On 3/27/2015 11:01 AM, Tom Fine wrote:

> As a wider point, I do think almost any of these flash recorders are
> more difficult for a blind person to operate than an old-school cassette
> recorder. The sound quality will in almost all situations be better with
> a flash recorder, but they are not simple 3-button beasts. If your
> friend ends up trying out some different models, I'd be curious to know
> which one she ends up finding best for her situation, and why. In my
> opinion, all of the flash recorders I've owned or tried out suffer from
> "feature-itis" and are overly complex vs. what they are used for 90+% of
> the time.

This is a most useful message, and I'll forward it to Marge. As far as 
ease of use is concerned, keep in mind that she's spent the last several 
years working with a portable DAT recorder, so she's well beyond the 
"one-button" level.

> Oh, one other thought for your friend. Do not discount the idea of using
> an iPhone or iPod Touch with one of those plug-in mics from Rode, Zoom,
> Tascam, etc. The advantage there is that I think there is a special iOS
> interface for the blind, so she might be able to have sound cues for all
> the controls, and sonic confirmation that it's recording correctly. An
> iPod Touch with 32G memory and one of those mics prices in slightly
> higher than a Zoom H4n, but still not ridicu-priced, plus she can listen
> to her music and podcasts and have her news read to her on her way to
> and from recording things.

Very good point -- and she already has an iPhone.


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