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I’m bringing my Sony ECM-DS30P voice recorder to D.C., to (hopefully) record my Plone Bootcamp, and some of the Plone 2008 sessions.

I’ve been thinking that I don’t want to just plunk it down on the table, and that I’d make better recordings if I insulate it a bit from vibrations transmitted up from the table surface. These could be caused by me or other people moving things around, e.g. people moving pens, notebooks, coffee cups, and whatnot. (I’m guessing the setup there will be some variation on the conference-room-with-rows-of-long-tables theme…)

So, I made a little stand out of the bottom of a paper coffee cup. Yeah, it’s a Starbucks cup.

Homemade cheap DVR Stand

A homemade cheap DVR Stand

Sony DVR deployed

The Sony DVR deployed!

Sony mic closeup

ECM-DS30P close-up

Prompted by an upcoming conference, I bought a Sony ICD-UX80 digital voice recorder. 2GB of onboard flash memory, MP3 format recordings, runs on one AAA battery, and a generic USB 2.0 interface. It’s a well-designed gizmo. I bought it on for $128, including shipping and tax. It’s replacing a Panasonic RN-502, which was a high-end micro-cassette recorder. It still works fine, but digital recording’s advantages are too great to continue using it.

My only concern was with the ICD-UX80’s microphones. They’re tiny, and any sub-optimal waveforms they produce will affect all of the downstream processing. I.e., GIGO. So, I bought a Sony ECM-DS30P microphone, for $40, also from Read More