At 07:24 PM 4/18/2006, Lani Spahr wrote:
>Hello everyone -
>A friend of mine recently asked me for advice on portable sound
>recording devices. He's a fellow piper (I know some of you cannot
>resist the temptation for making jokes, so now's your chance :-)) who
>wants to record his lessons. He said he tried a $100 device that was
>probably a voice recorder with less than great results. So what would
>you all recommend? - short of not playing the pipes :-)
Well it's sort of like the joke I hear: would you please sing tenor
ten or twenty miles away...
One can get really good results with a good mic and any decent
recorder. I use think one of the best mic bargains out there is the
Audio Technica AT-822. I plug that into a minidisc recorder, but I'd
only suggest that if he doesn't want to archive anything -- or can
bump it up to CD.
I would normally suggest a compact flash recorder today, and the
M-Audio MicroTrak should work well with an AT-822 - a friend on
another list just ordered the AT-822 to go with his MicroTrak so
we'll see fairly soon, I hope.
As far as my MD setup and links to oral history recording, try these
two pages at my info site:
http://richardhess.com/notes/formats/magneto-optical/minidisc/ (my MD setup)
down to oral history links
especially see Andy Kolovos's page)
Really, the mic is a major key to all this and at $200 new on eBay
often, the AT-822 is a real bargain. It continues to impress me with
its value and quality.
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