I use gadgets that are small, portable, user friendly, computer compatible, and easy to maintain. This is a gadget I use when I interview artists.
Roland Edirol R-09 Digital Recorder
I use this recorder, with an accessory pouch with openings for the controls and a belt clip in the back, pinned close to my left shoulder with a large safety pin. It weighs 5.4 oz including two AA batteries. With two built-in microphones, one on the left and the other, on the right, the Edirol measures 4″ x 2.5″ x 1.25″.
It comes with a 64MB SD card, which I replaced with a 4GB card. The 1.125″ x .5″ graphic display is easy to read and you can see the sound levels when the 24-bit uncompressed recording takes place. You can play back the recording and listen to it with head phones or use the USB 2 connection to upload to your computer.