I need something a bit particular, and would like some input from people with more experience in these things than I.
I have a number of conditions, however.
ok, first off, what I need:
a means to record a concert, "live", not the very best environmental/acoustical conditions.
the audio data will then be (minimally) edited and burned to a CD (not for professional distribution, these are "demo" type recordings)
The cost has to remain as low as possible.
The things I have considered: a netbook with a mic; a DAT with a mic, lugging around a desktop PC with a mic;... other suggestions I have not thought of?
With a decent stereo microphone on a boom, what sort of option should I be looking at for the recording medium?
If I go the netbook or PC or laptop route, do I need a very good soundcard? or is the soundcard not involved in any question of quality for what I need?
Sorry if this sounds all rather confused.. but I AM rather confused. I know nothing about audio engineering - and actually have very little interest in it. But I'd like to be able to record all of our festival concerts and be able to give a decent recording to the musicians who participate. This is particularly important if we are performing any new works.