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Complete voice recording solution
on 27 May 2013
This is an excellent voice recorder, which I would have no hesitation in recommending.
They key thing to note here is that it is a 'voice recorder'. If you want to record excellent reproductions of musical instruments, you may want to consider the Olympus LS series instead. However, where voice is concerned, this unit does have a lot of advantages. Do not let my last statement put you off this device.
For example, the unit is very quick to start up, and is ready for recording in less than a second, and some of the features for playback, including noise reduction and a voice balancer (which normalises the volume of multiple speakers in a recording) is something you will not find on a sound recorder such as the LS 14, neither is the facility to skip segments of the file where there is no voice, increase or decrease playback speed, or use voice activation to automatically start or pause a recording, meaning that the end files will be free of large gaps where nobody is speaking.
The microphone gain, sensitivity, and recording format can all be changed, you can also turn noise filters or low frequency filters on or off, or manually set the recording level for a really clear recording.
This unit also has a nice filing system, and you can browse your recordings by calendar, making finding the recording you want out of a huge number of files so much easier.
Possibly one of the best features of this recorder, which has possibly been understated in the advertising, is the use of the stereo microphones with the zoom mic feature.
With zoom mic, you can narrow down the angle at which the recording is made. Obviously, there will be no mechanical change in the microphones, so what the unit is doing when you 'zoom in', is giving you a file which only contains noise which can clearly be heard in front of both microphones. Fully zoomed in, you could happily record a lecturer at some distance, cutting out a lot of the noise to either side.
This function works really nicely, because of the envelope of each microphone, and the angle that they are at.
On the flip side to zooming in, you can zoom right out, and have a very good stereo picture of all of the sound in front of the device, what seems to me to be a full 180 degrees field. Perfect for recording multiple voices in a small room, and making individual voices so easy to pick out.
The unit is nice and small, it has a built in USB plug which slides out, meaning you don't have to worry about not having cables on you, it seems sturdy, the menus are simple and easy to navigate. There is a built in MP3 player, and FM radio, nice additional features, and with the expansion card slot for micro SD, you could record literally thousands of hours of notes.
Really impressed with this unit.