GPS for vocalisation recording

To: Roger McNeill <>
Subject: GPS for vocalisation recording
From: David Burren <>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 10:24:14 +1000
How many recordings are we talking about?

This is something that's been resolved for photography. For example:

I carry a GPS which records a trail. Either the GeoTagr app on my iPhone, a 
Garmin, or one of the little Qstarz loggers. With all of these I get GPX files, 
which contain trails of my location throughout a trip, with each position 
I make sure the date/time in all my cameras are set correctly before starting 
out (it makes things easier that way), and then I marry these up later with the 
GPX files. There are lots of different "geotagging" software solutions 
available which find the nearest location in the GPX file for each photo by 
matching up the times, and then attach the GPS coordinates to the photo.
I don't need to have a GPS in each of my cameras, even though some (e.g. my 
iPhone) have them. Of course I do need to make sure that the recording GPS and 
the camera(s) stay fairly close together during the day.

For audio recordings I use a Roland unit which timestamps each WAV/MP3 file, so 
when I transfer these to the computer and put them amongst the photos they fall 
into place based on their time (either by sorting by time or by filename if 
I've renamed the audio and photo files in the same way).  I can check the 
location data on one of the nearby photos.

If you simply take a geo-tagged photo (e.g. with a phone) in each location you 
will probably have the data you're after.

What you might like is audio-geotagging software which attaches location 
information to each audio file from a GPX trail, but I'm not aware of any 
examples. This is probably only worthwhile if you have hundreds of audio 
recordings: recording geo-tagged photos with the recordings is probably enough 

David Burren

On 01/10/2013, at 7:52 AM, Roger McNeill <> wrote:

> All,
> I know this has been raised a few times over the years, so apologies for 
> that, but the technology and brands keep changing and it is difficult to keep 
> up.
> I need a Handheld GPS to support my vocalisation recordings.  The main 
> requirements other than the obligatory battery life, ruggedness, light, 
> international maps, deep forest satilite acquistion, etc, is the ability to 
> input multiple way points and link them to a specific recording. 
> Most of the units I see on line seem to have a detailed  drill down menu but 
> what I am looking for is a compact unit whereby I can quickly enter a 
> location, note the 'location reference' in my recording and then weeks later 
> when I am back home, download that way point into my computer when I am doing 
> my Meta data?  
> Up until now I have been doing it after the fact off Google Earth and this is 
> getting very old.
> Also, the ability to pre-load waypoints is probably standard, but also 
> required.  I am a hand held GPS novice, if that is not already evident by the 
> questions, so any and all help is appreciated.
> Cheers,
> Roger
> Roger McNeill
> Samford Valley, SEQ
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