I'm on something of a quest for the perfect mobile studio, and lately a few of my like-minded colleagues have been telling me about this tiny, inexpensive recorder that they have been using to record on the road. These are people who I consider experts on home and mobile studios, so I took their testimonials seriously.
I just had to try the Saramonic SR-VRM1 XLR Recorder, and I don't mind telling you that it lives up to every bit of they hype and then some. Not only is it coming with me on my next trip, I've already put it to work in my home studio.
The Saramonic recorder is deceptively small, both in size and in price. At 3" tall, 1 .25 inches wide, and 1.5 inches across, it is literally a pocket studio. Just add 2 AA batteries, a Micro SD card up to 32GB, and plug in your headphones and these thing becomes a behemoth.
With +48V Phantom Power and a switchable low-cut filter, a voice actor on the road can plug a microphone directly onto the SR-VRM1, for a fully functional recording studio. It's four small buttons hide a ton of options, for the Phantom Power and low-cut filter, gain, and headphone volume (headphones can be plugged into a 3.5 millimeter jack next to the SD Card slot).
I've been having loads of fun - and just completed two jobs - with the Saramonic recorder and my AT4050 microphone. I absolutely recommend it for the voiceover artist on the go, or for any mobile or outdoor recording. It may not look like much, but it is a beast.