thanks for the replies, and true enough
i'm looking for something i can go out and wander around with, record some noises or set it down somewhere to record a period of time, and get an ok quality out of it.
i'd prefer it if it was something i could just 'throw' into my pocket or bag. i'm fairly sure i don't need it to be incredible quality yet, because one, i can't afford to spend lots of money of recording equipment, two, the playback systems whatever i finish will go through won't be incredibly high end and three, i have incredibly limited experience with messing around with audio so i'll likely just destroy the quality anyway.
yesterday i was having a look at the zoom h4n handheld recorder jobby, which has apparently good reviews on the internet, given that it's a relatively low cost piece of equipment.here
is the product page, obviously there's going to be a fair amount of guff because the company wants to big up their product as much as possible, but what do you reckon?
that tascam recorder you are using would probably set me back around Â£800 ($1300) and i definitely don't have the money to get that, plus whatever else i would need to record.
the end results would probably at the most get used in university as part of an installation / collaged into song idea sketches with a friend of mine.
hopefully that gives a bit of a clearer picture of what i'm hoping to achieve, or what my needs are