I am a musician and I want to record pub sessions etc. I am looking at voice recorders on eBay but it appears that all the ones with decent recording quality are very expensive (£100+) and to justify the price they have dozens of features and buttons that I don't want.
I figure it would be more economical to get a simple, cheap voice recorder (the only buttons I want are record and stop!) with a microphone socket, and get a separate microphone.
I don't want a big microphone, but a lapel-size thing. Still, I'm hoping to pick up sounds from ten metres away. I don't know how to choose a microphone, all the reviews seem to be for large studio mics, or pickups with limited spatial range.
Can anyone please reccomend me a microphone and/or a good basic portable sound recorder?
Thanks a lot.