Originally Posted by T Prior
For sure if maximum quality is the desired end result record in wav format, , but if rehearsing or" what the heck do we actually sound like" is the task, a mid MP3 will suffice.
by the way..
The ZOOM H2 will give you about 5.5 hours on 2 AA batteries. When I record gigs, I shut it down between sets. This allows two things to occur, save some battery life as well as creating separate files for each set. One set is an approx 40 meg file size @ 128 mp3... I also have an Edirol R1 and that's about the same for battery life, as was the Boss Micro BR...
You could however just let it run for 4 sets and make it all the way..just be aware of file size for editing later on...
You can get AA batteries at Lowes, a 24 pack for about $10... Thats about 60 hours of recording time or one real long friggin gig !
my Zoom H1 records at least 10 hours on 1 AA battery.
I never had the chance to actually test it in one go but I have recorded 3 concerts on 3 days on the same battery - now ain't that amazing?
also I use re-chargeable Sanyo Eneloop batteries as I'm no fan of buying the one-way sort and feeling guilty in the environmental sense.
they work great and still hold their power even if they were stored for weeks or months.
my default recording setting is @ 320 mp3 which IMHO is a good compromise between file size and quality. I'll go wav 16 bit / 44,1 kHz when needed but transferring very long sessions via USB 2 can be a PITA.
I also like to shut it down between sets to create a new file ...when I can get at the recorder.
sometimes though I clamp it to the ceiling, way above the heads of the audience. you need a ladder to get at it - then it's nice when you don't have to worry about battery life and just keep the tape