Friday, December 28, 2007

Digital Recorder Woes

OK... so I have been using a small Olympus DS-30 digital recorder for the past year to record practice CD's for use by the schola to learn new chant pieces... it is simple, makes fairly good recordings, is easy to use for uploading to the PC... but it has VERY limited editing capabilities.

So... before our Sacred Music Workshop, I bought another recorder, Zoom H4 digital recorder with mp3 capability. It does a great job of recording... but after much fiddling, re-reading the manual, button punching... I have determined that the unit is actually faulty. The recording part works fine... I got some great recordings from midnight Mass on Christmas Eve... but the menu buttons seem to be inoperable... I can't get it to upload onto the computer at all... I finally spoke with a technical assistance guy this morning, who was very helpful and authorized me to send it in for repair under the warranty.

So... I'll just use it to record the music in Colorado Springs first and then send it in... hopefully it won't take too long for it to be returned to me so that I can begin editing and sending out those (sure to be wonderful) recordings I'll get.


Brian Michael Page said...

The DS-30 rocks! I have one of them that I use for the on-the-road portions of my CVA podcasts.

BTW, welcome to the CV Definitive Blogroll, and thanks for adding us to yours. I followed your link via your comment to Jason's grammar lesson.


lvschant said...

It is a great little recorder... I am hoping I also become proficient in using the Zoom H4. I'll post something about it after the Colo. Spgs workshop... I enjoy your articles on CV very much. I also wish you lived down here in the area. We need a new Music Director. J.

Brian Michael Page said...

Which parish? Jason's from your state, I believe.
Although if the working conditions and price is right, I may be willing to relocate. :)