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Digital Voice Recording

by dessa / July 6, 2004 10:51 PM PDT

I would like to record interviews of my 80-year neighbor. Can you advise what equipment to use? I have a recent laptop running win XP, wish to capture and preserve good quality recordings digitally. I have been advised to use a good microphone but can find no guidance helpful to a novice. I suspect a recorder would be less cumbersome than the laptop. Cost should not be excessive (under $500, preferably less).

Thank you very much!

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Re: Digital Voice Recording
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 7, 2004 2:15 AM PDT

A microphone on a PC with the program FREECORDER (find with ) will do nicely.

You can find good microphones even at radio shack, but new to audio work people tend to balk at the few hundred dollars to get excellent results with nice microphones, preamp and VU meters.


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Re: Digital Voice Recording
by dessa / July 7, 2004 4:32 PM PDT

Hi, Bob, Nice of you to reply.

Okay, you've saved me money by helping me record with the laptop, so if I have some spare cash, what would you recommend for a microphone?


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Try the store I noted.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 8, 2004 8:44 AM PDT

Most still have good microphones. Steer clear of the cheapies and you'll do fine. My bet is 100 bucks is a fine price point and should have some mic stand (portable) since handling the mic adds unwanted background noise.


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Re: Try the store I noted.
by dessa / July 9, 2004 1:00 AM PDT
In reply to: Try the store I noted.

Thank you: I will do as you suggest!


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Look into podcasting
by mbeasley82 / April 13, 2006 10:39 PM PDT

OK, so this reply is almost two years late, but for information about recording with home computers, look into podcasting. Many books; lot's of help on choosing microphones and setting up for good audio.

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check out this Olympus digital voice recorder
by glennlee / April 16, 2006 5:41 AM PDT

Olympus makes some very good, inexpensive digital voice recorders. Check out this one with 16 hr recording time, voice activation, pc connectivity through usb, uses 2 inexpensive aaa batteries, all for $79. The pc connection gives you good editing facility, an important feature for non-structured interviews.

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