and if you want to capture more room, a condenser would do.

Look up soundonsound.com and do a search on all these, they'll have professional reviews.

I've worked with the Roland and the quality hasn't been lacing. Other people I know love the Zoom range, and the Olympus got raving reviews so all of them are good. If you want mic options though, the Zoom range is the most flexible.
#4
If you want to capture more room sound just move your 57 away from the amp and experiment with placement. If you want a stereo recording, the Zoom H1 works great to capture live gigs. Just depends on exactly what you plan to do. Buying a tool without a clear specific plan will probably disappoint.
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