The way we record audio has changed drastically over the ages. Older generations are familiar with the cassette deck recorders in the mid-1980’s being their only reference for recording live audio. However today we have what is known as the digital audio recorder. Comparing a digital audio recorder to that of the tape deck recorder is like comparing a luxury sports car to a station wagon.
The digital audio recorder captures audio the same but records it as super high sound quality. Also, there is no tape or record-able media used. Instead, the majority of devices record the audio and embed the sound file on an SD card. A digital audio recorder can also give you many options in the way you receive the audio into your recording. Some devices allow you to add filters or sound channels and effects to your recording which are applied in real time as the audio is recorded then rendered to the SD card or thumb drive.
A big advantage to the digital audio recorder is that after you have recorded your audio you can deliver the audio by physically mailing the audio to someone thru the postal service or place the SD card in a pc or laptop and attach the file to an email.
One of the biggest benefits of the new digital recording process versus the older tape recordings is being able to change the amount of audio you can record in a simple switch of the SD card. If you want to record more audio all you have to do is simply inserted a larger format SD card. Digital audio recorders range from the inexpensive to the very costly. Depending on whether you are using it professionally or for personal use. Studio quality digital audio recorders can be in the thousands of dollars all the way down to a personal digital for about twenty US dollars.
So the next time someone asks you “What is a digital audio recorder ?”, hopefully, now you have a better understanding and can answer them with confidence.