Digital Sound & Music: Concepts, Applications, & Science, Chapter 1, last updated 6/25/2013
have one or two built-in microphones with the added option of connecting external microphones
Dedicated multitrack hardware recorders as shown in Figure 1.8 and Figure 1.9 are
available for situations where portability and high channel counts are desirable. These recorders
are generally very reliable but offer little opportunity for editing, mixing, and processing the
recording. The recording needs to be transferred to another system afterwards for those tasks.
Figure 1.7 Small portable audio recorders with built-in microphones
Figure 1.8 A dedicated 12-channel multitrack recorder