NYTimes discusses three flash memory audio recorders )

{L to R: Edirol R-09, Microtrack 24/96, PMD 660]
The NY Times looks at digital audio recorders, highlighting three flash-memory recorders: the Marantz PMD660. the M-Audio Microtrack 24/96, and the newest of the pack, the Edirol R-09. The article speaks in terms of podcasting, but the same equipment can be used for recording family interviews.

All three use compact flash memory for storage, and all of them can record in both MP3 (compressed audio) and WAV uncompressed audio. For oral history recordings, go with WAV uncompressed audio. (which means you need a good-sized flash memory card, at least 1GB, ideally 2GB or more). The Edirol and the Marantz can record in mono, which’ll stretch out the space you’ve got on the flash memory card. If you must record in MP3, go with the highest quality setting.

If you want to check them out, SoundProfessionals has both the the Edirol and the M-Audio Microtrack 24/96 in stock. And Amazon has the Marantz PMD660, M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 and Edirol R-09 in stock.

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Posted by Susan A. Kitchens on September 29, 2006 in • AudioAudio: Hardware
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Seems to me that these people who are rushing into the latest technology are forgetting that there was once “latest technology” which is now only readable if one can unearth one of the dinosaur machines that can play such a format. Oral history material collected today is only as good as its accesibility 20 or 50 years from now!

Luis Torres  on 10/19  at  07:20 PM

my name is malarie my father says he is related to luis i have been looking up my heritigeim not shur of all my heritig but i am still looking if you have info on my history send it to my e-mail pleas

malarie gage torres  on 03/18  at  12:33 PM

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