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Using a  Digital Voice  Recorder

from Grant Hall

Before Recording

Only the recorder is provided at checkout. You must provide your own AAA battery to make a recording.

•    The user manual is online: http://lclc.uic.edu  > For students > Equipment > Olympus         

WS-M311. In these guidelines, important pages from the manual are referenced in this guide.

•        Do a Test recording first  

Record 

Record

Select the correct settings for recording (p. 19).  Choose appropriate quality settings for the type and length of the recording: a one hour interview might require different settings than three separate two hour lectures (p. 27). The Highest Quality setting (ST XQ) will allow 8+ hours of recording time, while the lowest quality setting (LP) will allow 138+ hours (p. 98).


Copy the recording to a computer

Connect the voice recorder to a computer via the built-in USB (p. 46). Then, open the storage folders on the recorder (p. 30) to find the voice files and copy them to a computer local.


Edit the recording

If changes must be made to the original recording, import a copy of the clip from a local computer into an audio editing program (such as GarageBand, Audacity etc.) to edit out sections or to divide a recording into separate clips (see suggestions for doing this on page 2).

Playing the recoding and Making CDs

You can copy your recordings onto a CD: audio CD for CD players, mp3 CD for computers, etc. Be aware of the file format of the original recording (it is wma if you’re using the WS-M311). If the recording is going to be played in iTunes, change the format to mp3. To do that, you can use a wma-to-mp3 converting program.

Note: the following are suggestions of audio editing software, media players, and converting programs for your consideration. Follow the provided links:

Software and Freeware Recommendations

Playing                 

Editing                

Converting        

Sofware Support

iTunes


Windows Media Player


Audacity


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