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MP3 Player for professional-quality voice recording?

by ursli / May 11, 2005 9:02 PM PDT

Hi, I'm looking for an MP3 player to help me conduct linguistics research. Specifically, the player would need to be able to record uncompressed files and have mic-level input. Oh, and under $250 would be nice. Can this be done? I haven't been able to find one.

Thanks for your help!

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Thanks, but not quite what I'm looking for...
by ursli / May 12, 2005 3:45 AM PDT

Thank you for your quick reply!

I should have specified that it needs to be fairly small as people need to wear it (I tried the iRiver iFP-790 but it only has line-in and compressed recording). The recording quality doesn't have to be top-of-the-line, just decent and definitely better than what you get with regular MP3 player voice recording.

If you have any more ideas you could share with me, I would be very greatful. Thanks!

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You wrote "Professional" and that's why I noted such.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2005 5:40 AM PDT

If not, then move to any MP3 recorder you can use a better microphone.


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Sorry for the confusion
by ursli / May 12, 2005 8:29 AM PDT

I am operating under a number of constraints. I need to have the best recording quality possible while keeping the recorder at a maximum of portability (i.e. people need to be able to wear it). I was hoping that there would be a professional-quality recorder that would also match my size needs.

Since that does not seem to be the case, I am able to compromise on recording quality rather than on portability (this is why I cannot use the two products you suggested initially). It seems like all MP3 players are not created equal when it comes to recording. E.g. some have adjustable sampling rates, some don't. I have learned that mic-level input as well as uncompressed recording create better recordings for my purposes, hence I am looking for an MP3 players in a small format that has both.

I already own an iRiver iFP-790, which has line-in recording, but one needs an amplifier to make this work with an external microphone. The amplifier creates noise that I need to keep out of my recording. It seemed that it would be better to search for an MP3 player that has what I need rather than trying to rigg something with the iRiver I have.

But maybe what I need does not exist. Anyone have any suggestions?


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I thought the iRiver alone would work??
by DCizzle / May 13, 2005 3:15 PM PDT

How far away from the source are you trying to record... I can sit comfortable at a desk with the iriver at the other end and record etc... And the slightest sounds seem to be picked up?? It would a simple device to hold up to someone as their reporting a news issue or something. But I'm not clear on your main reasons.

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People moving, mic quality
by ursli / May 14, 2005 1:30 AM PDT

Hi, thanks for your response.

I have to record people (even worse, mostly children) while they're moving around and wearing the recorder. I have tried using the iRiver as it is and it really is fairly decent when you're listening back to it.

However, I need to be able to do acoustic analysis on the recordings. For that, the built-in microphone just isn't good enough, plus the compression leads to a loss of signal for acoustic analysis purposes.

I did read somewhere about working with a pre-amp and external mic plugged into the line-in jack of the iRiver, but I was trying to avoid this cause I'm really not all that great with technology and the fewer pieces the better...

But it's starting to look like that's what I'm going to have to do ;-(

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try a digital mic
by yn516 / June 25, 2005 1:12 AM PDT

I am not sure if this could solve your problem . but if you try with a digital mic instead of analog ( that needs a amplifier) it could work. You should ask the question on the website of iRiver. maybe they know the anwser.


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Thanks, but not quite what I'm looking for...
by ursli / June 25, 2005 7:51 AM PDT
In reply to: try a digital mic
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