[access-uk] Re: minidisk versus cassette
- From: "Andy" <andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2005 09:29:43 -0000
Thank you for the advice on suitable mp3 player/recorder. The large buttons and in particular, the on-board speaker would be very helpful. Your point about copying the audio file at fast speed is something that I had not considered. Perhaps by using Goldwave, I can slow the recording down again afterwards. Still time consuming though eh? The option of using an mp3 device with usb connection would be much quicker but I'd need more advice regarding accessibility for these two devices. Michael Lang or Rob Powel would be good sources of information regarding these. Of course, it would also be possible to record directly onto a lap-top using a microphone and Goldwave . I've even tried typing data directly into a lap-top during an interview. This does however interfere with the flow of conversation. wouldn't mind hearing from other visually impaired people and how they undertake this task.
Best wishes. Andy
----- Original Message ----- From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Saturday, January 22, 2005 7:05 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: minidisk versus cassette
Hi Andy. Congrats on landing the job. Legalities aside, I'll give you a couple of pointers to recorders and transfering matterial to computer which I hope will be useful to you.
I'd say that if its a minidisc recorder you want to go for, then the Sony MZB100 might be the best option. It has bigger buttons than the run of the mill portables, has a built-in speaker and the facility to automatically mark the disc every few minutes so that skipping through matterial becomes easier. Its pretty exspensive, but would surely qualify under access to work. Trouble with minidisc is, of course, it always has to be transfered to computer in real time and to my knowledge there is no way around this.
The APH machines are still available even if cassette tape is getting long in the tooth these days. I mention tape because I believe the APH voice recording software enables you to transfer recordings to computer at twice normal speed, thus cutting down on transfer time. Not an ideal solution I know, but maybe worth considering.
I've little experience of MP3 recorders but I know that the models from Archose and Iriver get favourable mentions on this list. You'd have to check that the particular model you buy supports mic recording, but I understand that many do. The great advantage is that you can simply transfer files via USB in a fraction of the time it takes using other methods.
HTH and will be very interested to see other responses you may get. Ray
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----- Original Message ----- From: "Andy" Hi all.
Just managed to secure a job after almost four years unemployed. Now considering options for recording interviews, home visits, supervision sessions etc.
I used to use a small hand cassette recorder to record interviews and then type this information up in my computer. I now have a Sony minidisk and although this has a much better quality of recording, it is difficult to manipulate the recording afterwards, e.g, pausing, rewinding etc. Cassette recorders with piano key controls are much easier but as I said the quality is poorer.
I'd also like the option to saving audio recordings on my computer for future use, so minidisk sounds my best option. However, I have only been able to transfer information via the Line-in feature of my sound card and this is very time consuming.
Can anyone advise me of which device would be most suitable for me, e.g, cassette recorder, minidisk recorder or mp3 recorder? Any additional information concerning makes and models would also be very appreciated.
Best wishes. Andy from sunny Kilcreggan.
Drop me a wee line at: andy@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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