#1
i just saved up enough to get a zoom h4, i just don't know if it's the right thing to do. i know there are better portable recording equipment out there, but right now thats all i can afford. please let me know if you can find any other recorders out there for a decent price
#2
I have zero experience with these but they look like they would do the trick and packed full of features like XLR, USB and Cubase.

http://www.thomann.de/gb/zoom_h4.htm?sid=dd5a9ec43b4c9ff560e99ece93f0d45f

Even tho this is gear, you may get more answers and better answers in the Riffs and Recording Forum. Search on Zoom H4 up in the top right too and welcome to UG.