Re: Laptop as a recorder
"Rich Peet" <>
Thu, 05 Jun 2003 22:31:00 -0000
The laptop is a powerful recorder but takes some thought for use in
the field. Your mic in is likely a 1 channel mic with a max of
44.1khz at 16 bit in and no stereo. If you are using a one channel
mic for your dish then that is not a problem. External devices can
turn your laptop into a complete multichannel studio if that is where
you want to go.
Connectors set to not break your laptop are in order if you are going
to field pack it. Right angle adapters so that wires can be pulled
out from multiple angles is good. Batteries are another great game
and problem with laptop recording.
If you are using software for edit you likely will use the same for
recording in the field. If you want complete control at the dish for
gain and the like then Cooledit with the redrover you might like
after you mount it on the back of the dish.
Otherwise there are cheap sound recording programs where you can set
a very long loop so that when you hit "the record button" it stores
everything for the past min. (or whatever) prior to have hit the
I have not found the right combination of screen colors and colored
sunglasses for recording in bright daylight and using the laptop
displays. Maybe someone else will help me with that.
For my own use I don't use a laptop with my parabolic dish but I do
still use my laptop and am walking out the door with it right now for
use as a recorder.
--- In "acontrol2002"
> I recently purchased an IBM ThinkPad which, I just discovered, has a
> microphone input on the side. It also has an earphone jac. Taking
> account the dangers of taking a Laptop into the wilderness, is it
> possible to use my parabolic dish with microphone (Senheiser) to
> record sounds? If so,how? How would I adjust gain, etc?
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