[bct] Re: Digital recorders for Dummies

  • From: The Scarlet Wombat <coconut@xxxxxxx>
  • To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 01 Dec 2005 17:07:44 -0500

Joni, there are no dumb questions.

A digital recorder can record audio on built in memory, or a card like a compact flash card, or a built in internal hard disk, or even a special recordable disk called a mini-disk.

Usually, they connect to your computer using a usb cable and, once connected, they look like another drive to your computer so you can move the files from the recorder to your computer for editing and compressing into mp3 formats if you want. Some of the digital recorders produce mp3 files to start with, but you cannot edit an mp3 directly, even if the software appears to be doing this.

You do need programs to edit digital recordings. They can be fairly simple or far more complicated. I am sure others can comment on the simple ones, but Sound Forge and Studio Recorder are two more complex ones that allow you to do a lot of stuff and are not the most difficult things in the world to learn.

In addition, you can get a product like Total Recorder for your computer, a usb microphone and actually make your recordings directly onto your computer. While this has drawbacks, like limited portability and the noise of the computer's fans if there are any, it does avoid having to purchase a digital recorder.

Hope this helps a bit.


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