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Re: inexpensive recording technology
Minidisc recorders might well be unsuitable for scientific purposes,
especially for signal analysis like F0 extraction, because a lot of the
sound is filtered out, in order to get a better compression rate. A portable
DAT recorder will do better, though the tapes are very vulnerable. Are
portable CD recorders available already?? The CD's might be a more reliable
Gr. Daniel Salomons
From: Brian Gygi <bgygi@INDIANA.EDU>
Reply-To: Brian Gygi <bgygi@INDIANA.EDU>
Subject: Re: inexpensive recording technology
Date: Mon, 15 Jan 2001 23:51:33 -0500
I did some live recording of music in India using a pro Walkman (make sure
you get one with XLR inputs) and an SM57, which worked out fine. The Pro
Walkman was about $220 (as of 1992) and the SM-57 was about $90. The
good thing is 57s are almost indestructible. You will need to rig up a
wind screen of some sort, but that can be down with a little foam
rubber. You probably don't need stereo, but if you do, Electrovoice made
(as of 1992) a good stereo mike.
Another option is to get a small minidisc recorder. I can't vouch for how
rugged they are, but the quality is great.
On Mon, 15 Jan 2001, Aniruddh Patel wrote:
> Dear List,
> I have a friend who would like to make recordings of speech in Africa
> for later acoustic (particularly Fo) analysis. He can't afford
> expensive equipment, but then, recording conditions are unlikely to be
> ideal anyway.
> Can anyone recommend a portable cassette recorder and microphone
> combination of reasonable quality and price?
> Ani Patel
> Aniruddh D. Patel
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