View Full Version : Help With Audio Voice Recording

28th March 2005, 11:15 AM
Hi All, I use an ibook for my work and am wanting to purchase equipement for digital voice recording to do interviews (as cheaply as possible for efficent equipment).

Two options have been suggested and I'm interested in opinions from knowledgable souls.

1. Is a seperate recording device - Olympus DS-330 Voice Recorder. More
expensive than I'm hoping to pay but has what looks like good reviews on
in several web sources.

2. TO GET SOME SOFTWARE - Audiocorder for the IMac and then rig up what is needed to make this work for voice recording (usually 2 people interviewws could be discussions with 4 or 5 or possibly recording of lectures).
I'm unclear whether I need iMic (or similar) and whether this has a microphone in it, or whether I also have to purchase another microphone (for aprox how much and what?).

ANY ideas or comments on the above OR suggestions for other good ways.

I basically need to record and then store and transcribe interviews. (I have some voice recognition software at work the name of which I canlt recall and I haven't used).

Many thanks


28th March 2005, 11:26 AM
Your iBook should have a microphone built in. My iBook has a small hole on the right of the LCD.

Not sure about the quality of the built-in mic. I suppose it would be highly directional, so it might have trouble picking up 2 people at the same time. Adding an external mic would overcome this, but you will need something along the lines of iMic to give you an external mic port.

I'm going to suggest an external device - it will allow you a lot more portability and versatility. If you're not too concerned about audio quality, you might want to consider some sort of mp3 player as a voice recorder. I've seen kids at uni using these to record lectures, so there must be a couple of suitable models out there.

28th March 2005, 01:29 PM
Definately get an external microphone and connect it via an imic or similar audio interface.

I can recommend two apps that are completely free: Audio In and Audio Recorder. You can search for both of these over at http://www.versiontracker.com/macosx/

If you grab either of those two apps you can test out your internal microphone and see if thats enough to suit your needs, personally I'd opt for an external, but thats your own choice!

EDIT: Just a quick note, you will need an imic or similar device for an external microphone. Your ibook only has an line-out port (used for headphone or speakers) and not an line-in port (for microphones) so an imic would give you line-in, so your clear on that.

28th March 2005, 02:03 PM
Have a look at OSXAudio (http://www.osxaudio.com), you're bound to find some good info over there.

29th March 2005, 11:51 AM
perhaps you might want to have a look at iListen (http://www.macspeech.com/) ... the demo (http://www.macspeech.com/products/watchandlearn/iListenPromo.mov) looks very interesting.

1st April 2005, 10:59 PM
Very very many thanks for all this advice. C