Digital recorder/playback units for use in the field

To: 'Rosemary Royle' <>, Richard Nowotny <>, 'Birding Aus' <>
Subject: Digital recorder/playback units for use in the field
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Tue, 22 May 2012 07:16:55 +1000
I'm not sure about the devices that seem to be classified as "voice recorders", 
but my research into the higher quality recorders found none that were very 
good at naming tracks, most can't do it at all. They seem to be intended for 
recording and downloading, and all other functions are assumed to be done on a 

None of them have keyboards, so those that can rename tracks at all require you 
to do it in a painstaking manner by moving a cursor around an on screen 

Once you've got them renamed, I didn't find any that were very good at finding 
the tracks again. I would have thought any smart phone these days could do a 
much better job of that.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From:  [birding-aus-
>  On Behalf Of Rosemary Royle
> Sent: Tuesday, 22 May 2012 6:44 AM
> To: Richard Nowotny; 'Birding Aus'
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Digital recorder/playback units for use in
> the field
> Olympus voice recorders are very good for recording bird song and
> playing it back (and indeed for playing recorded songs)  - we have a
> DS40 (now discontinued) - it has tiny stereo microphones and the
> quality is excellent, it is very light and it just uses a couple of AAA
> batteries. It was recommended to us by a guide in Nepal. However, you
> cannot label or rename tracks that you have recorded so the management
> of what you have recorded is difficult unless you download it to a PC.
> Rosemary
> Wales, UK

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