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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 4729 22-Aug-2005 05:57
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MOST crucial decision - please please help me...!!!!!!!!!

please please read the whole post....please have patience....


To be able to record lectures delivered by my professor so that I can later on listen it while commuting and also make notes.


Because our professor delivers lecture at a very very rapid pace and although it is great listening him and understanding his concepts...its so so fast that its impossible to write or make note of anything...

This creates problem because although I am able to understand everything while he teaches BUT later on I forget everything as I am unable to make any notes.

The net result is I am where I was when the classes started.


I gave a thought to my problem very deeply and discussed with some people and the only solution that appears is TO RECORD THE ENTIRE LECTURE that I can make notes from it later on at my ease...


After doing a very thorough and deep analysis on net and gathering as much information as was possible for me...I concluded that I am having the following options:

A. To record the lectures using Apple iPod along with either griffin italk or belkin voice recorder.


B. To record the lectures using Nokia mobile handset using its inbuilt microphone (or attaching some external microphone)


C. To record the lectures using dedicated digital voice recorders such as Olympus DM-10 and DM-20, or say Panasonic RR-US006.


D. To record the lectures using a laptop which is having inbuilt microphone or attaching the laptop with external microphone.


E. To record the lectures using flash based MP3 player like those of transcend etc.


F. To use dictaphone (I have never before even heard that term)



1. I do not own personally any of the devices in all options referred above and therefore unable to make a choice which one suits my needs best


2. Dont know which one would be MOST suitable for purpose of recording class lectures from a reasonable distance (say 5-10 feets away) for 3-4 hours lectures.


3. Dont know which device would be MOST reliable and durable


4. Dont know which one provides Best Value for Money as there are extra benefits associated with each device and extra costs too.


I have heard that

# Griffin italk or Belkin Voice recorder at times may NOT record properly always (I have just heard NOT at all sure)

# Again Apple Ipod which allows extra voice recording functionality is NOT mini or shuffle so Again I dont know whether its better to have Nokia Mobile which has so many extra features as well and would cost less than Apple ipod.

# Again if Nokia Mobile is to be purchased which particular model suits my needs best.

# Or is it that dedicated digital voice recorders are best as they have one single function of digital voice recording.

And so on........................


There are so so many variables involved that I am really unable to decide. This is further complicated by the fact that I have never used such gadgets and NOt sure.

PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE..........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE..........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE..........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
PLEASE HELP ME DECIDE..........................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My budget is very very flexible (which means that I am ready to spend upto Indian Rs 50000 which is roughly USD $ 1000, if required).

[B]The single most imporatnt reason I am intending to buy such a gadget is to record the class lectures daily which are normally of 3-4 hours duration and the professor and my sitting distance varies from 1 feet to 10 feets.

If i get extra features Its welcome BUT this digital voice recording feature is something which I do NOT want to be compromised.[/B]

Please suggest me out of A, B, C, D OR E what should be my ideal choice and what costs i would incur. If possible please specify the exact product number or detail or specification.

I Know I have written a very very long story and it must have tested your patience and consumed a lot of your valuable time. I genuinely and most sincerely appreciate your time and effort with me from the bottom of my heart and trust me I am really in serious trouble or else would NOT have written such a long story.

I am very anxiously awaiting the words of wisdom and valuable advice from more knowledgebale and experienced (and most importantly helpful) members here.

I am sure that someone here will be able to help me out with his advice and suggestions.

Again I express my deepest sincerest appreciation and gratitude for reading this post and possibly replying.

Please reply in detail and advice to your best as your decision may be very very crucial and infact the whole basis on which I am going to make the purchase. So please be concerned and kind.

Thanks and best of regards

Most sincerely

Sunando Ghosh
Kolkata, India

sunandoghosh (at) rediffmail (dot) com

P.s. If u wish to add anything which i might have missed or suggest differently please feel free to do so.

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Ultimate Geek
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  Reply # 18844 22-Aug-2005 09:00

In my opinion the best way to understand a lecture is to be particularly familiar with the material before it is presented so you have an understanding of the foundations of what is given.

In addition optimal recording distance is typically the front row

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Wannabe Geek

Reply # 18983 23-Aug-2005 16:16
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I agree with SNicolle that the best way to learn from a lecture is to be prepared, but I also know that that's not always possible.

Since your budget could be quite large, you could get a Pocket PC with a microphone. I find my Pocket PC PDA very useful in my student routine, reminding me where to go, waking me up in time to catch the bus, reading eBooks on the bus. But most of all having searchable notes has been the bees knees.


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  Reply # 18992 23-Aug-2005 16:58
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Ask your lecturer to slow down! Beats sitting front row center every class :)

You should speak to him before you start recording his classes to make sure he is okay with it as well.

That said, I'd go with an iPod or even Apple laptop with built in mic.

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  Reply # 19015 23-Aug-2005 21:11
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Buy a MiniDisc recorder. I used to use minidisk proffesionally for recording live gigs and could hardly fault it.

My best ever "lecture" recorder is a cheap MP3 player that also RECORDS mp3. (you actually set it for IMA ADPCM 44khz Mono)

it's based on a STMP 3420 chipset and allows 44KHz ADPCM quality which is as good as a CD.
The player i have is branded GEMEI.
But note, not all the mp3 players than can "record" are the same. The older ones are very poor. You want "mp3 recording" or often they have "STMP3420" printed on the box.
They MUST RECORD MP3 to be this chipset but you will set it as ADPCM.

most units/phones with voice recorders are targeted as dictaphones and provide poor gain (designed to be shouted at) which is useless in a leacture teatre.

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