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The new generation of audio recorders provides easy interface with computers and nonlinear editing systems. They have no tape transport. Instead, sound is recorded directly to a drive or solid-state card. There are currently two types in professional use:

Memory Card Recorders

Memory card recorders use a removable storage device to record sound, called a memory card or flash memory card. The interesting thing about these recorders is that they have no moving parts. Consequently, the machines are shock resistant, rugged, and can be made very small.

Flash Card Recorder (Nagra)

Nagra makes a pocket size model that accepts a mic head, making the whole package about the size of a standard microphone! Despite this portability, recordings must still be made with professional quality microphones and mixing equipment for optimal sound quality.

Pocket Size Recorder (Nagra)

Memory cards are thin like credit cards and vary in size from one to three inches across. They can record several hours of stereo sound, depending on the memory capacity. The cards are reusable.

Transferring the audio files to a nonlinear editing system is simple. The data is downloaded by moving the card from the recorder to the NLE computer or card reader. It doesn’t get any easier than that!

Hard Drive Recorders

The hard drive recorder, as the name implies, it is much like a computer, housing a hard drive as the primary storage device. The recorder may also have a DVD burner and/or memory card slot, depending on the model.

Hard Drive Recorder (Aaton)

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