Hi all – I’ve got an inexpensive Olympus VN-702pc (see pic) handheld digital recorder that I use to record my daughter’s live vocal solo performances….recitals, plays, coffee houses, etc. The vocalists are usually not miked, and there’s usually a piano accompaniment. I’m often sitting 40-50 feet away (or more), and would like to optimize what I pickup from my seat. It does ok most of the time, but it's not stellar. The Olympus has a built in microphone and a mini-jack for an optional external microphone. Would I be better off with an external mike? If so, what type? I'm wondering if a directional mike might help me get more vocal and less ambient piano. I’m not really interested in forking out $200 on a mike for a $30 recorder, so are there any decent $20 microphones that would make sense for what I”m doing? I've even thought of using a wireless lapel mike, and attaching the receiving unit to the recorder....though I'm not sure she'd like the transmitting unit attached to her! Other thoughts?
There are times when I could set the recorder near the stage and just capture the whole event, but it's not practical to do at many of the events...some I'm not supposed to record at all, but it's usually hard to resist!