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

  • From: "Allison Mervis" <allisonfm@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 18:04:35 -0500

We'll be neighbors! I attend Chatham College, and I'll be at Pitt next year
for grad school!

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jay Pellis" <jalucard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 5:47 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

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