Hello, I just also wanted to say that using the pac mate's internal
mic is also very poor even with the different levels and things you can set.
I have used an external mic from sony and just pludged it into the headset
jack. I have a pac mate with a braille display. You don't get any sound
effects or anything but the quality still isn't perfect, but if in a hurry
it will work.
What I use for me, because I am a college student and record my classes. I have a laptop as well, as a pac mate and I use gold wave to record my classes. I haven't got a digital recorder eigher. I also may be trying some different audio recording software recomened by people on the list over spring break.
All I can say is what ever works for you that's the ultimate decision. You're the one who has to ame that decision.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Jay Pellis" <jalucard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 2:47 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. Sincerely Jay Pellis