This may be a given to some of you, but I can’t stress how key it is to always have a way to make a quality recording. Many of us have something in our phones, but a good field recorder can be a valuable investment. I was in the airport the other day and there was a weird alarm going off. It had such an amazing “bloop” sound. I was actually working on a beat at the time in my headphones and I heard it during a pause. I stopped what I was doing and ran over with my Zoom H2 recorder. I chopped it up and was able to throw it into a sampler for adding it to my beat. It fits perfectly! I will probably use this sample many times in the future.
I set up a session so you can hear it. Check it out HERE.
It also is great to have a recorder to document live shows, DJ sets, rehearsals, and found sounds in nature like bird songs and the ocean.
Zoom H2 recorder is great and there are many afoordable models out there.