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Re: Voice recorders/MP3 players

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John Bibby <[log in to unmask]>

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John Bibby <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 16 Oct 2008 09:40:34 +0100

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More details about Zoom H2 are at
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Zoom-H2-UK-Version-BRAND-NEW-AND-BOXED_W0QQitemZ270286
117711QQcmdZViewItem?hash=item270286117711&_trkparms=39%3A1|66%3A3|65%3A2|24
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     JOHN BIBBY    for aa42
           Please visit www.aa42.com/mathemagic
                   1 Straylands Grove, York YO31 1EB  (01904-330-334)

-----Original Message-----
From: List for discussion of issues in museum education in the UK.
[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Paul Baker
Sent: 15 October 2008 10:53
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Voice recorders/MP3 players

Greetings!

The problem with mp3 players is that, while the audio output is perfectly 
acceptable for most everyday purposes, the built-in microphones are usually 
abysmal. If you're just using it to record for manual text transcription, 
it's probably OK, but if you're going to play the recordings in a public 
context, you'll need much better quality.

I'd recommend the Zoom H2 if your budget will stretch to it. You can pick 
one up for around 130 now, although you'll probably want to spend a few 
more quid on rechargeable batteries and a larger storage card. The H2 is an 
entirely self-contained stereo recording unit, about the size of a fat 
mobile phone, with two crossed pairs of cardioid electret microphones - one 
narrow for voice and solo instruments, the other wider for larger sound 
stages. They point in opposite directions, and you can use both for 
interviews. Sit the unit on its supplied stand on a table between 
interviewer and interviewee, maybe switch one of the internal compressors, 
set it to record, and go. I'd class the mics as budget studio quality - far 
better than any "consumer" equipment. I've used the H2 for professional 
location recordings and video soundtracks. I'm still trying to convince 
myself that I'm hearing a 130 unit. I've even done some very cruel direct 
comparison testing of the H2 against a pair of AT4033 studio mics, recording

a classical guitar, and listening to the result through Adam A7 speakers, 
which are unkindly analytical. The H2 lacks a bit of depth and warmth, but 
it stands up impossibly well for a unit at that price.

Best wishes,

Paul Baker
Supreme Commander
Diabolus in Musica
Historical musicians in costume
Replica musical instruments and historical artifacts
Interactives, websites, audio & video work
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www.diabolus.org






----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Trudie Cole" <[log in to unmask]>
To: <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2008 10:20 AM
Subject: Voice recorders/MP3 players


Hello Everyone,

I am working on a project which will involve some intergenerational oral
history work. We would like to buy some voice recorders and wondered if
anyone had any suggestions. I have used the Sony solid state recorders
in the past, but these are pricey and we want about 10. I know BTVC have
been doing similar work with mobile phones, so I reckon a half way
decent MP3 player with recording capability should do the job. Any
recommendations?

Cheers

Trudie

Trudie Cole
Learning and Access Manager
Culture and Community Learning, Borough of Poole

Poole Museum Service
> * 4 High Street, Poole BH15 1BW
> * 01202 262 623
> * www.boroughofpoole.com/museumlearning
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