[bct] Re: Opinions on purchasing a digital recorder for recording college classes?

  • From: "M. Dimitt" <jamdim@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:52:01 -0700

Hi, Jay:
Welcome to the list. I myself have been trying to make a decision on digital recorders. You want good quality and accessibility all in one. but since I'm still trying to make up my mind, I can't help you there. But I will say a very friendly, "Hello."
Sincerely, Jamie D.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jay Pellis" <jalucard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 3:47 PM
Subject: [bct] Opinions on purchasing a digital recorder for recording college classes?

Hi everyone-
I just joined this list after listening to the bct podcast for a few
months now and i love the different reviews etc that are posted.  They
helped me decide to purchase some items such as a usb headset/microphone
for skype.
I have been browsing through the various digital recorder podcast
reviews and there sure are a lot of them!  I am just wondering, what
would be the best thing to do in my situation, here is my little story.
I will be attending duquesne university in pittsburgh pennsylvania in
the fall as a grad student majoring in electronic music composition.
I'm sure i will have classes where lecturing and taking notes will be
going on.  Now i own a pacmate bx420 and it's worked great in terms of
taking notes.  I'd like to record classes though, just to be able to
have to listen to later and either take notes at my leisure or just
listen for reference.  Another example would be in private music
lessons, if someone was playing part of a song that i wanted to
memorize, it would be awesome to record it instead of having someone
record it later on for me, which is what happened in my undergrad
experiences.  Lol my saxophone teacher used cassettes to record pieces
he wanted me to memorize so i had to hunt down a tape player and i
always ended up losing the cassettes anyway.  Needless to say it wasn't
such a great experience.
So here are the options as i see them.  The pacmate 4.0 upgrade which
should be coming out soon is said to support resco audio recorder
version 3.  I have a 2 gig flash card so should i purchase the program
and just use the pacmate for recording?  if i do, do i buy a microphone
or use the pacmates internal one?  in terms of microphones, i am use to
a regular microphone, for example the shore sm58 that i have and i use
to use it when i played in a few jazz bands.  I don't even have a clue
what these new binoral mics are or anything like that.
Second option, i hav an iriver h340 mp3 player and it's great, even with
out the rockbox software.  I did install that however even though it's
still in development.  Hopefully when it gets released, it will also
support recording.
My third option which i may not even have to consider because of the
first 2 is to buy a digital recorder.  Which means buying another piece
of equipment, lol i feel like i have tons of stuff already that i use on
a daily basis.  Like i said, the first 2 options i listed seem the best
way to go for me but who knows.  If i buy a recorder, what would be the
best one to get in terms of usage, beeps in menus or knowing if your
paused or not etc?
Thanks for reading and have a good day.
Jay Pellis

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