WORK TAPESIf you don't already, you may want to consider using a digital pocket recorder for making work tapes of your songs. Although I am a fan of the digital recorders made today, they are not created equally. So, be prepared to try a few different models until you find the one that meets your needs.
TASCAM DR-40I originally purchased the DR-40 because I thought having multi-tracking capabilities would be beneficial. I also thought that recording in stereo would be cool as well. Although I ended up not using the multi-tracking feature, it will allow you to layer your song parts if you desire.
DR-40 MEMORYThe DR-40 has removable SD memory which is a cool feature. It really speeds up data transfer to your computer.
DR-40 SOUNDThe stereo recorded sound is very clean. A little too clean for my taste.The speaker is located on the bottom. So, to get your playback sound very loud you need to turn the unit over.
DR-40 EFFECTSThe built in effects could be really handy if you don't have any other means of adding reverb.
The effects are quite acceptable for what they are. Just don't expect Bricasti type reverb sound.
OLYMPUS DP-10I originally purchased the DP-10 because it was the cheapest digital pocket recorder at the store I was in. Also, the simple controls reminded me of the micro-cassette recorders I was using at the time.
DP-10 OPERATIONIt doesn't get any easier than the controls on the DP-10. Play, Stop, Record, Next / Fast-Forward, and Previous / Rewind. You can select microphone "sensitivity" to help get an overdrive sound when playing back through the speaker. It also usually helps to have the "noise cancelling" set to OFF for a nice "edgy sound".
The way this little machine distorts through the speaker is simply amazing. Playback is pretty clean when sending audio out the 1/8" jack. But, it's not even close to the DR-40. And forget about removable memory because there isn't any. You have to transfer the files the old fashion way.
CONCLUSIONAlthough I use the Olympus DP-10 pocket recorder for recording my daily work tapes, you may prefer the DR-40 or something similar. In the end, I recommend you find a recorder that not only meets your budget, but also inspires you to record your music.
Thanks for reading,