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Monday, July 21, 2008

Technological Bleg

Help--I am looking for a technological suggestion.

Next week, I am moderating a roundtable discussion at SEALS and I want to audio-record the proceedings (for later transcription and publication). The conference itself cannot do any recording. Is there a way I can do this myself on the relatively inexpensive, using something strong enough to pick up both people who are miced and people in the audience who probably will not be miked?

Any suggestions are welcome.

Posted by Howard Wasserman on July 21, 2008 at 08:16 AM | Permalink


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Those who are "miced" will probably sound a bit squeaky.

Posted by: Rodentia | Jul 25, 2008 4:34:44 PM

Although it will depend on the acoustics of the room (which are often terrible in hotel conference rooms) an MP3 recorder might pick up a lot of the comments away from the microphone too. When I record class on my handheld recorder, I use a lapel mic, but most of the students' questions and responses can be heard. They're not super loud, but they are usually intelligible.

Posted by: Marcia McCormick | Jul 21, 2008 2:06:49 PM

But if you want to hear everyone, you might want to bring in someone who knows how to record. Try Wayne Miller at Duke Law IT, or Law Library Director Billie Jo Kauffman at American U WCL.

Posted by: Jim Milles | Jul 21, 2008 1:18:17 PM

Howard, Go to any electronics store and get a handheld MP3 recorder. A good one is about $100. It is unobtrusive, easy to use (both in recording and in transferring the recording to your computer), and it produces nice sound.

Posted by: Gordon Smith | Jul 21, 2008 10:10:52 AM

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