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  Review: Olympus DS-2 Stereo Voice Recorder
Subject:   Which recorder?
Date:   2007-03-14 21:04:27
From:   hypnodad
I enjoyed reading your reviews, but I am still not quite sure what I need.

The most important application isto record my voice for creating files or CD's with hypnotic trances. The hypnotic voice is pretty level and doesn't get emotional or go to the extremes.

However, I would like a good quality recording of my voice that I could mix with previously reocored music in the background and get close to a professional sounding recording.

I would also like the portability of the ones you reviewed so I can use it for other things, but the sound quality is more important than the smaller size.

Would the DS-2 be good enough, or would the DS-30 be a lot better. And would that be good enough or do I need to get to the more professional line?


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  • David Battino photo Which recorder?
    2007-03-14 21:55:51  David Battino | O'Reilly Blogger [View]

    @Hypnodad: Listening to the sound samples should give you a good idea of the DS-2's quality. Notice what a difference the recording environment makes. The best sound was in the acoustically dead closet, speaking directly into the mic at low sensitivity.

    One challenge with voice recorders is that they pick up handling noise, which instantly reduces the professionalism of the recording. Using an external mic can help a lot as well as providing a fuller sound. Other readers have reported good results with Olympus's ME-15 mic.

    Based on the specs on Olympus's site, the DS-30 seems to have marginally better frequency response than the DS-2; the higher price is likely due to its many interesting new features, few of which affect your goals. I'll try to get a model in for review.

    For more on voice recorders, see http://www.oreillynet.com/digitalmedia/blog/2006/09/your_voice_recorder_questions.html

    To layer music under your voice, you'll need a multitrack audio editor such as Audacity (free). See our tutorial (which includes lots of voice-recording tips) at http://digitalmedia.oreilly.com/2006/02/22/podcast-audio-editing-tips.html