Daily Diigo Links 03/17/2007 – The In the Field Podcasting Edition

I’ve been working with a number of faculty on considering the potential of archived audio interviews and interactions. As a result, I’ve been sharing with them the phenomenon knowns as podcasting. We have a number of programs on campus that could benefit from this type of recorded experience. Over the winterim, a few of our faculty led a service-learning trip to Tanzania. Over Spring Break one of our faculty, Dr. MaryAnn McGarry is in the four-corners region of the United States on the Colorado plateau exploring environmental science and policy. This summer Dr. McGarry is leading a travel study to the Galapagos Islands, a trip that my wife will be participating in. It is an experience that I would love to record for our children.

O'Reilly Podcasting Hacks book cover

So I’ve spent the last few weeks researching what it would take to build a field-ready podcasting kit for our educators. This kit would include a field digital media recorder with external microphones and removable media. It needs to be lightweight and durable, but mostly it needs to be easy to use. The links below are the result of my research. They include specific products, reviews of those products where I could find them and some information on the practice of interviewing and screencasting. I also have to recommend the O’Reilly Press book, Podcasting Hacks by Jack D. Herrington. This book has some great tips and helped my research immensely. I really like the idea of “soundseeing” tours, a 3-dimensional (ok, stereo but work with me here) experience that places the user inside the audio.

What Is Screencasting (O’Reilly)

Killer Interviewing Tips for Podcasters, Part 1 (O’Reilly)

Killer Interviewing Tips for Podcasters, Part 2 (O’Reilly)

D&M Pro PMD660 Portable Solid State Recorder

EDIROL R-09 24-bit WAVE/MP3 Recorder

Edirol R-09 Pocket Digital Recorder (O’Reilly Review)

Sony PCM-D1

Sony PCM-D1 (O’Reilly Review)

M-AUDIO – MicroTrack 24/96 – Professional 2-Channel Mobile Digital Recorder

M-Audio MicroTrack 24/96 Pocket Digital Recorder (O’Reilly Review) Annotated

Samson Zoom H4

Zoom H4 Handy Recorder (O’Reilly Review)

ZOOM H4 Handy Digital Recorder Review (Bruce Bartlett)

The Webcast Academy | Collaborative Learning Community for Webcasters

[tags]podcast, podcasting, podcasting, podcast [/tags]

4 thoughts on “Daily Diigo Links 03/17/2007 – The In the Field Podcasting Edition

  1. I highly recommend the Zoom H-4 recorder. It’s about half the price of a Marantz PMD660, and sounds better and is easier to use than an Edirol R-09 or M-Audio Microtrack.

    It has high quality audio inputs, but it also has excellent built-in microphones. And it’s one of the cheapest high-quality flash recorders around, selling for $250 – $300. When you add the fact that the internal mics are good enough that you don’t necessarily need to buy an external mic, it’s one heck of a bargain.

    That said, you have to be careful when holding the Zoom H-4, because it’s rather sensitive to handling noise when you’re using those internal mics. So for inexperienced recordists, it might be better to use external microphones.

    I’ve written up a little review of the Zoom, including a series of sound clips on my site if you want to take a listen: http://bradlinder.blogspot.com/2007/03/zoom-h-4-review-reporters-recorder.html

  2. Thanks for the comment Brad, I’ll check out your review. How durable do you think the Zoom is? I’ve got folks who are planning on taking recorders with them to the Galapagos and I was wondering what the body construction is and how it would hold up during travel.

  3. Brad, that was a great review. I actually requested both units for the pilot but if I have to cut one, the Marantz unit may be the one on the chopping block. Thanks again for dropping in!

  4. I’d definitely say the Marantz is the sturdier unit. It’s made for professional broadcasters. But at half the price, the Zoom is a great bargain, and it’s got built-in mics to boot, which is great for people who don’t have a lot of experience using audio recorders.

    Another alternative would be Sony MZ-B10 or MZ-B100 minidisc recorders. They’re even smaller than the Zoom, have a pretty decent built in mic, and you can buy a whole pack of minidiscs for the price of one CompactFlash or SD storage card. But there are a lot of advantages to flash cards — probably the biggest being that you can record to WAV or MP3 and that you can drag and drop the whole file to your computer when you’re done, whereas earlier minidisc units required you to plug your recorder into the line in jack on your computer and play the whole file back in realtime.

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