Audio Recording Devices - Part 1

When it comes to recording audio there are so many recorders to choose from. What I look for in a recorder when buying a new one is functions and or features that none of my other recorders have. The reasoning for this is I nobody has the answer as to how EVP’s are created and captured on our recording devices, so if I use different styles of recorders I have a better chance of one of them capturing EVP’s and possibly narrowing down why that style of recorder seems to capture more EVP’s. Could it be the media style, digital, magnetic tape, microphone, or even the media format such as mp3?

I have three different recorders that I use, two of them on a regular basis both are digital and one magnetic tape that I like to experiment with. The micro-cassette recorder that I have is a Radio shack MICRO-21 and I do not use all that often mostly because of the expense of buying the cassettes. The cassettes are getting harder to find and after using this recorder I have to transfer my audio files in real time to the computer for review, this means 6 hours of audio will take 6 hrs. to upload to the computer. Yet another problem with this style recorder is the noise of the drive motor and other moving parts in the recorder. You may want to invest in an external microphone if your recorder has the input for it, unfortunately this one does not have the jack for it so I am stuck with the noise of the motor.

Some people believe that this style recorder is the only way to go because you will always have a hard copy of your evidence. The down side to that is that cassettes degrade over time and the do become brittle and fragile. You may want to make digital copies of your recordings and try not to play the original tape to often to help preserve it.

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