It seems technology has managed to find an answer to almost every musician’s needs. I’d like to think it’s mostly a good thing, even if it has an overwhelmingly saturated market as a side effect. Anyway, check this out – the Reclouder, as it’s called, is a portable, battery-powered recording device with wireless connectivity. It allows direct 24-bit/96kHz WAV recording onto SD/SDHC cards with simultaneous uploading of audio to Reclouder’s cloud storage platform (over Wi-Fi) and Bluetooth sync.
A compact unit with a rugged exterior, the Reclouder has a single mic/line input with 48V phantom power, a mic/line thru for mixer connection, a pair of 3.5mm jack inputs for video microphones with 2.5V plug-in power, and a pair of 3.5mm audio outputs for camera and headphones. LED indicators are present, as well as an analog input control with level meters and autogain function. I also love the big ol’ Rec button, I find it very smash-able. What’s more, the Reclouder can be mounted onto a DSLR or camcorder – so it functions as an audio interface for cameras, in a way. The unit is powered via 3 x AAA batteries or external power over microUSB.
Bluetooth connectivity lets you sync a bunch of Reclouders (unlimited) for multi-track recording with automated synchronization of multi-tracks inside the session. It also enables mobile connection to Android and iOS devices for remote control.
Price and availability
Reclouder is priced USD 199. I can see how it can simplify the recording chain of almost any artist wishing to store a recording of their performance, or become part of a videographer’s audio recording rig. Unfortunately, audio streaming is not part of the action – but I can see how streaming capacity could complicate Reclouder’s hardware and software simplicity, not to mention dealing with latency issues.