Whether you're doing a podcast, interviews, or even a short film, having crisp audio will make or break your content. Having a good recorder on hand will not only make your job easier but give you the foundation you need to build your image. 

For our Deals of the Week, we found some awesome production on sale to get you started.

Zoom H4n Pro

Zoom H4n Pro

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  • Sleek Brown Finish and Red Accent
  • Onboard Stereo Mic and Built-In Speaker
  • Dual XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Instrument Inputs
  • Overdubbing and 4-Channel Recording
  • Records in WAV up to 96 kHz
  • 3.5mm Line/Headphone Output
  • Built-In FX for Mixing Tracks
  • Battery Life up to 10 Hours
  • Supports SDHC Cards up to 32GB
  • Metronome and Tuner Functions
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The Zoom H4n has been around for ages, and it's a tried and true piece of kit. The Zoom H4n Pro is the latest of the series, even if it has been on the market for a while. 

Like other H-Series Handy recorders such as the H5 and H6, you can hold it in your hand, attach it to a mic stand or tripod, or mount it to a camera (shoe mount available separately). The H4n Pro packs a surprising array of features into a rugged rubberized body that's more than ready to meet the varied demands of songwriters, musicians, filmmakers, sound designers, content creators, and more.

From plentiful battery life to powerful audio processing functions, the H4n Pro is well equipped to handle anything from tracking live performances, demos, and complete songs, to recording sound effects, interviews, and meetings. It can supply phantom or plug-in power for condenser mics and accepts direct connections from an instrument such as a guitar, bass, or keyboard. No matter the source, selectable auto-recording, and prerecording ensure you'll never miss the start of a take. I have a 10-year-old Zoom H4n that I still use to this day and it hasn't let me down yet.

Zoom H8

Zoom H8

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  • Podcast/Music/Field Recording Modes
  • Swappable X/Y Stereo Mic Capsule
  • 4 x XLR Mic Inputs with Pads and +48V
  • 2 x XLR-1/4" Mic/Line/Hi-Z Inputs
  • Intuitive Color Touchscreen
  • 3.5mm Line & Headphone Outputs
  • Onboard Compressor & Low-Cut Filter
  • Powered via Batteries, AC, or USB
  • Supports SDXC Cards up to 512GB
  • Stereo Safety Track Recording
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The Zoom H8 is the bigger sibling of the H4n Pro with the same reliability but a whole lot more features. With three app-driven modes that instantly configure the color touchscreen for podcasting, music production, or location recording, the Zoom H8 portable handheld recorder lets you quickly record up to eight simultaneous input signals via a workflow that's highly optimized for your task. Plus, it's compatible with an array of capsules (available separately) for easy expansion into 10-input recording, Ambisonics 360-degree audio, and more.

If you need some extra oomph and coverage, the Zoom H8 is your go-to audio recorder. 

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Essentials Kit 

Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Kit

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  • MixPre-6 II 32-Bit Field Recorder
  • Field Case for MixPre-6 II
  • Battery Sled for the MixPre-6 II
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
  • AC/DC Charger for Li-Ion Battery
  • Sony MDR-7506 Headphones
  • SDHC Memory Card
  • Pack of Cable-Organizing Fastener Straps
  • Carabiner Cable Carrier
Essentials Kit

But what if you need a full kit? This Sound Devices MixPre-6 II Essentials Kit includes a 32-Bit audio recorder, mixer, and USB interface alongside many useful items. Included are a custom-fit field case for the MixPre-6 II, a pair of Sony MDR-7506 headphones for monitoring in the field, a lithium-ion battery sled for the mixer, a lithium-ion battery, battery charger, an SDHC memory card, a pack of cable-organizing strips, and a carabiner-style cable carrier.

The Sound Devices MixPre-6 II multitrack field recorder is a solid choice for independent filmmakers, field recordists, and Ambisonic enthusiasts who need pristine audio capture of up to four microphones. Record up to six tracks of external sources (four channels via XLR-1/4" combo jacks and two channels via a 3.5mm mini jack)—as well as a stereo mix—at sample rates and resolutions of up to 192 kHz / 32-bit, all while monitoring audio in headphones. If you choose to use the MixPre-6 II as your studio interface, you'll be able to achieve sample rates up to 96 kHz. 

Which one do you need in your kit? Let us know in the comments!

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