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I would like to record myself for self critique purposes to hear what areas I need to work on. Aside from using a cassette player what would be the next step up in recording without costing to much.
 

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If you have any computer, then get one of these USB interfaces that come with some software. Yamaha Steinberg's UR 22 is excellent and you can get it for around $130.- but there are similar and cheaper options. You can also just use your smart phone but it is cumbersome. You definitely do not want to use a cassette player, though.

Some of the stuff can be found in pawn shops but you don't save that much and then you run into licensing issues for the software.
 

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I've been using a Zoom H2 for years as a field recorder. Inexpensive, easy to use, available used, durable, and records great audio....

Good luck!
 

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Tascam is another digital like Zoom. Digital is a lot better than cassette.
Better recording quality, easier to edit and search and modify. Easier to erase.
I paid about $100 for mine.
 

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I specifically bought a Shure MV88 to record good audio with my iPhone. Here is a sample recording using that mic. I just sat my phone on my stand during rehearsal.

I do voice-over recording using an Audio-Technica AT2020USB+. When I'm at home I use this mic because it's always connected to my computer. It's definitely good enough to clearly hear and critique my own playing too.

I used to use a Samson C01UCW. (I don't use it anymore for voice-over recording because it picks up too much background noise.) Again, it'll work too and it's the cheapest option that I have experience with.

Let us know what you end up doing and what works for you.

All the best!
 

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I'm gonna 'plus 1' the Tascam DR5...good recordings, built in tuner, a looping feature and will also change speed without changing pitch.
And...hoping for no snarky responses...
 

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I would like to record myself for self critique purposes to hear what areas I need to work on. Aside from using a cassette player what would be the next step up in recording without costing to much.
fwiw - the first time I tried this on a phone, it was really depressing... then I realised that it's quite important to be able to setup the gain and some apps are more helpful than others - it's worth trying a few recording apps to find one that shows gain etc. and gives some control.
The second time I tried on the phone it was really quite depressing... one quickly realises how much work there is to do!
 

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I've still got a Reel to Reel, it's an Elizabethan Princess 1959. My Dad bought it for all the family to use, and it still works! It's had a few repairs, valves, belts etc, but it's still working 60 yrs old this year. I've got a Zoom H1 as well, but I prefer the Reel to Reel.
 
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