I have contacted the company, and they are quite vague as to specs, so
no telling how great the audio quality is - I would happily use it for
duplication master, as long as there is a hard drive backup. There is
no other CD recorder that will automatically go to the next disc,
without using two and doing it manually.
I would imagine it is a competent recorder, but I would only consider
it appropriate for onsite duplication masters or listening copies when
there is a definite quality backup. It only take one bump while
recording to spoil a live CD, and if you want track IDs you have to do
it on the fly and live with your (operator's) mistakes.
Given the above, I'd consider it quite useful but not master quality.
Better than cassettes though!
This is from one who regularly records conferences and seminars, not an
archivist really, but very familiar with live recording. Recent
experience has been with Compact Flash recorders, where you can pop out
the chip and put it in a computer to mark tracks, make safety copies,
and burn CDs from there. Extra stpe, fo r sure, but more flexibility
plus as soon as it goes in the computer you can make safeties that
won't get spoiled in the duplication process (possible if not very
But sorry, no direct experience!
Lou Judson • Intuitive Audio
On Mar 29, 2006, at 2:26 PM, Greg Yates wrote:
> Does anyone have any experience using the Microboards CopyWriter Live
> conference recorder? If so, I would like to hear of your experiences,
> both pro and con. One thing that concerns me some about the Copywriter
> Live is that it does not have an internal hard drive, but records
> directly onto the CD in CD-DA format.
> As a little background, we are responsible for recording the
> proceedings of the Tennessee General Assembly, and we are currently
> using Lanier Advocate V dual-deck audiocassette conference recorders.
> we record, we also create a log sheet, or index, using a laptop and
> Word, to serve as a guide to the information that is on the tape for
> future research purposes.
> Thanks for any input.
> Greg Yates