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

  • From: "Matt Roberts" <blindbiker@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2006 19:37:37 -0500

I also own a Pacmate, so I'm wondering if my ISI-SEHM-1 microphones will
work and produce a good quality recording with the Pacmate.  I don't like
the quality of the recording from the internal mic at all, and would only
use that to record short notes.

                  Matt Roberts
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Neal Ewers
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 5:58 PM
> To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bct] Re: Opinions on purchasing a digital recorder 
> for recording college classes?
> Jay, I also own a Pacmate and to me, the internal mike is 
> quite poor.  I actually discovered that I get the best 
> recordings with it by using an over the ear headset 
> microphone from some place like radio shack.  The ones I have 
> tried are meant to be worn over the ear, but because they are 
> of such a high volume gain, I often will lay them on the 
> table in front of me and I find I get a very nice recording.  
> Since you already have the Pacmate, that may be a way to 
> spend $20- on one of these mikes and give it a try.  In 
> addition, the Pacmate records wav files which are 
> uncompressed.  Just one of many possibilities.
> Neal
> -----Original Message-----
> From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jay Pellis
> Sent: Thursday, March 16, 2006 4:47 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. Sincerely Jay Pellis

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