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Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by hilaryfry, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. hilaryfry

    hilaryfry Guest

    Hi all,
    I work for a small non-profit arts organization and I got put in charge of setting up a new recording/amplification system for our events. Which is really rather unfortunate because I know next to *nothing* about it. Here is what I do know: We are currently using an archaic karaoke machine with a tape deck and a wireless mic to do the job of recording our lectures and at the same time amplifying the speaker's voice. We need to update to new digital technology to hopefully use some snipets of our events on a website eventually.
    The requirements would be something very portable (the events take place in various artists studios), would be able to amplify and record (can be a combination of components), and could download to a Mac.
    Someone had suggested using an M-Box, portable speakers, and a laptop. Any thoughts? We'd really like a recording device that didn't need the laptop because we'd have to buy one.
    Thanks so much!!!
    You'll be helping out a really worthwhile cause! :D
  2. trid

    trid Guest

    I can give you a few ideas but it would help to know what you plan to spend. Do you have a budget in mind?
  3. Kurt Foster

    Kurt Foster Distinguished Member

    Jul 2, 2002
    77 Sunset Lane.
    If it is only for lecture recording and reproduction, what you are already using for captureis fine unless it is so old that it doesn't work well any longer. I see no advantage to an upgrade.

    Just get a cassete deck for playback to the computer and hook it to the line inputs of your soundcard on your computer and transfer the cassette to something like "Real Jukebox" that can convert it to mp3 format for posting on the web ...
  4. hilaryfry

    hilaryfry Guest

    Quality wise, our recordings right now sound okay. I had no idea that there was something that could convert a cassette tape to mp3's - good to know.
    I guess one thing that we're really looking for in the upgrade is something that's smaller and lighter to deal with.
    I have a budget of about $800, but was hoping to spend less than that.
  5. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    why not just get a cheap PA system from a local music store (speaker, amp, mic) and go from the line out of the amp into a sony mini-disc recorder or something similar... you can easily transfer that to your mac... i couldn't imagine anything smaller, and it shouldn't cost you more than half of you given budget...
  6. elektro80

    elektro80 Guest

    This Edirol recorder might be what you need.

    4-channel input might be too scarce, but it should be suitable for a lot of conference style recording purposes.
  7. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001

    does an I-Pod have line in and record ??

    very compatible with your Mac

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