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Lecture Recorder

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by pcguy2, May 2, 2007.

  1. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    I was wonder what you guys top picks for voice recorders are. I am looking for one that has good PC connectivity and preferrable directional sound recording to minimize background.

    I can work with different options

    1. Stand alone
    2. Attach to ipod
    3. attach to laptop

    What do you think? Easiest just to buy a good directional mic and attach to laptop?

    Thanks a lot in advance!
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  3. soeagerun2or

    soeagerun2or Banned Banned 2+ Year Member

    Sep 27, 2006
    Unless you want to be mocked relentlessly by the rest of your class leave it to the IT guys to tape the lecture so you can podcast it or view it at home.
  4. LJDHC05

    LJDHC05 Former Chicken Slayer 5+ Year Member

    Jun 23, 2005
    You should probably see if you have access to streaming audio/video of classes or to a transcription service before you go and drop $$ on recording equipment for yourself. I can honestly say that sitting through lectures once in person and then again on audio would be equivalent to torture...really, think about how much time you'll be stuck there taking notes...there are much higher yield ways to get the same information into your brain. And just imagine how cool you'd look deploying your directional microphone every'd probably be known as microphone guy or something like that. Plus you'll probably stop going to class at some point, and then you'll be stuck with a couple hundred bucks of recording equipment. But I digress.

    I'm the tech guy for our transcription service and we rock a Sony's definitely got a slow and clunky PC interface which takes about 5 mins/hour of lecture to upload via USB. The same system is used for all the Sony recording devices and is a major pain in my butt. I can't say how the mic works because we've got access to the classroom audio system and never use the mic.

    One of the kids in the class uses a Panasonic recorder on his desktop and there's a crapload of noise, which I assume would be the plague of all desktop recorders (because the noise is closer to the mic than the lecturer). It's mostly due to the ambient noise of class (page flipping, snoring, whispering, the scratching of pens, typing, baseline hum of speakers/tv monitors/etc) which usually blocks out very important words, especially drug names and nuclei in the brain. Also, medical profs commonly have accents that make words indistinguishable on recordings, especially drug names and nuclei in the brain.

    Good luck
  5. 45408

    45408 aw buddy 7+ Year Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    I'd go with the laptop option, but most schools record lectures for you anyways.
  6. Long Dong

    Long Dong My middle name is Duc. 10+ Year Member

    Aug 8, 2004
    The Best Coast
    Yeah I rocked the sony voice recorder too. I would put the recorder on the podium to get the best sound quality. My school didn't have a transcription service or an IT guy to record lectures so I recorded it for my classmates and would post them on our class website after I converted them to mp3. The pregnant girls and those who hated going to lectures in our class loved me for this cuz I did it for all of the first 2 years of lectures.
  7. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Sony huh? Thanks for the suggestion.
  8. sendwich

    sendwich you rock! 10+ Year Member

    May 2, 2002
    if you end up at a school where they prohibit your from recording, :thumbdown:
  9. Tropic Risk

    Tropic Risk 10+ Year Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    If you still really want a recorder for some reason, make sure that in addition to a built-in mic, it has a dedicated microphone jack (NOT the same as a line-in jack). That way you can drop some money on a quality mic if you need it.
  10. pcguy2

    pcguy2 Minneapolis Master 2+ Year Member

    Apr 17, 2006
    Thanks for the tip
  11. Critical Mass

    Critical Mass Guest

    Feb 23, 2007
    True where I am.

    You can always just follow the professor around with a microphone in your hand.

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