A voice recorder is a device designed to easily record someone speaking and to save that recording for later use. Digital voice recorders are far more useful than their analog counterparts because the recordings can be transferred to a computer, edited with tools like Audacity and shared individually or as part of a series (podcast).
Stand alone digital voice recorders are available from the Library circulation desk. Also available are iTalks, voice recorders that can be used with some models of iPods.
Using Voice Recorders
Most digital voice recorders have buttons for Record, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind and Delete. In addition they usually have a way to move files on the recorder to a computer either using some small storage technology such as CompactFlash Card or by integrating a USB connector into the device.
Here is how to record with the Olympus digital voice recorders:
- Click on the Record button to begin recording
- Click on the Stop button to stop recording
- Click on the RELEASE button on the back of the recorder and pull apart.
- Plug the USB jack on the recorder into your computer's USB port
- Locate the recorder on your desktop (it's name will be WS_110)
- Locate the audio files (e.g. WS1100001.WMA) and drag onto your desktop
- Change the name of the file to a name that represents the audio on the file.
Note: Mac users will need to convert the audio file from .wma format (see: Audio Conversion to a format supported on Macs such as .wav (if you plan to edit the file) or .mp3 if you just need to share it with others or review on your mobile media device such as an iPod.