[bct] Re: Digital recorders for Dummies

  • From: "Darren Duff" <dduff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 19:14:48 -0500

Well, I will tell you that you can get the Olympus WS200S from
Amazon.com for 99.99! That's half off retail! Great, now I sound like
one uh them radio announcers! Heheheheh.


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Joni Colver
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 6:57 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Digital recorders for Dummies

Dan your answers are very helpful.  Thank you!

I find the subject of digital recording both intriguing and
intimidating.  I 
will have to do some research and just pick a recorder at some point and

dive in.  I know that taking it step-by-step will work in the long run,
from the standpoint of someone who isn't terribly experienced or 
knowledgeable in working with audio files it all can seem a bit 
overwhelming.  I know this list and the BCT podcasts will be a great
and I appreciate the willingness to share and help a raw beginner.
to everyone who has responded with encouragement and advice.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "The Scarlet Wombat" <coconut@xxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 4:07 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Digital recorders for Dummies

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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