What I want is to record a stereo input signal on a USB drive or SD card, without the use of a laptop.

The reason is I play in a rock band, and during rehearsals it would be nice to be able to record the output of our mixing device. We don't need all 16 outputs, just a simple stereo mix will do (we have mic-ed/lined all singers/instruments).

I want a cheap solution (otherwise I can bring my laptop), but I see many dictaphones with microphones builtin, but not with a (stereo) audio input.

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A simple search for "stereo recorders" turned out plenty of results, such as Tascam DR-05. It has two unidirectional audio microphones, pointed to the left and to the right, which makes it work really well. Also, it supports (and includes) an SD card.

  • Thanks for this answer I was hoping for cheaper (since I would expect without microphones which I need it would be a quite simple device). I don't want/need the microphones (just a line in). Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 14:27
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    Sorry, when you said "with a (stereo) audio input", I assumed you were looking for a microphone. I guess you meant "(stereo) line input". The other thing I should mention is, that $99 is actually pretty cheap for a quality audio recorder: I paid that much for a mono audio recorder. But in either case, I'll take a look.
    – Alex
    Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 14:29
  • Yes, I just would think that an audio recorder would be simpler / cheaper than a voice recorder, but I guess the quality of the recorded sound/DAC is higher. Thanks for the answer! Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 14:41

Since you modified your requirements, I am posting an answer, in case someone needs the first answer for the old requirements. What you would need is, a recording mixer. And unfortunately, those are simply not optimized for being cheap. If you needed to replace your mixer, then it would not be a big price difference to simply buy one that does recording also.

However, you will be pleasantly surprised that I did find one professional audio recorder for less than $100. Professional. Sitting there in the middle of all the other products for $500, $300, $1000. Technical Pro UREC7 is a rack-mountable device that can not only record audio on an SD or a USB professionally, but has all the adjustments for treble and bass, supports RCA inputs and outputs, etc. Very fortunate to have found one so cheap.

  • Thanks, a stereo recording would do, also it's not cheap. Good that you found a cheap one. Commented Nov 14, 2018 at 15:07

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