TCA (my initials)

March 31, 2008

podcasting on the run

Filed under: blogcast,podcasting,techno lust — TCA @ 7:04 pm

There are a fair number of decent portable digital recorders marketed by manufacturers such as Sony, TASCAM and Olympus. The latest and greatest for podcasters on the go is the dinky Yamaha Pocketrak 2G.

The Good News:
Dimensions: 1 1/4″ width, 4 5/8″ height, 1/2″ depth
Weight: 1.7 oz including battery
Battery: one AAA rechargeable
Battery life: 17-19 hours for MP3 files
Memory: 2 GB
Internal microphone, Mic mini-jack, Line In mini-jack
Windows Vista compatible
Yamaha quality

The Bad News:
No slot for removable flash memory such as SD card… USB connector only
Somewhat expensive at $350

Unfortunately, I need a portable digital recorder with SD card slot. My Nokia n800 Linux PDA has two SD card slots. It can upload MP3 files to the web at wi-fi hotspots while the cappuccino machine goes WHOOSH. Also videos and photos from the Canon PowerShot camera. The n800 with ultra-portable Sierra bluetooth keyboard can even post text messages to this blog.

Two road warriors that caught my eye are the $230 Roland Boss Micro BR and the $200 Samson Zoom H2. Either one of them is a veritable miniaturized recording studio. Both generate podcast-ready MP3 files. Both have an SD slot.

The Zoom H2 has a cute desk stand. Software like GarageBand will treat the Zoom H2 like it’s an ordinary cardioid condenser mike when it is connected to a Mac or PC via USB.

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