[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 19:04:53 -0700

Yes, you could do a review to tell us what all the beeps mean, and your experiences with this recorder. That would be great!
Sincerely, Jamie D.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Matt Roberts" <blindbiker@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 5:37 PM
Subject: [bct] Re: Opinions on purchasing a digital recorder for recording college classes?


I'd recommend the Olympus WS320M recorder. It picks up very well, and the
fact it records in stereo allows it to get almost everything you'd need in a
classroom. To record, you press the record button, and to pause you press
record again. When you press record, you'll hear a beep, and when you pause
you hear two beeps. When you press the Stop button, you hear two rapid
I know Mary Emerson reviewed the recorder, but should I consider doing a
demonstration and explain what all the sounds mean? Would folks be
interested in that?

                 Matt Roberts

-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jay Pellis
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 5:47 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
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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